ASU cross country competes in first meet of season at UC Riverside Invitational

Vincent Mauri finished the 8k in 23:44.8, helping the men's team to place 6th

ASU cross country competed at the UC Riverside Invitational in Riverside, CA on Saturday, with six Sun Devils finishing in the top-50 in the meet. 

Junior Vincent Mauri finished the meet in third place, which propelled the men's team to sixth, while the women's team finished 10th.

Mauri's 23:44.8 was only 37 seconds behind the first-place finisher of the men's 8k, sophomore Patrick Kiprop of Fresno Pacific University. 

Head coach Patrick Henner mentioned Mauri was a breakout candidate before the season. He finished last year with a personal record in the Pac-12 championships and has picked up right where he left off. 

Mauri was 9.5 seconds away from tying his personal record of 23:35.3 from last year.

Freshman Hayden Sparks led the women's team with a time of 21:23.9, which placed her 33rd on the individual leaderboard for the women's 6k run. 

Junior Caitlin Rose finished the women's 6k run in 43rd place with a time of 21:43.3 while sophomore Gracie Carr finished in 47th with a time of 21:44.9. 

Freshman Kylie Miller finished with a time of 22:02.9, good for 65th place. Freshman Claire Le Gallo placed 69th with a time of 22:04.9. 

Junior Jenna Lee and freshmen Kate Miller, Brooke Roldan and Hailey Orosz rounded out the race for the Sun Devils. 

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The men's team had three runners in the top-25 and finished with 193 points. For the women's team, none placed in the top-25, but three finished in the top-50. They ended with 236 points.

The women's team ended with a total team time of 1:48:59 while the men's team finished with a time of 2:04:02. 

Four other Sun Devils hit personal records in the 8k race: senior Joseph Dicke, senior Adam Meyer, sophomore Garrett McSheffrey and Lee. They finished with times of 24:26.3, 25:20.0, 26:09.6 and 22:15.0, respectively. 

The prized freshman Dayton Carlson did not run, but he should make an impact later in the year for ASU.

Carlson is coming into his freshman season after being named Gatorade Runner of the Year in both track and field and cross country. He also earned three state titles, ranked first in Arizona in three events and ranked in the top-40 in the 800 and 1600m events. 

ASU will compete next in Tucson at the Dave Murray Invite on Saturday, Oct. 2.

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