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Rozcicha Steals the Show at 38th Charles Bowles Invitational
Written by Christopher Hill    Saturday, 29 September 2012 15:59   

SALEM, Ore. – Senior Amber Rozcicha's performance proved to be the highlight of what were strong performances from both the men and women's cross country teams on Saturday morning, as the two squads ran in the 38th Charles Bowles invitational held in Salem, Ore. Rozcicha bested 212 runners in the 5k with her time of 17:46.70, 18 seconds faster than the second place finisher. Neil Siebert of the men's team also had a strong day coming in 28th overall in a field of 170.

While Rozcicha had her best day of the season, she wasn't the only member of the Viks to crack the top-15 as senior Sarah Dean came in 11th with at time of 18:36.13. Freshman Valerie Mitchell finished with a time of 19:07.02 (41st), while sisters Brandy Castillo and Brittany Castillo finished with times of 19:18.44 and 19:43.72, respectively. Meanwhile freshman Katherine Hendricks completed the 5,000-meter event with a time of 20:28.68 and sophomore Erica Contos ran a time of 20:31.96.

The women's team finished third of five squads with a point total of 82, beating out the University of Portland, and Creighton. Oregon State took top honors in the event with Boise State coming in second.

In the men's race it was Seibert who once again led the pack for the Viks placing 28th with a time of 26:903.91. Freshman Jonathan Talik was the second PSU runner to finish with a time of 26:46.74 (73rd) while sophomore Jake Schwartz completed the race with a time of 27:22.54. Newcomer Maksim Zemtsov ran the 8k with a time of 27:43.19 and senior Tony Crisofulli finished with a 29.12.85 mark.

The men's team finished fourth of four teams, with a total of 97 points. Portland took the top spot with Boise State and Creighton taking second and third, respectively.

Both teams will be back in action on Oct. 13 when they compete at the Warner Pacific Open Meet, hosted by Warner Pacific, in Portland Ore. 

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