STANFORD, Calif. -- Another pair of strong individual performances highlighted the second race of the season for Azusa Pacific’s cross country teams Saturday at the Stanford Invitational. Lauren Jimison and Wade Meddles each posted sixth-place individual finishes, with Jimison leading the women’s team to a sixth-place team finish while the Cougar men took 17th in a competitive field of mostly NCAA Division I programs.
Jimison ran the 6k course in 20:37, just three seconds away from a top-five finish, and she was joined in the top 70 by four other Cougars. Poppy Lawman took 14th with a time of 21:07, and Kristie Sikma was the third Cougar across the finish line with a 21:51 that placed her 44th overall. Melissa Telon and Sarah Higgens finished just seconds apart with Telon taking 66th with a time of 22:11 while Higgens’ 22:15 was good for 70th overall.
Stanford won both the individual and team titles in the race it hosted, placing each of its top five finishers in the overall top 10. The Cougars, however, were one of just four programs in the race with five finishers in the overall top 70. The other three were Stanford, UC Davis, and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo – all NCAA Division I programs. Azusa Pacific also finished behind another pair of Division I teams in Utah and Loyola Marymount.
Meddles added another sixth-place finish in the men’s 8k race, finishing behind four Stanford runners plus UC Davis senior Jon Peterson. He crossed the line in 24:01, just ahead of UCLA’s top-four group. Peter Buscheck ran a 26:07, taking 120th overall, while Zach Ginn was just five spots and four seconds behind Buscheck with a 26:11, 125th-place finish. Anthony Lacambra and Christian Sanchez both finished in the top 200, and Devin Pierce was 201st in the 242-runner field.
Stanford also claimed the individual and team titles in the men’s race, while the Cougars finished in 17th between Division I programs Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and Cal.
Azusa Pacific returns to action in two weeks, taking on a number of NAIA programs at the Oct. 8 Vanguard Invitational in Costa Mesa.