Toreros Wrap Up Season at Western Regionals

Kirsten Allan

Nov. 12, 2011

Complete women's results can be found here.

Complete men's results can be found here.

STANFORD, Calif. - Saturday November 12, 2011 will not be remembered by many, as it was just another day. But for the University of San Diego men's and women's cross country teams, today marked the end of a long season of hard work, eventually leading to the 2011 Western Regional meet held at Stanford University's golf course.

With clouds still overhead and a waning drizzle beginning to die off, the gun went off for the men's 8k race. The men got out quick to latch on to the pack, filled with many of the top runners in the country. Battling for much of the race, junior John Cutter pushed the Toreros to stay up with the pack. Competing in the first Western Regional meet of his USD career, freshman John Garcia stuck close to Cutter and closed out the season just shy of the freshman 10k record.

As the sun started to melt through the cool morning clouds at the start of the women's race, blue sky started to creep into view. Despite a tough starting position, the Toreros stuck to a tight pack over the course of the 6k race, shrinking the spread between the top five runners to only 15 seconds. Seniors Kirsten Allan, Tracy Vargo, and Jenessa Rose, running their last races in Torero blue, finished 1, 2, 3 for the women, closing out their USD careers in style by leading their team to a 26th place finish.