Laura Vazquez Takes 38th at USA Junior XC Champs
Feb. 2, 2013
ST. LOUIS -
San Diego State freshman Laura Vazquez finished 38th at the 2013 USA Junior Cross Country Championships Saturday at Forest Park in St. Louis.
Vazquez completed the 6,000-meter course in 23 minutes, 18.5 seconds (23:18.5) to take 38th out of 50 runners. The top-six finishers in the race earned a spot at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on March 24, including Emily Stites, who won the race in 20:27.3
The temperature was about 40 degrees at race time under windy conditions.
Vazquez was coming off a fantastic freshman season with the Aztecs, where she was the top runner on the team twice and in the top four in all seven races. Vazquez finished with three top-five finishers, including a runner-up showing in her collegiate debut at the UCSD Opener on Aug. 31. She ended up taking 38th at the Mountain West Championships and 105th at the NCAA West Regional Championships, and posted collegiate-best times of 18:34.0 in the 5K (Oct. 19 at the Fullerton Invitational) and 21:40.0 in the 6K (Nov. 9 at the NCAA West Regionals).
Complete results can be found at http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calendar/2013/USA-Cross-Country-Championships/Results/JuniorW/Overall.aspx.
USA Junior Cross Country Championships
Forest Park - St. Louis
February 2, 2013
Individual Results (out of 50 finishers)
1. Emily Stites (Unattached) - 20:27.3
2. Erin Finn (Unattached) - 20:48.6
3. Carrie Verdon (Colorado) - 21:08.8
4. Kathryn Knight (Unattached) - 21:09.3
5. Samantha Nadel (Unattached) - 21:10.3
38. Laura Vazquez (SDSU) - 23:18.5