Sept. 29, 2001
Palo Alto, Ca - For the second straight year, the Gauchos found themselves at the forefront of the Stanford Invitational Race. Placing 3rd in a 28-team field, the men posted a solid showing at their first "big meet." Though the team finished in the front of the pack, a sour taste was left after finishing behind conference opponent Utah State. The Gauchos logged a final score of 78 with Utah State 20 points ahead.
"It's difficult to lose to a conference opponent," said senior Aaron Sharp. "But it's early in the year." The men were led by 5th year seniors Josh Horton and Eric Gans, finishing in the 7th and 11th scoring spots respectively. The Gauchos packed up well with junior Brandon von Guenthner taking 16th, junior Bryon Lamorandier in 21st, and Aaron Sharp in 23rd.
Bryon Lamorandier celebrated his 21st birthday with the most notable race of the day. Bryon was called to fill in for Steve Rider, who was resting due to injury, and established himself with a terrific race, running over a minute faster over the course from the year before. "Lamo ran great for us!" exclaimed head coach Pete Dolan. "He's definitely expanding his range from strictly a 1500 meter runner."
The men will rest this weekend, but will run in one of their most important races of the year the following weekend at the Pre-NCAA meet in South Carolina. The team needs to garner "at-large" points by beating outer-region teams that will qualify automatically for the NCAA championships.