CSUN Women Place 15th at Stanford Invitational, Men Finish 12th

STANFORD, Calif. - The Cal State Northridge men's and women's cross country team faced another strong field Saturday at the Stanford Invitational. The women took 15th and the men finished 12th.

"This is one of the biggest and best meets in the country and with the circus atmosphere we came in, kept our composure and competed well," said head coach Avery Anderson. "The best thing about this meet was watching our team starting to round into a more competitive unit."

On the 6k course, the Matador women finished 15th with 437 points and an average time of 25:09.

Megan Magaleno was CSUN's top finisher as she finished 71st (134th) in a time of 24:16.2. Nicole Rietveld was 85th (#156) in 24:37.3, Alexis Pichardo was 88th (#167) in 24:53.4, Victoria Olaiz was 94th (#180) in 25:18.5, Annie Weiss was 99th (#202) in 26:40.6 and Kristen Tapia was 101st (#208) in 27:51.

In the men's 8k, the Matadors were 12th among Division I teams competing. Jackson Higgins ran CSUN's top time of 27:43.2 which left the freshman 56th among D. I and 160th overall. Elsewhere, Martin Santillan finished 59th (167th) in 27:49.3, Julio Mora was 64th (191st) in 28:16.4, Marcelo Rosales was 65th (195th) in 28:25.5, Luis Chavez was 68th (198th) in 28:30.6 and Dyan Haerle finished 72nd (219th) in 29:17.

As a team, the Matadors scored 312 points and posted an everage time of 28:09.

"With a young and mostly new team on both the men's and women's side it could have taken a long time to start working better as a group," added Anderson. "But coach Hernandez and coach Laguna have done a great job working with the men's and women's teams to elevate our competitiveness."