Harriers hang tough at UC Irvine Invitational

Harriers hang tough at UC Irvine Invitational

IRVINE, Calif. (Sept. 11, 2010) – For the first time this fall both the men's and women's cross country teams took to the course in competition this morning at the UC Irvine Invitational. Following a long, hard week of practice, the Tigers' squads both executed their game-plan. 

The men's team was led home by sophomore Charlie Sauter who ran along side teammates Sebi Delvin-Foltz and Mario Castillo throughout the first two miles of the 8000 meter race. After that point in the race, Sauter took off to improve his standings more than 40 slots as he cruised past the finish line in 26:51.0, setting a new cross country lifetime best.

Thirty-nine seconds later Devlin-Foltz and Castillo finished the race stride-for-stride after moving up more than 20 places in the final half of the race.

The next two Tigers home were freshmen Lang Pratt-Otto and Javier Quiroz who both raced bravely in their first college cross country race, respectively, finishing in 27:59.0 and 28:31.7.

Occidental's women were paced by junior Anna Dalton who completed the 5000m race in 19:39.1. Just as her male counterparts did, Dalton showed significant improvement over the second half of the race today.

Next in line for the Tigers were classmates Sadie Mohler, Eliza Dornbush, and Meghan Whalen who crossed the line in 19:52.6, 20:02.8 and 20:04.9, respectively. The next Tiger to finish was sophomore Deanna Dupuy who posted a new lifetime best time of 20:22.8.

Next weekend the squads will head south to San Diego for the 2010 Aztec Invitational. Both the men's and women's teams will be split between invitational and open races with the top seven men and women racing in the invitational sections. Runners line up at 9:00 a.m.

Article by Tracy Maple, Sports Information Director