CROSS COUNTRY OPENS YEAR AT NEVADA TWILIGHT MEET
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State cross country teams will begin their 2007 season at the Nevada Twilight Classic on Friday night. The meet begins at 7 p.m. at Rancho San Rafael Park and will feature four races (two high school, a 4K women’s race and a 6K men’s race. The Hornets will be joined by Nevada, UCLA, UC Riverside and Shasta JC.
Sacramento State is coming off one of its finest seasons in school history. The Hornets set numerous personal records during the year and had two athletes named to the all-Big Sky Conference team.
The season culminated at the Big Sky Championships which were hosted by the Hornets at Granite Regional Park. The men started the day by placing fifth overall — its best showing since 1996. Individually, Dominic Vogl was named all-Big Sky after placing 10thin 24:51. His time was the fastest by a Hornet at the Big Sky Championships in school history while his place was the third best.
On the women’s side, Sacramento State finished seventh and was led by Kristina Holtz who placed seventh. The sophomore ran 17:56.2 to record the third-best time in school history at the championships.
The 2007 men’s team features six returners from last season one newcomer. Back on the squad are Daniel Carlson, Jeffrey Paneda, David Rabinowitz, Jason Sey, Colin Szehner and Vogl. The six combined to run 27 races last season as Vogl, Sey and Carlson ran in all six meets. The lone newcomer is sophomore Scott Grose who transferred from Concord University in West Virginia. Grose was previously a high school teammate of Carlson’s in Ohio.
The women’s roster will have a few more new faces as well as a hearty group of returners. Holtz is back for her junior year after leading Sacramento State in all six races last season. Erin Wachter, Mary Wagner, and Beatrice Mireles also return in 2007. The team will also receive a boost from track veterans Sara Baxter and Brittany Thomas as well as five newcomers. That group includes freshmen Athena Gillen, Lora Marchini, Shelly Pugh and Renisha Robinson. Junior college transfer Jodie Leal will also make her debut this season.
After competing at Nevada, Sacramento State will next host the Hornet Jamboree on Sept. 15. The meet will take place at Granite Regional Park.