FULLERTON, Calif. --- Jacquie Lutz ran a school-record 18:04.9 to lead California Baptist University to a fourth-place finish at the 5k Cal State Fullerton Titan Invitational Friday evening.
Lutz's time, which placed her ninth in the 101-runner field,
bettered Lorita Leonhardt's 10-year-old school-record time of 18:15 set in
As a team, the Lancers ran a 1:33.50.5, the second fastest team time in school history. They scored 106 points to finish behind meet champion Azusa Pacific (1:29:34.8), which had three runners finish in the top 10 and compiled 46 points. Loyola Marymount (1:32:47.0) finished second with 80 points. Cal State Bakersfield (1:32:58.3) was third with 94 points.
The Lancers finished ahead of NCAA Division I contingencies from USC, UCLA, UC Irvine, San Diego and Pepperdine. There were 10 teams in the field.
Ashlee Cervantes finished 27th with an 18:42.1. She was followed by Natalia Richeri, who ran an 18:52.6 to finish 31st, Naomi Van Setten (19:03.5), who was 39th, and Ana Mendoza, who ran a 19:07.4 to place 41st.
In the men's race, the Lancers ran the second fastest 8k team time in school history with a 2:06:39.7 to narrowly finish third with 54 points, just three behind the NAIA's No. 18-ranked Azusa Pacific (2:05:27.8). UCLA won the race with a total time of 2:04:52.9, good for 28 points.
The Cougars finished 1-2 in the race and didn't have another in the top 15, but the top two finishers were enough to overcome the Lancers, who had three races finish in the top 15.
Mitchell Moore became the fifth Lancer in program history to break the 25-minute barrier as he ran a team season-best and a personal-best 24:58.0 to finish ninth. Sergio Rodriguez was 13th with a 25:11.2, and Mark Langworthy was 14th with a 25:12.2.
Kody Petersen (25:36.6) finished 28th and Joshua
Massey (25:41.7) was 30th. Once again, the Lancers were without the
services of All-GSAC Javier Madrid.
There were 92 racers and five teams in the men's field. The Lancers finished ahead of Loyola Marymount and La Verne.