William Jessup women run to school history
RIVERSIDE – The men's and women's cross-country team traveled to the UC Riverside Invite that hosted more than 800 runners from across the country with teams from all divisions.
"UC Riverside put on a great meet. The course accommodated for a large field and made it nice in competition. I like to have at least one long travel meet with good competition so the athletes get a good experience like it would be at the national level, both in travel and competition," Jessup cross-country head coach Parker Daniells said. "Both races had large fields and went out fast. It makes the athletes think quick and forces them to be aware of their bodies to know what to do on the course well."
In a field of 18 teams in the open 5K, the Lady Warriors finished 14th with an average time of 19:46.96 – a new school record. The men competed in the standard 8K, finishing in the bottom tier of 22 teams and more than 300 runners.
"The women's team broke the school record in team time and team average today. Bailey Shykowski tied the school record of 19:06," Daniells said. "Eight of our 11 girls had a personal best today, which I am very happy about; the other three had logistical things that can easily be fixed for next time."
Leading the Warriors was the familiar face of Bailey Shykowski, finishing in the top 50 of a field of more than 200 runners.
"Shykowski ran a very strategic race today and listened very well to her body," Daniells added. "She picked up a lot of people over that last 1,000 meters, which was the plan for the whole team."
The sophomore runner finished with a time of 19:06.29, followed by teammates Hannah Schmit (19:34.06), Amanda Barthelmes (19:48.81), Megan Leonhardt (20:11.46) and Mckenzie Ulloa (20:14.18).
"I am very excited about our No. 3-7 runners right now; they stepped up big in this race to keep the spread close and push our team from behind. That was one of the few items we wanted to focus on in this race was pushing our middle group up as much as possible and we accomplished that really well today," said Daniells. "We have good depth this year, which allows a lot of variability in the team. I never know who is next in order as it could be anyone, which is very exciting to have on a team."
Leading the Warriors’ men was freshman Tyler Southwood, with a 27:11.09 finish at 173 of more than 300 runners.
"Southwood ran very well for his debut 8K race," said coach Daniells. "Very challenging race to be introduced to in that distance, but it is good to see as a freshman what to expect in the future."
Junior Michael Kinoshita followed Southwood coming in at 28:23.39, with a Warrior pack close behind. Also finishing were junior David Koogler (28:31.53), sophomore Alan DeVries (28:34.80), Zachary Mettler (28:48.18) and Justin Keehner (29:54.88).
"The men's team did very well. It's always a hard transition for the men going into their first 8K of the season. They prepared well in their training to compete as they should have, we have been fighting a lot of sickness on the team over the last three weeks, which did not help the men's side going into today,” Daniells said. “We had a lot of amazing individual accomplishments on the men's side that is very exciting. We see a lot of progress in this team and success in the near future.”
Both teams will take the next three weeks to prepare for their next level of competition at the San Francisco State University Invite at Golden Gate Park on Oct. 7.