Byers Opens Track Season With Record Run

Posted By Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:

Following a fine cross country campaign, Reesey Byers has started strong in track for Sacramento State in just his first year out of Santa Rosa High.

In his first 5,000 meter race of the season, Byers shattered the Sacramento State school record that stood for 40 years. Byers clocked 14:19.01 to finish second in his section of the Stanford Invitational track meet.

In cross country, Byers led Sacramento State at the Big Sky Conference Championships, finishing 19th overall as the Hornets top runner. Sacramento State placed fourth, the team’s best performance ever in the league finals.

A pair of former Empire prep running greats also stood out at the prestigious Stanford Invitational.

Sara Hall (Bei) won the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase in 9:50.68. The only runner under 10 minutes, the former Montgomery High star and now top professional recorded the 21st all time U.S. mark for the challenging event.

In the women’s 1,500 race, Kim Conley won her section and recorded the fourth fastest time on the day with a 4:19.14 finish. Conley, who followed Hall at Montgomery High, now coaches track at UC Davis.

LeAnne Fogg took second in her section of the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 10:31.72 at Stanford.  A former Maria Carrillo standout, Fogg is in her third season at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, helping pace the Mustangs cross country team to second place at the Big West championships.