Team efforts lead Broncos

By Eric Carlstrom

After a well-earned weekend of rest, the Cal Poly cross country
teams traveled to La Jolla for the Triton Invitational at UC San
Diego.

The Broncos displayed a strong showing on both sides. The women
earned fifth place with 190 points, and the men placed third with
144 points.

Tiffany Turner led the women once again, adding another top-10
finish to her already outstanding senior year.

“Tiffany Turner is just determined to put herself in the Cal
Poly record books,” head coach Troy Johnson said.

Turner finished a second over 22 minutes, for sixth place
honors.The finish was her fourth inside the top 10. Turner also
finished the race atop all runners in the California Collegiate
Athletic Association.

“She’s not even coming from a running background; she comes from
a gymnastics background,” Johnson said. “For the things she’s been
able to do through her determination, you have to applaud her.”

Though the solid race from Turner set the tone for the Broncos,
much of the praise was for the Broncos’ middle runners.

“What impressed me was our middle-of-the-pack runners,” Johnson
said. “Naomi Pride did well and Amber Hebb is continuing to come
around.”

Hebb finished one minute behind Turner for 15th place. Pride
followed Hebb, coming in 27th place at 23:46. In 38th place with a
time of 24:13 was sophomore Sarah Garcia. Junior Denise Salceda
finished in 69th place, and Keiko Noda finished in 109th.

On the men’s side, junior Jersain Torres ran well again and
earned a sixth-place finish. He completed the course in 32:25.3,
and like Turner, led all runners in the CCAA.

“Torres likes to compete,” Johnson said. “He’ll tell you he
likes to step up to the challenge.”

Middle runners on the men’s team also pleased Johnson.

“Alex Wood had a breakout race, and our freshman Clint Hostetler
did great,” Johnson said. “[Alberto] Diaz and [Mariano] Baez both
ran well also.”

The Broncos placed an impressive five runners inside the top 25
of the race.

Wood finished 16th with a time of 33:32.3. The Broncos 3, 4 and
5 runners came in shortly after, when Hostetler, Diaz and Baez
finished 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. Junior Kevin Urak finished 29th with
a time of 34:13.3.

The Broncos now take a week off before going to San Bernardino
for the CCAA Championships, which is the Broncos’ promotional
event, Pack the Course.

“This is the championship phase of our season.,” Johnson said. ”
We want to encourage everyone to come out.”

Team efforts lead Broncos

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Team efforts lead Broncos

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