2013 Big West Cross Country Championships Set for San Luis Obispo
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This Week in the Big West - October 28-November 3, 2013
Big West Cross Country Weekly Release No. 10
The first Big West Championship of the 2013-14 season takes place this weekend as the league clubs head to San Luis Obispo for the Cross Country Championships.
After five consecutive seasons in Riverside, Big West Cross Country Championships will make its return to Fairbanks Cross Country Course, the first time since 2007 that the conference meet is being held at the course. During that championship the Cal Poly men scored a Big West record 15 points on its way to a fifth consecutive crown. UC Santa Barbara took the title on the women’s side, securing the top spot for the fourth time in five seasons.
This season, the Mustangs are looking to win the men’s title for the third consecutive season and 12th time in the last 15 seasons. The club is led by Sean Davidson who has the best 8K time in the Big West at 23:30.0. Teammate Chris Frias was right behind Davidson on the leaderboard with a time of 23:36.0, while Mitchell Moriarty and Tyler Huntley have put forth impressive times as well.
UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara should provide stiff opposition with their deep lineups. UCD has veteran runners in Brandon Pugh and Trevor Halsted leading the charge for a title, which would be the Aggies’ first since 2010. In fact, UC Davis is the only club to stop the Cal Poly championship run since 2003. The Gauchos’ Anthony Ortolan has the third-best 8K time this season at 23:44, while teammates Bryce Rausa, Andrew Farkas and Bryan Guijarro all appear on the top 8K mark list.
The women’s race has the potential to be wide open as four different clubs have raised the trophy in the past five years. Defending champion Cal Poly boasts an All-American caliber runner in Laura Hollander as well as a solid lineup that includes Mary Jo Wright, Diana George and Ashley Windsor. UC Davis, the 2011 champion, is led by former overall winner Sarah Sumpter, Hannah Kirkegaard, Katie Fry and Alycia Cridebring. UC Santa Barbara, the 2010 overall winner, boasts the talents of Daniella Moreno and Christine Cooperstein leading a veteran lineup. Also keep an eye on UC Riverside’s Raquel Hefflin and Long Beach State’s Hillary Zator in the women’s 6K jaunt.
• UC Irvine head coach Vince O’Boyle, the second-longest tenured head coach in UC Irvine Athletics history, has announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31. O’Boyle is in his 32nd season as head coach of the Anteater men’s and women’s cross country programs, and 30th as director of the UCI men’s and women’s track & field programs after serving two seasons as an assistant track coach. During his UCI career, O’Boyle has been named Big West Conference Coach of the Year 20 times in cross country and track & field.