Oct. 1, 2011
Aurora, OR - John Carrell placed 36th among the men while Grace Gonzales ran 55th among the women Saturday as Cal State Fullerton placed eighth and tenth in the men's and women's team standings, respectively, at the sixth annual Bill Dellinger Invitational at Springfield Country Club. Nine men's and 10 women's teams competed.
"It was not a good day for the Titans," said Head Coach John Elders. "I will bear the responsibility -- for the women I don't feel I prepared them for the level and depth of the competition. It was a significant step up from our meet and the UCR meet and we didn't get in a position early to compete. I believe we are much better than we showed, we just didn't run to our ability. We'll just have to flush this one.
"The men performed a little bit better overall. We didn't have the depth today. The first three runners were solid but we struggled after that. We weren't able to stay connected with the main pack. Not the result we wanted but the front guys showed they could compete."
Carrell's time for the 8K was 24:39.72. The race winner was Cameron Levins of Southern Utah in 23:10.51. Titans trailing Carrell were Marco Zaragoza im 39th (24:53.05), Tyler Reed in 45th (24:51.11), Anthony Castellon in 66th (25:52.45) and Brandon Perry in 69th (26:00.88).
No. 2-ranked Wisconsin won the race with 19 points to edge host Oregon with 27. From the Big West Conference, UC Riverside was fifth and UC Irvine was sixth.
On the women's side, the host Ducks were the team winner with 13 points thanks to a 3-4-5-6-8 pack finish. Wisconsin was second. The individual winner of the 5K race was Idaho's Hannah Kiser in 16:45.71. Titans trailing Gonzales (18:07.43) were Lauren McIntyre in 57th (18:11.72), Lexie Bravo in 73rd (18:31.11), Casey Candelaria in 79th (18:57.25) and Sara Taylor in 84th (19:01.20).
The Titans run again on Saturday at the Vanguard Invitational hosted by Vanguard University in Costa Mesa.