QUINONES, WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY FINISH FIRST, MEN SECOND AT FRESNO MEET

QUINONES, WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY FINISH FIRST, MEN SECOND AT FRESNO MEET

FRESNO, Calif. — Led by a victory from Amy Quinones and five top eight finishes, the Sacramento State women's cross country team opened its 2018 season by claiming the team title at the Fresno Cross Country Invitational on Saturday at Woodward Park. The Hornet men finished in second place and were led by newcomer Andres Sandoval.

Quinones, who has led the team in every meet dating back to 2016, crushed the field with a 5K time of 18:02.00. That time left her over 13 seconds ahead of UNLV Agnes Mansarary who finished in second and made Quinones one of just four women to break 18:30 during the race.

Sophomores Cagnei Duncan and Rachel Victor as well as freshmen Rosemary David and Alysia Foley finished fifth through eighth, respectively. The four all had times between 18:36.70 and 18:48.90 and stayed true to the team's pre-race plan to run as a pack.

The Hornets totaled 27 points to easily finish first in the team standings. UCLA was second with 45 while UNLV completed the top three with 95.

Sophomore Andrew Sandoval made his debut for Sacramento State after transferring from Holy Names and finished third overall at 20:42.40. His time left him 10.5 seconds behind Chris Morzenti of UCLA who was the individual winner. The team had three others in the top 10 comprised of Tristen Thomson (6th, 20:48.70), Elijah Changco (8th, 21:05.50) and Ross Walker (9th, 21:14.90).

As a team, the Hornets amassed 19 points to finished behind UCLA (36). Fresno State was the next closest team with 83 points.

Sacramento State will next compete at the UC Riverside Invitational on Sept. 15.

FRESNO CROSS COUNTRY INVITATIONAL
Women's Team Scores (5K)
1. Sacramento State 27
2. UCLA 45
3. UNLV 95
4. Fresno State 100
5. Fresno Pacific 109
6. CSU Bakersfield 146

Individual Top Five
1. Amy Quinones, SAC, 18:02.00
2. Agnes Mansaray, UNLV, 18:15.30
3. Lily Schmidt, UNCLA, 18:28.30
4. Ellie Leather, FS, 18:29.70
5. Cagnei Duncan, SAC, 18:36.70

Sacramento State Finishers
1. Amy Quinones 18:02.00
5. Cagnei Duncan 18:36.70
6. Rachel Victor 18:39.90
7. Rosemary David 18:47.50
8. Alysia Foley 18:48.90
15. Emma Armstrong 19:06.00
19. Denise Reis 19:20.80
21. Blayney Dolan 19:22.00
26. Amelia Pear 19:47.10
42. Jaclyn Leduc 21:23.30

Men's Team Scores (4-Mile)
1. UCLA 19
2. Sacramento State 36
3. Fresno State 83
4. Fresno Pacific 86

Individual Top Five
1. Chris Morzenti, UCLA, 20:31.90
2. Munir Kabbara, UCLA, 20:34.70
3. Andres Sandoval, SAC, 20:42.40
4. Artin Allahverdian, UCLA, 20:46.60
5. Andrew Ehrenberg, UCLA, 20:48.00

Sacramento State Finishers
3. Andres Sandoval 20:42.40
6. Tristen Thomson 20:48.70
8. Elijah Changco 21:05.50
9. Ross Walker 21:14.90
11. Shane Marshall 21:21.00
16. Santiago Ruiz 21:37.50
22. Anthony Lemus 22:05.60
25. Abrahama Maldonado 22:40.20