Gator cross country teams earn top spots at Crystal Springs Invitational
The SF State cross country teams placed in the top three at the Crystal Springs Invitational Saturday morning as the Gators hosted their second and final home invitational of the year.
The women’s team, who have been battling through sickness, were able to come out on top taking second place with an overall score of 45.
Junior Zuleima Jimenez led the women’s team as she placed third overall with a time of 22:56.
Jimenez felt great after her race and is happy to see the women’s team improved before conference championships in La Jolla, Calif.
“I needed that mental breakthrough,” Jimenez said. “Everybody is pulling together. We’re getting all the sickness out of the way.”
After a strong showing at the Charles Bowles Invitational last week, the men’s team came in third with a score of 102.
Trejo was glad to get back on the course after dealing with an achilles injury earlier in the season.
“It’s definitely one of the toughest courses I’ve ever run,” Trejo said. “You got to put your big boy pants on and just suck it up on those hills out there. It was nice to be able to run without feeling any pain in my leg.”
Senior Ernesto Rodriguez was close behind Trejo, finishing in 14th place with a time of 27:14.
The men’s team recently improved to a No. 26 national ranking in the NCAA Division II poll. With CCAA conference championships just two weeks away, the Gators are looking to find their stride.
Head coach Tom Lyons was proud of Trejo and Rodriguez’s progess today.
“Big improvement, they looked fantastic,” Lyons said. “For our team to do really well in conference and regionals, we need those two guys. Today was really about those two guys.”
The Gators will make one last stop before CCAA championships at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational on Oct. 13th. Both teams will be gearing up for a spot to move onto NCAA Division II West Regionals in Honolulu, Hawaii, Nov. 3.