Matador Women Win UNLV Desert Invitational; Hays Wins Men's Race

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Matador Cross Country teams continue to roll as the Matador women won for the first time in recent memory.

Similar to the men's victory two weeks ago at San Diego State, the women's race ended in dramatic fashion Saturday as the team was tied with UNLV at 50 points following the race. However the Matadors claimed the victory over UNLV by the places the athletes scored. 


"We knew coming down the stretch that every place was going to count," said Head Cross Country coach Avery Anderson. "You run for miles through the desert then have it come down to a footrace over the last few meters for the win. It doesn't get any better than this."


CSUN runners were faster than the rebels by an average of 3.0 seconds per athlete.

The team was led by Araceli Zainos who finished second overall in 19:05. Rounding out the scorers were Fany Alvarado (7th), Yvonne Castillo-Urbina (10th), LeGia Pendergraph (15th) and Alexis Pichardo (16th). Finishing just out of scoring position for the Matadors was Kaitlin Janes (17th) who was followed by teammates Kendahl Waalk, Vanessa Carr, and Annalise Lopez.


On the men's side, Hunter Hays won his 2nd consecutive cross country meet for the Matadors. Hays dominated the men's 8K race in a winning time of 25 minutes and 29 seconds. The men's team finished 3rd overall.


The Matadors head to UC San Diego next week, then host the annual CSUN Cross Country Invitational Oct. 13th on the CSUN campus.