Host Cal Poly Sweeps Big West Cross Country Championships
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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly swept both the men’s and women’s titles at the Big West Conference Cross Country Championships held at Fairbanks Memorial Cross Country Course on Saturday morning.
It was the second year in a row that the Mustangs won the team championships in both races. For the Cal Poly men, it was the 13th Big West crown overall (including the third in consecutive fashion), while the women claimed their fourth title in program history (including the second in as many years).
Cal Poly sophomore Laura Hollander set a 6K course record while winning the women’s race in 20 minutes and 43.9 seconds, repeating as the individual champion.
Competing on a sunny, 70-degree day at the demanding course known for its elevation changes adjacent to Highway 1, the reigning All-American was 1:05.6 ahead of the rest of the field, as UC Davis junior Katie Fry was the runner-up at 21:49.5.
While UC Santa Barbara juniors Daniella Moreno and Christine Cooperstein came in third and fourth place, respectively (in 21:56.2 and 21:59.7), and UC Davis seniors Alycia Cridebring and Sarah Sumpter crossed in seventh and eighth, depth carried the Cal Poly women to the title.
The Mustangs, who got a sixth-place performance from senior Diana George (22:03), also swept ninth through 11th to clinch with a score of 37, just ahead of UC Davis’ 44.
UCSB finished in third with a score of 62. Long Beach State was fourth in the women’s race, at 125, ahead of Cal State Fullerton (147), UC Riverside (158), UC Irvine (180), Cal State Northridge (244), and Hawai'i (278).
The men’s 8K race to start the day also featured a back-to-back individual champion, as Mustang senior Chris Frias traversed the familiar surroundings in 25:19.5 to set the pace.
Junior teammate Mitch Moriarty was close behind at 25:22.8, edging UC Davis sophomore Brandon Pugh’s 25:27.0. Cal Poly also strengthened its team showing thanks to a fourth-place finish from senior Sean Davidson, a two-time conference athlete of the week who completed the layout in 25:31.2.
The Mustangs scored a 32 in the men's team totals, outpacing UCSB’s 49. UC Davis took third at 54. A key to the Cal Poly win was the 14th-place finish of the Mustangs’ fifth harrier, freshman Dimitri Voytilla. His clocking of 26:26.2 was just a half-second faster than a clustered trio of times immediately behind him from either Gauchos or Aggies bibs.
Long Beach State ran to fourth place in the men’s race, with a team score of 118, while UC Irvine (127), Cal State Fullerton (164), UC Riverside (177) and Cal State Northridge (253) followed.
Story by Donovan Aird and courtesy Cal Poly Athletics.