Cross Country Runs Well at Mustang Invitational

Submitted by: Ron Smith - October 2nd, 2016


Blake Fonda

Blake Fonda (right)

Westmont Men’s and Women’s Cross Country competed in the Mustang Challenge on Saturday. The 17th-ranked men’s team finished fourth among the nine competitors and first among NAIA teams. The ninth-ranked women’s team finished sixth of 13 teams and second among NAIA competitors.

The men’s 8,000 meter race was won by UC Irvine who recorded 35 points. The Anteaters’ Isaiah Thompson won the race in a time of 24:59.6. UCLA finished second with 58 points while Cal State San Marcos scored 73 points to claim third.

Sophomore Blake Fonda was the first Warrior to cross the finish line, completing the course in 26:01.4 for 18th place. Three more Warriors followed closely behind: junior Roberto Bazan was 22nd in a time of 26:07.7, freshman Michael Oldach took 23rd in a time of 26:09.4 and sophomore Kyle Fredrickson was 24th with a mark of 26:13.5. Junior Thomas Hamlin completed the Westmont’s scoring with a time of 26:44.1 and a 33rd place finish. The result was a team spread of 42.7 seconds.

Westmont scored a team total of 120 points, three better than fourth-ranked The Master’s who finished fifth. The Master’s had a team spread of over 64 seconds. Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) took sixth place with 130 points.

Westmont Women’s Cross Country also had a team spread of 42.7 seconds and scored 152 points. The Master’s ranked at number four, finished fourth with 111 points and a team spread of 93.5 seconds.

Freshman Maia Halvorson completed the race in 16th place with a time of 18:51.3. Senior Olivia Wood claimed 20th place in a time of 18:56.7. Senior Emily Williams and junior Dominique Delgado claimed 37th and 38th in times of 19:21.6 and 19:26.1 respectively. Senior Kayla Darnbrough was the fifth Westmont finisher, posting a time of 19:34.1 in a 41st place finish.

Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) finished in seventh place with 191 points and Arizona Christian was eighth with 201 points.

The women’s 5,000 meter race was won by Natalie Rodriguez (17:53.3) of Cal State San Marcos, whose team also finished first in the competition with a total of 50 points.

The Warriors will run again on Saturday, October 8 at the Vanguard Invitational.

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