PALO ALTO – Days like Saturday are why the Chico State cross country program is considered one of the best in the West Region, regardless of division. The Wildcats finished fourth out of 28 teams at the Division I Stanford Invitational, behind only Stanford, UCLA and UC Santa Barbara, and well ahead of some of the other top Division I programs in the West, including Loyola Marymount, UC Davis, University of San Francisco, Santa Clara, Sacramento State, Fresno State, and UC Irvine.
Adrian Sherrod finished 14th, Isaac Chavez 26th, Johnny Sanchez 32nd, Alfonso Cisneros 35th, and Joey Kochlacs 44th to give the Wildcats a total of 139 points. They finished ahead of 14 of the 17 Division I teams in the field and obliterated the next best non-Division I finisher, Pomona Pitzer, which finished 13th with 444 points.
No. 2 Western State at Mountaineer Open
GUNNISON, Colo. – Lauren Kleppin picked up her second victory in as many races this season and Trevor Blackman led the men to a perfect score as the Western State College cross country teams swept the 2011 Mountaineer Open Saturday at the Gunnison Community Schools.
No. 4 Colorado School of Mines at Erik Anderson Invitational
SPOKANE, Wash. – Colorado School of Mines was impressive in just its second meet of the season at the Erik Anderson Invite at Plantes Ferry. The Mines won the team title decisively by 58 points in the 25-team race.
The Orediggers were paced by All-American Sean Gildea, the top overall finisher out of 248 competitors in the 8 K race with a time of 24:03.29. Gildea’s time was the fourth-fastest time in the 8 K in the history of CSM cross country.
The Mines men finished in three of the top five spots. Andrew Epperson placed third with a time of 24:31.82 while Russell Drummond came in less than a second behind Epperson with a time of 24:32.50.
Mack McLain finished in 10th place with a time of 24:53.56 while Paul Geimer just missed the top 10 placing 13th with a time of 25:03.79. Derek Alcorn had a strong showing in 15th place with a time of 25:05.42.