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October 29, 2008 > Cross-country Pioneers claim victory at regional invite

Cross-country Pioneers claim victory at regional invite

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

The Pioneers of Cal State East Bay Men's and Women's Cross Country team recently participated in the largest cross country meet on the West Coast: The Bronco Invitational.

At the meet, which was hosted by Santa Clara University at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale, the men finished 6th out of the 9 team open division; the women were first as a team in the nine team open division.

They placed six runners in the top 30. The top women runners were Nancy Velazquez, 7th, Bernadette Lu, 8th, and Kristin Parker, 10th. Kelly Guerro, Johanna Hotchkiss, Gabriella Cruz and Clarivel Vega rounded out the scoring of points, finishing 16th, 18th, 35th and 53rd for the team respectively.

Even though the men were not as successful as the women in their open division, they did have some bright spots. They placed three runners in the top 50. Elliot Nicholson showed great poise as he finished 9th. Also demonstrating excellent running skill on the course was freshman Francisco Pulido and Matt Bogdanowicz, who each ran the course very tactfully. John Erlandson and Andrew Welch also ran well on the virtually flat course for the Pioneers.

The meet showed that CSEB is a force to be recognized in the competitive Cal Pac Conference.

Pioneer coach Greg Ryan is hopeful about his men's team and pleased with his women's performance this season.

"Our men did very well in the beginning of the season and plan to be there at the end," said Ryan. "We expect big things from Christiana Parker, Bernadette, Kelly Guerro and Johanna this year. We are expected to win another Cal Pac Championship."

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