The Oregon State cross-country team returns to action on Saturday at the Bronco Invitational at Baylands regional Park in Sunnyvale, California. Santa Clara is the host team.
It is just the second meet of the fall for the Beavers, who placed sixth at the 10-team Dellinger Invitational in Springfield on Sept. 29. Junior Juliana Mount placed sixth in a school-record 19:37.6 over 6,000 meters to lead the Beavers.
Senior Holly Cavalluzzo also set a personal record, covering the course in 20:15, the second-fasting clocking in OSU history for that distance. It was her first cross-country race since 2015, as she redshirted last season.
OSU’s other scoring runners were junior Sam McKinnon, freshman Audrey Lookner and junior Nicole Goecke.
Saturday’s race is the final tuneup for the Pacific-12 Conference Championships, set for Oct. 27 at the Springfield Golf Club. Oregon is the host team.
The Beavers hit the road again this weekend for a series against the Washington schools. They face Washington at 7 p.m. Friday at Bank of America Arena in Seattle, and then head over to Pullman for a 1 p.m. Sunday match against Washington State. Sunday’s match will be televised by Pac-12 Oregon.
OSU (11-7, 1-5) won its first Pac-12 match by defeating California 3-0 on Oct. 6. The Beavers then battled No. 2 Stanford before falling 29-27 in the concluding third set.
Senior Mary-Kate Marshall had 29 kills against the Bay Area teams to raise her career mark to 1,664. She ranks third in school history, and fourth among active players nationally.
Junior Kayla Ellis had 29 digs and moved into 12th place all-time with 1,042.
OSU’s next home matches are Oct. 18 and Oct. 20 against Arizona and Arizona State.
OSU hopes to take the momentum generated by a 1-0-1 weekend against the Washington schools into Friday’s 7 p.m. game with Arizona at Paul Lorenz Field. The Beavers tied Washington 0-0 on Oct. 6, and edged Washington State 1-0 in double overtime on Oct. 8.
Senior goalie Bella Geist posted back-to-back shutouts, giving her eight over the 2016 and 2017 seasons. She increased her career saves record to 363, fifth all-time in the Pac-12 and first among active players nationally.
Senior Emma Jones scored the golden goal against the Cougars on a free kick. It was her second goal of the season and the fifth of her career. She has scored the game-winner in OSU’s last two Pac-12 wins; she had the lone marker in a 1-0 victory at Oregon in OSU’s 2016 season finale.
The Beavers (4-7-0, 1-2-0) open a Bay Area series at California at 4 p.m. Thursday. They then visit Stanford at 11 a.m. Sunday; both games will be televised by the Pac-12 Network.
OSU defeated San Diego State 2-0 on Oct. 8 for its first conference win of the season. Don Tchilao and Jordan Jones scored.
Earlier this week the Beavers were honored by the United Soccer Coaches Association as one of 295 men’s programs to earn the 2016-17 College Team Academic Award.
The Beavers had a team cumulative GPA of 3.18. Timmy Mueller, Nathan Braaten, Tchilao and Jones all earned Pac-12 all-academic honors.
OSU set school and individual records while taking second place at the 13-team Ron Moore Invitational in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on Oct. 7-8.
Freshman Ellie Slama was medalist with an 11-under-par 205, a school record.
Olivia Benzin shot a 6-under 66 on the final day, another school record. OSU’s 868 team total was also a school record.
The Beavers conclude the fall season at the Pac-12 Preview at Kona, Hawaii, on Oct. 23-24.
The Beavers moved up two spots on the final day and placed seventh at the 16-team Alister MacKenzie Invitational at Fairfax, California, on Oct. 9-10.
Freshman Spencer Tibbits led the Beavers for the second straight event with an 11-under par 202. He took sixth place in the 88-man field; it was his second-straight top-10 individual finish.
OSU returns to action on Oct. 27-28 at the Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational in Stockton, California.
OSU will host its annual Alumni Meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Osborn Aquatic Center. Its next meet is the USA Swimming College Championships, set for Oct. 21-22 in Los Angeles.