Oaks report: Boutin finishes 13th at cross country meet


Menlo College sophomore Noble Boutin placed 13th in the NDNU Argonaut Invite at the Crystal Springs Cross Country Course in Belmont on Saturday, completing the 8,000-meter course with a time of 28:53.2.

Logan Pine and Chandler Garrison also ran for the Oaks. Pine finished 28th with a time of 30:37.8 and Garrison was just behind at 32:05.2. Both were running in their first 8k race at the collegiate level.

Bailey Gamez
Menlo College prepares for the SF State Invitational in Golden Gate Park. The event will take place on Friday, Sept. 22.

Three women were also in action for the 6k race, and they finished clustered around each other.

Lucrezia Povero was the top finisher for Menlo, racing the course in a time of 30:38, just ahead of teammate Rachel Valencia, who clocked a 30:55.5 to finish two spots behind Povero. Dorian Aberouette opened her senior season with a time of 36:38.0.

The Academy of Art won the invite in both the men's and women's races, completing the sweep with the winner of each race.

Gatien Airiau won the men's race with a time of 27:24.1 while Swann Phelippeau won the women's race, finishing in 24:27.3. A total of seven runners placed in the top-ten for the Academy of Art between the two races, easily the best total of any school competing.

Fresno Pacific came in second in both events, recording six top-ten finishers of their own, including the second and third place finishers in the men's race.

Women's volleyball

Menlo College split two matches Saturday to complete the Menlo Tournament, beating Montana State Northern 25-17, 25-21, 25-16 and lost to Rocky Mountain College 25-18, 25-18, 25-12.

Against MSU-Northern, Moea Kekauoha led the Oaks with 10 kills, Bailey Gamez recorded nine kills, with a .400 hitting percentage and Emily Sunada had six kills, an ace, and was involve in four blocks.

Monica Hruby added 26 assists and Hannah Hudson made 20 digs.

Against the Bears, Hruby had 26 assists to go with nine digs, Sofia Salim recorded seven kills and had a pair of aces and Sunada had nine kills on a .412 hitting percentage.

Menlo (7-3) hosts Pacific Union in a nonconference match at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

— Menlo Athletics

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