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Raider men win handily

SAN FRANCISCO — Three weeks of no competition and racing only against each other turned out to be a good way to prepare the second-ranked Southern Oregon men’s cross country team for what it saw at the finish line of Friday’s San Francisco State Invitational.

It was all Raiders at Golden Gate Park’s Speedway Meadow, where SOU runners accounted for six of the top eight men’s finishers in the 172-person, 8,000-meter race. That translated to an easy team title — SOU accumulated just 20 points, and second-place Cal State Stanislaus had 89 — and the 24th-ranked Raider women claimed sixth in the 6K of 16 teams, which were mostly of the NCAA variety.

Academy of Art’s Valentin Pepiot won the men’s race in 24 minutes, 53.1 seconds, and the unattached Luis Luna was runner-up in 24:49. The next six spots belonged to SOU: Jared Hixon in 25:04.2, Eric Ghelfi in 25:05.4, Kevin Jorgensen in 25:05.6, Max Runia in 25:11.4, Dylan Alexander in 25:12.6, and Cary Dunagan in 25:14.1.

Connor Cushman, SOU’s final scorer, placed 12th (25:23.3).

Of the other 15 teams, only Stanislaus and Humboldt State had two runners among the top 15.

For the third meet in a row, Summer Cano was SOU’s top women’s finisher, placing sixth in 22:15.7. Karen Silvas helped herself to 22nd (22:51.8) and Rebecca Lupescu was 28th (23:02.9) out of 159 total entrants.

Rounding out SOU’s women’s scorers were Jessie Rozario in 45th (23:30.8) and Stephanie Ramirez in 56th (23:57.8).

Monterey Bay’s Hanna Bell possessed the winning women’s time of 21:40.8. Humboldt won the team title with 73 points.