October 11, 2013

Pacific Finishes Sixth at SF State Invite

SAN FRANCISCO - Pacific Cross Country took sixth place at the San Francisco State Invitational at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on Friday afternoon, competing in a 6K Race featuring a mixture of Division I and II schools from throughout the region.

Sophomore Mia Knipper (Morada, Calif.) paced the Tigers with a 30th place finish overall in 23:40.1 while sophomore Lauren Nakaso (San Ramon, Calif.) followed with a 23:46.0 time, good for 34th overall.

Sophomore Grace McManus (Apple Valley, Calif.) finished in 43rd with a time of 24:29.4 to round out the Tigers in the top 50.

Freshman Myra Lakdawala (Karachi, Pakistan) finished with a time of 26:00.6 while sophomore Jessica Guerra (Stockton, Calif.) set a new personal record in the 6K by 40 seconds, finishing with a time of 26:09.8.

Sophomore Dale Dong (Stockton, Calif.) also set a new personal record, besting her previous 6K mark by more than two minutes, finishing with a time of 26:38.7.

Sophomore Ashley Keeline (Chula Vista, Calif.) finished with a time of 27:34.7, senior Cassi Rush (Gilbert, Ariz.) finished in 27:51.9, junior Micaela Todd (Mill Creek, Wash.) set a personal record with a time of 27:58.5 and sophomore Karla Segura (Stockton, Calif.) followed with a time of 29:02.9.

Coach Josh Jones was pleased with the performance in San Francisco.

"‪We didn't run our top three and we still ended up with a sixth place finish. Mia is looking ready to go for her third race of the season. Grace is very close to having a break out race and next week should be great for her." 

Jones was also pleased with the performances of Guerra and Dong, setting personal records in the 6K.

"As far having huge success, Jessica set a personal record by 40 seconds and had a lot left in her, Dale ran over a two minute personal record and just ran a great race."‬

Pacific will return to the course next Saturday, October 19th at the Bronco Invite in Sunnyvale, Calif. Coach Jones is excited to see his team's performance at the event, hosted by WCC foe Santa Clara.

"‪Next week at the Bronco Invite, we should see some amazing times and some new personal records," Jones said.

Stay tuned to PacificTigers.com for more information and for results and recaps on race day.