SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Menlo College Men's and Women's Cross Country competed at The Master's University Invitational early Saturday morning and the freshman-laden team on the men's side and both of the women competing put together personal best times across the board. The Men's team was one of nine NAIA teams to compete in a race that also included a host of NCAA Div. I and II squads, Noble Boutin led the way with a personal best time of 27:09.7 in the 8k race. The four freshman: Logan Pine, Chandler Garrison, Chris Naddour and Ethan Adams all boasted personal best times as well. Ethan Adams was competing in his first career collegiate cross country meet. The Master's University took home top honors in the open division with its top five runners placing second, fourth, 10th, 14th and 30th. Westmont checked in at second with Embry-Riddle of Arizona placing third.
On the women's side, Dorian Aberouette and Rachel Valencia each ran personal best times in the 5k event. Aberouette was Menlo's top finisher by two seconds with a time of 22:05. Valencia was close behind at 22:07.2. The Master's University made it a clean sweep as they also took home first place in the women's open division.
"We are really proud of how the team has raced these last two weeks. It's tough to go back to back weeks, especially for our freshman. We are looking forward to a long break and some hard training before our last two meets of the season," said Head Coach Dan Noel.
The Oaks are next in action at the Warrior invite hosted by William Jessup in Rocklin on October 21st.