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Sam Mattice Leads Toreros to Second Place Finish
Sept. 17, 2016

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Torero women's cross-country team finished the USD Invite in second place Saturday morning on Mission Bay. Paced by Sam Mattice's second place finish (22:24), Andrea Hughes (5th, 22:31) and Lindsay Benster (7th; 22:37) also earned top ten finishes.

Racing at the site of the WCC Championships (Oct. 28), the Toreros finished ahead of three other WCC schools.

"The women ran lights out," Head Coach Guarino said after the race. "They ran as a pack as they were supposed to. They were aggressive for the 1k and it paid off. Most importantly, they believed in their abilities and therefore they got it done."

Mattice held a lead for the majority of the race, but was overtaken by Cal State Fullerton's Sierra Ungerman down the stretch. As a team, Fullerton took first place on both the men's and women's side.

"Sam ran remarkably well," Guarino said. "She put her heart out there. She was leading until approximately the 5k mark, but she rolled the dice and sometimes you have to do that. I know Sam doesn't fell well about it, but I'm very proud of her."

Max Pedrotti was the top Torero finisher for the men, who came in fourth place overall. Pedrotti finished in 25:49, good for sixth place.

"On the men's side, we have some work to do," Guarino explained. "But nevertheless Max Pedrotti ran very well. Liam Burke (15th; 26:13) is getting stronger, and Mitch Manis (21st; 26:31) and Matthew Smith (30th; 26:54) ran really well.

The Toreros have next week to rest and recover. Their next race will be October 1 at Lehigh University for the Paul Short Invite.

Women's Team Results

  1. Cal State Fullerton 28
  2. SAN DIEGO 41
  3. LMU 61
  4. Pepperdine 133
  5. Pacific 144
  6. Valparaiso 145

Men's Team Results

  1. Cal State Fullerton 40
  2. LMU 47
  3. Pepperdine 70
  4. SAN DIEGO 92
  5. Valparaiso 114
  6. San Diego Mesa 190 

USD Women's Results - 6k

2 Sam Mattice 22:24
5 Andrea Hughes 22:31
7 Lindsay Benster 22:37
13 Sarah Kapple 23:08
14 Cassidy Kuhn 23:13
15 Natalie North-Cole 23:14
21 Julie Giannini 23:34
22 Hope McLaughlin 23:35
24 Ashley Mitchell 23:41
28 Zani Moore 24:15
33 Mary Tenuta 24:37
34 Amanda Brodow 23:40
38 Kelly Peabody 24:46
40 Stephanie Lapidus 24:58
42 Hailey Purtzer 25:11
45 Camile Morales 25:17
50 Olivia Gonzalez 25:53
51 Erika Brodow 25:56
60 Viki Vozarova 27:38
63 Alissa Barraza 29:15

USD Men's Results - 8k

6 Max Pedrotti 25.49
15 Liam Burke 26:13
21 Mitch Manis 26:31
30 Matthew Smith 26:54
37 Patrick Bruce 27:10
38 TJ Hodges 27:12
47 Matthew Beasley 27:48
52 Om Kanwar 28:18
53 Nate Fierstos 28:23
56 Matthew Sickman 28:38
61 Eli Rosen-Duran 29:22



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