Nabholz Shines, Cross Country Tops Ranked Teams at Santa Clara Bronco Invitational

Janie Nabholz vaulted herself to second place on the program's all-time 6k list with a 20:35.0 on Saturday morning.
Janie Nabholz vaulted herself to second place on the program's all-time 6k list with a 20:35.0 on Saturday morning.

SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Santa Clara cross country posted solid showings as host of the Bronco Invitational Saturday morning at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale, led by Janie Nabholz's 10th place finish in the women's 6k invitational with a time of 20:35.0, just three seconds off a program record.

Jorge Estrella led the men in the 8k invitational with a time of 24:49.3, good for 33rd place.


Estrella, Harvey Chilcott (36th - 24:50.7), Aditya Mohan (44th – 24:54.7), Christian Raslowsky (52nd – 24:57.2), and Brennan Lagerstrom (55th – 24:57.9) scored for the Broncos.

James Konugres (58th – 25:01.8), Spencer Fischer (59th – 25:01.8), Ben Davidson (83rd – 25:23.3), William Hunsdale (88th – 25:26.5), and Drew Burns (129th – 26:07.0) also competed for Santa Clara.

The Broncos finished in fifth, in front of regionally ranked teams Cal State Monterey Bay (14 - West) and Houston (7 – South Central). In all, Santa Clara scored 218 points. UC Santa Barbara won the event with a score of 52 points. Utah Valley's Kevin Lynch outpaced the field by nearly 13 seconds with a 23:42.3.


Nabholz, Emma McCurry (49th – 21:35.5), Sarah King (53rd – 21:37.5), Noelani Obermeyer (57th – 21:39.2), and Hannah Covington (78th – 21:53.6) scored for the Broncos.

Also racing were Maiya Fujiwara (79th – 21:53.7), Hannah Aguirre (114th – 22:17.0), and Ellie Kopf (160th – 22:55.3).

The Broncos finished in eighth with a total of 236 points. They edged ranked teams Cal (9 - West), Houston (4 – South Central), Nevada (15 - Mountain), and UC Davis (13 - West). Utah Valley took home the title with 105 points and San José State's Jenny Sandoval was the top individual finisher at 20:17.6.


In the men's 8k open, Santa Clara took fifth out of 15 teams with a total of 134 points. UC Santa Cruz cruised to victory with 34 points.

Those scoring for Santa Clara were Connor Lehl (36th – 25:35.9), Brendan Jones (43rd – 25:45.5), Ian Kirk (83rd – 26:33.5), Luke Davies (87th – 26:36.0), and Daniel Ziems (113th – 27:15.1).

Antelope Valley's Jackson Thomas was the top collegiate finisher in eighth place with a 24:25.8. PDC's Chris Olley crossed the finish line first in 23:47.8

The women's 6k open saw the Broncos finish second out of 19 teams with 59 points, trailing only UC Santa Barbara and its 44 points.

Scoring for Santa Clara was Lucie Semone (10th – 22:09.9), Hope Olbricht (15th – 22:24.7), Luciana Lenth (19th – 22:34.7), Kaitlyn Twadell (36th – 22:49.0), and Claire Cocales (37th – 22:50.1).

Cecilia Avelar (40th – 22:58.2), Adelaide Vergnolle (49th – 23:10.1), Kalen Abe (54th – 23:14.9), Greta Anderson (55th – 23:15.0), Jackie Cruz (58th – 23:20.6), Marisa Sanchez (60th – 23:24.4), Sasha Codiga (71st – 23:38.2), Kayla Neumann (74th – 23:40.7), Emma Eikelberner (80th – 23:50.0), Lacey Yahnke (127th – 24:47.1), Elizabeth Elcik (128th – 24:47.1), and Sophia Morris (141st – 25:22.9) also raced.

Unattached runner Ayla Granados crossed the finish line first in 20:35.6 and Lauren Lum of UCSB placed fifth with a 21:56.2 to lead all collegiate runners.


The Broncos begin the championship season at the West Coast Conference Championships Friday, Nov. 1 in Los Angeles.


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