No. 1 Adams State places second among Division I schools at Stanford
STANFORD, Calif. -- Adams State, ranked No. 1 in the Coaches' Poll, gave Division I No. 9 Stanford all it could handle as the Grizzlies finished second amongst 29 teams at the Stanford Invitational, held Saturday.
The Grizzlies, led by redshirt freshman Kevin Batt, placed three runners in the top eight and had a five-man pack time of just 42 seconds as all five team scorers finished amongst the top 17.
Although they came up just short of a 34-40 decision to the host Cardinal, ASU finished a whopping 83 points better than any other squad in the field, including third-ranked Division II Chico State, which finished third with 123 points. The Grizzlies also defeated 16 Division I squads and 16th-ranked Division II squad Humboldt State (Calif.), which finished 16th.
The No. 2 Grizzly women also finished second to only the host and sixth-ranked (Division I) Cardinal.
Batt finished the 8,000-meter course in 24 minutes, nine seconds to place an impressive second in the 265-runner field.
Master's College senior John Gilbertson won the race in 24:07.
Meanwhile, Grizzly senior David Sanchez took seventh in 24:25 while sophomore Tabor Stevens finished eighth in 24:26 behind three Stanford runners in the top six, which also included one unattached runner, who did not figure in the team standings.
Sophomore Matt Daniels was just behind that pair, taking 11th in 24:34 while sophomore Jovanny Godinez completed the Grizzlies' team score with a 17th place finish in 24:51. They scored 10 and 15 team points, respectively.
The Grizzlies also had five other runners compete who did not figure into the team score. That group was led by sophomore John Luterbach, who finished 27th in 25:04. Senior Andrew Roberts took 32nd in 25:10 while senior Nick Aguila, a transfer from Division I Connecticut took 39th in 25:14.
Drew Graham was 67th in 25:43 while freshman Bryce Gregoire took 74th in 25:46 to round out the Grizzly contingent.