Two University of San Francisco cross country runners finished in the top six of the SPAR European Cross Country Championships on Sunday. All-American Charlotte Taylor placed sixth, helping Team Great Britain take the senior crown. Elena Burkard, a USF alumna and German athlete, beat Taylor to claim fifth by two seconds. “Charlotte really went for it the last 4K of her race and was driving the chase group throughout, while Elena was able stay right with her,” Dons assistant coach Benji Wetli said in a news release. “It was awesome to see them finish within a few seconds of each other so far up in the elite field.”
City College of San Francisco’s women’s basketball team claimed the Santa Rosa Tournament title thanks to its stifling defense. The Rams held Merritt to 17-for-70 shooting in the final game on Saturday, winning 72-56. Caprice Taylor had a game-high 18 points, while Ma’ata Makoni logged 15 points while grabbing nine boards. CCSF is on a five-game win streak and will host the CCSF Golden Gate Classic this weekend.
San Francisco State University’s men’s basketball fell to 6-4 on Saturday by losing to Chico State, 62-56. There were eight lead changes in the contest despite the Gators having their worst shooting night of the season (39.7 percent). Warren Jackson led SFSU with 16 points in 35 minutes. The Gators had a lead with under five minutes to go but shot 1-for-7 down the stretch. SFSU returns to action on Dec. 17 at Cal State Monterey Bay. Jackson left the contest against Chico State, but is expected to be active this weekend.
Academy of Art University’s men’s basketball team won its first two conference games after starting the season 1-7. On Sunday, the Urban Knights beat Holy Names, 76-58. Kendall Brown shot four-for-five from beyond the 3-point line, scoring a game-high 24 points. Earlier in the week, Art U beat Notre Dame de Namur, 65-56.