Cross Country Places Fifth at Mark Covert Classic
Aug 31, 2013
BREA, Calif. - San Diego State sophomore Laura Vazquez posted a 20th-place individual finish on Saturday to lead the Aztec cross country team at the Mark Covert Classic in Brea, Calif. Vazquez completed the 5,000-meter course at Carbon Canyon Regional Park with a time of 19 minutes, 11.4 seconds at the season-opening race, which featured 147 runners.
As a team, SDSU placed fifth out of eight Division I squads with 113 points, trailing fourth-place and host school Cal State Fullerton (95 pts.), while Loyola Marymount (34 pts.), Pepperdine (66 pts.) and USC (73 pts.) comprised the top three.
Following Vazquez, junior Jessica Cygan was the next Aztec runner to cross the finish line, clocking in at 19:24.3, which was good for 29th place, followed by sophomore trio of Jessica McCall (33rd - 19:31.6), Chelsea Kruthers (34th - 19:31.9) and Rachel Roesgen (35th - 19:32.9).
The Scarlet and Black was also represented by freshman Elaine Ribeiro, who ended her first collegiate race in the 52nd position at 20:04.1, while junior Katy Smith finished in 68th with a time of 20:19.5, three places ahead of fellow teammate Melissa Wendorf, who took 71st with a clocking of 20:25.0.
Rounding out the Aztec contingent was freshman Cali King, who wound up 103rd after completing the course at 21:19.9.
Grace Graham-Zamudio of LMU was the individual champion, posting a winning time of 17:45.5, nearly seven seconds ahead of teammate Danielle Shanahan (17:53.0), while USC's Erica Capellino took third (17:54.9).
SDSU returns to the course next weekend when it competes in the adidas/UCI Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 7, in Irvine, Calif.