Womens Cross Country

Vanguard 1, Menlo College 3

Date of competition: Saturday, October 12, 2019

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As has been the case all season long, Menlo College cross country continues to receive standout performances. Saturday was no exception as the Oaks took part in the 29th annual Vanguard Invitational at the Irvine Regional Parks. It stood as an important race for Menlo, serving as a pre-conference meet with several contenders from the GSAC in action. Menlo finished third among GSAC teams.

Climbing Up
The Oaks ran a full squad for the second consecutive race, and they continued to improve. Competing in a 5k race for the first time this year, the Oaks were sixth overall in the field of 13 teams, while earning third place in the GSAC standings, one better than where they are currently ranked. Only Vanguard, the winners of the race, and Westmont, were better finishers than the Oaks. All five Menlo runners finished in the top-44 out of over 100 competitors.

Within Striking Distance
Menlo was one of five teams to land a pair of runners in the top-15, led by Naomy Lagat and Hannah Dumaine. Lagat paced Oaks runners with a time of 18:43.5, earning her 11th place. Dumaine was just over the 19-minute mark with a time of 19:02.8, giving her 15th overall. These times put the Oaks runners on the cusp of finishing in the top-five individually, while also giving Menlo a shot at a top-five finish as a team. The Oaks were within 90 seconds of Westmont, who finished fourth in the race.

Susana Garcia – 32nd, 19:56.5
Rosalina Castro – 40th, 20:32.2
Genesis Siam-Alvarez – 20:45.2

Up Next
Menlo takes part in another conference meet in two weekends as the Oaks travel to Rocklin for the annual Warrior Invitational on Saturday, October 26. After that, it's postseason time with the conference race and the NAIA National Race in November.

posted by Menlo Athletics on Oct 12, 2019 at 8:07 pm

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