Nov. 12, 2011
Palo Alto, Calif. - Cal State Fullerton completed its 2011 cross country season Saturday at Stanford with the men finishing 22nd among 25 teams and the women 29th among 31 squads in the NCAA West Regional Championship.
Stanford nipped Portland for the men's team championship while Washington won the women's race handily ahead of Arizona and Stanford.
"Our goal going into the meet was to have something positive happen at the end of our season and improve upon our performance at the Big West meet," said Head Coach John Elders. "And the men did that. We didn't perform at the level we would have liked to, but still we were better than the conference championships. We had a group of three (Tyler Reed, Marco Zaragoza and John Carrell that ran and worked together in the first half of the race. Tyler especially was able to move up the last two miles. He ran the second half of the race faster than the first half.
"It would have felt better to finish ahead of the three or four teams close to us, but overall we ran much better than at the conference meet.
"The ladies had a tough time. We were really shorthanded. Tijerra Lynch did not compete because of a medical issue and Lexie Bravo has been struggling with a toe problem and it really got enflamed. We put in a good effort."