SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Oct. 19 – Southern Utah’s women spent the weekend in California as the cross country squad raced at Santa Clara’s Bronco Invitational. The T-Birds finished ninth in a field of 19 teams, recording a split of about 30 seconds between the first and last scoring runners.
“We are very pleased to see a top-ten finish, especially with the split time these women recorded,” head coach Eric Houle said. “We’ve basically started over as a team this year, with only a couple seniors returning, and this finish is really a credit to these women and what they are doing.”
Shelli Mogensen led the women at the Bronco Invitational, finishing 47th in the 6k with a time of 21:30.3. Dayna VanArsdol came next for Southern Utah, racing to a 57th-place time of 21:40.4. Ashley Hawks and Kaylee Boyer followed in 74th and 78th place, recording respective times of 21:52.8 and 21:54.1, while Rachel Stone tallied the rest of the squad’s points with a 92nd-place finish and time of 21:59.9.
The T-Birds’ combined efforts resulted in a score of 247, placing the squad ahead of in-state rival Utah Valley (10th, 261) and fellow Big Sky competitor Idaho State (13th, 328).
“The nice thing is that we’re still on pace to get faster and faster as the season progresses,” Houle continued. “I would not be surprised to see us break into the top five at conference.”
The Thunderbirds will take a two-week break from competition as the men and women prepare for the Southern Utah’s second cross country championship in the Big Sky Conference. Montana State will host the championship, set to take place in Bozeman on Nov. 2.