USF ran to a fifth-place team finish on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the West Coast Conference Championships in Malibu, Calif. The Dons were led by stellar sophomore Eric Causey, who took second place overall behind BYU’s Jason Witt.
Witt set the pace for most of the race with Causey following, until Causey moved into first on the last lap. He couldn’t hold on, though, and was passed by Witt on the final straight as they crossed the finish line. Causey lost by a nose, finishing less than a second behind the BYU senior.
Causey turned in his best time of the season in this race, running the 8,000-meter course in 23:14. He has finished in the top five in each of his four outings this season, racking up two wins, a second-place finish, and a fourth-place finish. These results earned him a spot on the 2013 All-WCC Cross Country team.
Junior Jarrett Moore was the next Don to cross the finish line, coming in 25th place with a time of 24:52. Senior Gustavo Mena came in 14 seconds after Moore, turning in a time of 25:06 and finishing 28th overall. Following the two upperclassmen were sophomore Nick Hicks and freshman Tom Bradley who finished in the top 50.
Redshirt junior Adam Smith lost his shoe near the start of the race, yet still managed to complete the course with a time of 26:25. The last Don to cross the line was freshman Patrick Kunkel, with a time of 26:31.
After the runners had completed the course and the dust had settled, USF had finished in fifth place overall out of the nine teams that ran at the meet, trailing BYU, Portland, Loyola Marymount, and Gonzaga.
The Dons now have two weeks to prepare for the NCAA West Regionals, which will take place at Haggin Oaks Golf Course in Sacramento, Calif. on Nov. 15.