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2008 Big West Cross Country Championships

Complete 2008 Championship Results

The 2008 Big West Cross Country Championships were all about history as the UC Riverside women's contingent claimed its first Division I title, while the Cal Poly men's team continued its conference record-setting title streak with its sixth consecutive championship.

The Highlanders, who finished last in the Championship race just five years ago, completed its ascension to the top of the league with 60 points for first place. UC Irvine came in second with 69 tallies, while UC Davis came in third with 81 points. Cal State Fullerton and Cal Poly tied for fourth with 117 points, while Long Beach State (125) and UC Santa Barbara (130) came in sixth and seventh, respectively. Cal State Northridge (227) and Pacific (266) rounded out the scoring in the women's race.

The Mustangs claimed their championship thanks to a dominating 19-point performance, easily outdistancing second place UC Davis (71) and third place UC Riverside (73). Fourth place belonged to UC Santa Barbara with 79 tallies, while Long Beach State (136) and UC Irvine (162) finshed behind the Gauchos in the standings. Cal State Fullerton (191) and Cal State Northridge (247) completed the scoring on the men's side.

Danielle Domenichelli won the overall title in the women's 6K race with a time of 20:09.4, the only UC Santa Barbara runner to finish in the top 10. Laura Olvera of UC Irvine finished second in 20:12.5, the fourth straight season she has finished either second or third. UC Riverside claimed the next two slots in Cristina Olivas (20:15.2) and Brenda Martinez (20:19.3), while Candice Chavez gave UCI its second top five finisher with a time of 20:27.4. UC Davis claimed the sixth and seventh place positions as Kaitlin Gregg (20:31.5) and Kim Conley (20:34.00) crossed the finish line, while Cal Poly's Bridie McCarey came in eighth at 20:38.1. Cal State Fullerton's Grace Gonzales (20:42.5) and Cal Poly's Lauren Mulkey (20:47.3) rounded out the top 10 in the women's race.

Individually in the men's 8K race, Cal Poly claimed five of the top seven slots. Daniel Gonia was the overall winner with a time of 24:02.4, while he was followed by Evan Anderson in second place who finished in 24:15.6. Scott Smith of UC Santa Barbara was third in 24:19.3, while the Mustangs claimed the next two spots as Carl Dargitz (24:24.3) and Joe Gatel (24:25.7) finished in fourth and fifth, respectively. UCSB claimed its second of three top 10 finishers on the day as Julian DeRubira (24:31.4) finished sixth, while Troy Swier completed the scoring for Cal Poly with a seventh place showing in 24:37.7. Finishing up the top 10 was K.C. Cody of UC Davis (24.39.9) in eighth, Michael Buell of UC Riverside (24:42.1) in ninth and Waleed Totari of UC Santa Barbara (24:46.7) in tenth.

2008 Big West Cross Country Championships Women's Team Results
1. UC Riverside - 60
2. UC Irvine - 69
3. UC Davis - 81
t-4. Cal State Fullerton - 117
t-4. Cal Poly - 117
6. Long Beach State - 125
7. UC Santa Barbara - 130
8. Cal State Northridge - 227
9. Pacific - 266

2008 Big West Cross Country Championships Women's 6K Top Ten Individuals
1. Danielle Domenichelli, UCSB - 20:09.40
2. Laura Olvera, UCI - 20:12.50
3. Cristina Olivas, UCR - 20:15.20
4. Brenda Martinez, UCR - 20:19.30
5. Candace Chavez, UCI -20:27.40
6. Kaitlin Gregg, UCD - 20:31.50
7. Kim Conley, UCD - 20:34.00
8. Bridie McCarey, CP - 20:38.10
9. Grace Gonzales, CSF - 20:42.50
10. Lauren Mulkey, CP - 20:47.30

2008 Big West Cross Country Championships Men's Results
1. Cal Poly - 19
2. UC Davis - 71
3. UC Riverside - 73
4. UC Santa Barbara - 79
5. Long Beach State - 136
6. UC Irvine - 162
7. Cal State Fullerton - 191
8. Cal State Northridge - 247

2008 Big West Cross Country Championships Men's 8K Top Ten Individuals
1. Daniel Gonia, CP -24:02.4
2. Evan Anderson, CP -24:15.6
3. Scott Smith, UCSB -24:19.3
4. Carl Dargitz, CP - 24:24.3
5. Joe Gatel, CP - 24:25.7
6. Julian DeRubira, UCSB - 24:31.4
7. Troy Swier, CP - 24:37.7
8. K.C. Cody, UCD - 24:39.9
9. Michael Buell, UCR - 24:42.1
10. Waleed Totari, UCSB - 24:46.7

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