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Toreros Finish in Fifth Place
Oct. 3, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  - The Torero cross-country teams competed in the Sacramento Capital Cross Challenge Saturday morning. The women's team finished in fifth (out of ten) and the men came in sixth place. Sam Mattice paced the women's team with a record-breaking performance and Liam Burke was the top Torero finisher on the men's side.

"We had a good race on the women's side. It wasn't out best race, but am happy that the team did well. Sam ran the fastest time of her life and ran a 17:10 and got eighth place, " Coach Guarino said. "Andrea also raced very well with a 17:28. On the guys side, it was great to see Liam lead our team today. We are growing but must race closer as a group as we prepare for our championship."

Mattice finished the 5k in 17:09.5, which is a new school record for the cross-country 5k. Andrea Hughes also earned a top 15 finish with a time of 17:29.9 (14th place). The next USD group was Lindsey Benster (43rd, 18:26.9), Sarah Kapple (44th, 18:28.0), and Ashley Mitchell (48th, 18:32.4).

Also competing for the Toreros was Stephanie Lapidus (52nd, 18:35.5), Alex Salazar (53rd, 18:36.7), Sydney Olagaray (58th, 18:47.8), and Natalie North-Cole (60th, 18:49.9).

On the men's side Liam Burke had the top Torero time, coming in 22nd place (25:32.8). The next pack of USD runners was James Pedrotti (32nd, 26:03.4), Malik Hayes (33rd, 26:05.1), and Andre Sanchez (35th, 26:08.0).

Matthew Beasley finished in 44th place with a time of 26:32.5. He was followed by Matthew Smith (49th, 26:45.4), Zach Hinz (54th, 27:07.4), Connor Brandt (55th, 27:09.8), and Om Kanwar (65th, 28:00.6)

The Toreros have next weekend off and then will compete in the Bronco Invite in Sunnyvale, Calif. On October 17.

Women's Final Standings

  1. LMU 39 points, 17:08 average
  2. Cal 51, 17:19
  3. Nevada 81, 17:37
  4. Sacramento St 99, 17:39
  5. SAN DIEGO 139, 18:02
  6. Hawaii 158, 18:13
  7. Pepperdine 179, 18:21
  8. UC Davis 231, 18:49
  9. Pacific 244, 18:51
  10. St. Mary's 246, 18:51

USD Women's Results

  1. Samantha Mattice 17:09.5
  2. Andrea Hughes 17:29.9
  3. Lindsey Benster 18:26.9
  4. Sarah Kapple 18:28.0
  5. Ashley Mitchell 18:32.4
  6. Stephanie Lapidus 18:35.5
  7. Alex Salazar 18:36.7
  8. Sydney Olagaray 18:47.8
  9. Natalie North-Cole 18:49.9

Men's Final Standings

  1. St. Mary's 48 points, 25:04 average
  2. LMU 52, 25:09
  3. Cal 54, 25:11
  4. Pepperdine 102, 25:34
  5. Sacramento State 132, 25:53
  6. SAN DIEGO 152, 26:05
  7. UC Davis 155, 26:08

USD Men's Results

  1. Liam Burke 25:32.8
  2. James Pedrotti 26:03.4
  3. Malik Hayes 26:05.1
  4. Andre Sanchez 26:08.0
  5. Matthew Beasley 26:32.8
  6. Matthew Smith 26:45.4
  7. Zach Hinz 27:07.4
  8. Connor Brandt 27:09.8
  9. Om Kanwar 28:00.6



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