XC Runners Disappointed
Nov. 13, 2010
Eugene, Oregon - The 2010 cross country season ended in disappointment for both the men's and women's Cal State Fullerton squads at the NCAA West Regional Meet Saturday at the University of Oregon.
The Titan women placed 24th among 31 teams while the men were 23rd among 25. Tyler Reed had the best individual finish with a 74th (31:28.49) in the men's 10 K while Gail Munoz led the women in 100th place (21:53.18) over the 6K Springfield Country Club grass course.
Host Oregon qualified both of its team for the Nationals on Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Ducks' men were first while the women were second behind Washington. The individual winners were Jordan Hassay of Oregon in the women's race in 20:01.90 while Portland's Trevor Dunbar won the men's race in 29:57.89.
"It was not a good day for the Titans," said Head Coach John Elders. "Very disappointing. We were not able to maintain the momentum we had built during the invitational part of the schedule. We had some injuries and illness but the bottom line was we didn't get it done.
"I honestly believe that both squads are better than we have shown in the championship season. We will have to use this experience to get better. We will focus forward on the track season.
"The one bright spot was Tyler Reed. He finished 74th, but he was running in the front pack of 10 halfway through the race. He faded in the second half but he was competing and he is capable of running at the elite level."