Campus Run Kicks Off Mathis Invitational
April 6, 2007 8:51 AM
A foggy Friday on campus brought runners from around the SF State community to a brand new event that is hoping to kick off an annual trend.
The SF State cross-country team hosted a “campus run,” held at Cox Stadium. The event was intended to get the community involved and to kick off the annual Johnny Mathis Invitational.
“We’re putting on this race for the campus,” said Tom Lyons, the head coach of the men's and women’s cross-country teams. “The run is for everyone really; faculty, employees, and students.”
Wrestling Coach Lars Jensen was among those participating in the campus run.
“I’m just trying to get a work out,” joked Jensen, who was stretching as other runners arrived on the field.
The run was a one-mile trek that started on the field’s track went up through the campus and back down to the field. Lyons rode ahead on his bike to warn students on campus of the approaching joggers.
The free event was geared towards members of the SF State community in hopes to get them involved with the athletic department, according to Lyons.
“We just wanted to put on an event for the school to show our appreciation,” said Lyons.
While waiting for arrivals, some members of the cross-country team joked around and clapped, trying to get those who were already there hyped up for the brief run.
The cross-country team, most of whom did not join in the run, were stationed along the path to direct runners in the proper route.
“I’m just running for fun,” said Terrie Tiongson, a second year grad student, who was already on the field running and was invited to join the group in the one-mile event.
Even though the event’s weather was wet and foggy, the participants didn’t let the cold bring them down.
“I prefer hot weather but for long distances this weather is better,” said Tiongson.
SF State bags and t-shirts were handed out as a prize at the end of the race for many of the top runners.
Lisbet Sunshine, the Government Relations Director at SF State, came in first place, running the mile at 6 minutes and seventeen seconds.
The event, which kicked off the 25th annual Johnny Mathis Invitational that began later that afternoon and continues all day Saturday, is the first of what Lyons hopes will become an annual event.
SF State Campus Run Results - 1 Mile
1. 6:17 Lisbet Sunshine
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