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Lily Seynaeve finished among the top 20 runners for the third straight meet


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October 14, 2017 (Riverside) - Running the fastest 5K of her collegiate career, senior Lily Seynaeve led San Diego State cross country to a seventh-place finish at the Highlander Invitational, hosted by UC Riverside’s AgOps Course, Saturday.

The Corona, Calif., native crossed the finish line in 17:37.8 for her collegiate personal best and seventh place. It was the third fastest time recorded by an Aztec on the UCR AgOps Course in program history and the fastest 5K by any Aztec since Christine Kent recorded a 17:07.59 time at last year’s Highlander Invitational. Seynaeve’s time bested her previous 5K PR of 18:03, which she ran earlier this year at the UNLV Invitational.

Freshman Mackenzie Mora was SDSU’s second finisher for the second consecutive 5K, placing 46th among Division I runners with an 18:43.3 time. ­

Classmate Renee Phillips crossed the finish line in a collegiate-best 18:52.8, which was good enough for 53rd. Senior Cindy Flores took 60th with her 19:01.2, while junior Chrissy Calain clocked in at 19:29.2 for 73rd place.

San Diego State finished seventh with 227 points behind race-winner UC Santa Barbara (50 points), Cal State Fullerton (67), UC Riverside (71), San Diego (102), Long Beach State (142) and UNLV (195). USC (243), CSUN (258), UC Irvine (264) and Pepperdine (272) were the Aztecs’ other Division I competitors. SDSU logged a 1:33.44 team time, the team’s fifth fastest on the UCR AgOps Course in the SDSU history.

The Scarlet and Black is off for a week before the Mountain West Championships, hosted by New Mexico, on Fri., Oct. 27.

Highlander Invitational (5K)

UCR AgOps Course – Riverside, Calif.

Oct. 14, 2017

5,000-Meter Division I Women Team Results

1. UC Santa Barbara - 50

2. Cal State Fullerton - 67

3. UC Riverside - 71

4. San Diego - 102

5. Long Beach State - 142

6. UNLV - 195

7. San Diego State - 227

8. USC - 243

9. CSUN - 258

10. UC Irvine - 264

11. Pepperdine - 272

5,000-Meter Collegiate Women Individual Results (Top 5 of 103 runners + SDSU)

1. Jenna Hinkle (UCSB) – 16:48.0

2. Faith Makau (UCR) – 17:01.2

3. Weslie Pearcee (UCR) – 17:14.0

4. Katie Camarena (UCSB) – 17:23.0

5. Samantha Huerta (CSUF) – 17:27.4


9. Lily Seynaeve (SDSU) – 17:37.8 (PR)

46. Mackenzie Mora (SDSU) – 18:43.3

53. Renee Phillips (SDSU) – 18:52.8 (PR)

60. Cindy Flores (SDSU) – 19:01.2

73. Chrissy Calain (SDSU) – 19:29.2


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