Guzman, Devoney Impressive in First Oxy Races

Guzman, Devoney Impressive in First Oxy Races
By Alex Nieves
Sports Information


IRVINE — Despite contending with high temperatures and less than ideal racing conditions, the Occidental men's and women's cross country teams both had solid performances at the UC Irvine Invite on Saturday.

John Guzman Aguilar was the highest overall finisher for the Tigers, coming in eighth with a time of 26:05.2 out of a field that included Division I and top junior college competition.

"(Guzman Aguilar) showed good aggression. He's not afraid to compete and push himself," Head coach Rob Bartlett said. "I think that was a very promising performance for him."

Colin Smith was the next highest finisher on the men's side, finishing 22nd with a time of 27:16.1.Harrison LuftAaron Sugimoto and Miles Anderson all finished in the top 35 for their first collegiate race.   

In the women's race, Mel Devoney, Jenna Wong and Megan Bull all stood out for the Tigers.

Devoney, competing in her first collegiate race, came through with a time of 19:07.5, good for a 12thplace finish. Devoney had the fastest time on the day for a freshman in the field.

"For (Devoney) to be running this well as a freshman is very encouraging," Bartlett said.

Wong finished the race in 18th place with a time of 19:16.6 and Bull followed close behind her with a time of 19:23.7, good for 21st

After the meet, Bartlett said that he was very happy with the women's team performance as a whole, as all of the runners put in strong performances.

The Tigers next meet will be the UC Riverside Invite next Saturday. 

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