Both the men's and women's team competed at the UC-Ricerside Invitational on Saturday. The men's team had a very good outing, while the women's team had a little of an off day while missing some runners.
"I thought the girls up front did a good job of running together and staying close to each other. I feel they competed well and had a tremendous finish, but we can work on some things to keep getting better every week," said Coach Daniel Pescador. The women were running without 3 of their top runners today and managed a 24th place finish.
The men followed the women's race, and turned in a 7th place team finish. The men were once again led by freshman Tristan Stellmach who ran to a 15th place finishing running 26:00.3.
"Tristan has really solidified himself as our top runner and he's been racing very well. He is really setting himself up for a big year," said Coach Pescador. The Thunderbirds really stuck together through out the race and kept a tight pack.
"I think we did a much better job of packing it up, and that's what really helped them finish 7th as a team. We still have improvement to make, but it was good day for the team running their first 8k of the year," said Coach Pescador.