Cal Poly Men, UC Davis Women Lead At NCAA West Regional
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The first step to the NCAA Championships has come to a conclusion and the Cal Poly men and UC Davis women led the charge for conference clubs at the Regional Championships in Sacramento.
The top two teams advance as groups to the NCAA Championships, which feature 31 teams overall. Of the 31 bids, 18 are automatically earned through the regional process, while 13 are filled on an at-large basis.
The at-large selection process incorporates a review of regional performance first. For example, a fourth-place team may not be selected for an at-large berth above a third-place team from the same region. However, a team with a fourth-place finish could push both the third- and fourth-place teams into the NCAA Championships, provided the fourth-place team has enough regular-season wins to be the next at-large team.
Regular-season wins from Sept. 27 through the regional stage are counted only if a team beat another "A" team, which is defined by four or more regional runners also competing previously in the regular-season meet. (Thus, official designations of "A" and "B" teams can't be determined until after the nine regional meets are completed.)
After the team field has been settled, 38 additional individuals on both the women's and men's sides are selected to move on.
From the teams not selected in the aforementioned process, the top four finishers at each regional are automatically selected (but they must have finished within the top 25 of the region). Additionally, two more at-large runners will be chosen from the remainder of the national pool (they also must have finished in the regional top 25).
The Mustang men finished in seventh amongst 27 squads with senior Chris Frias leading the club with a ninth place finish at 29:55 over the 10K course. Fellow senior Sean Davidson finished in 25th place, with a time of 30:25. He was ahead of junior Mitch Moriarty in 30th (at 30:34), freshman Dimitri Voytilla in 65th (31:15) and sophomore Tyler Huntley in 66th (31:16). Clayton Hutchins, a freshman, added a time of 31:39, and sophomore teammate Kyle Lynch traversed the layout in 32:13 for the Mustangs.
UC Santa Barbara had the next highest finish as a team, coming in 10th place overall. Bryce Rausa led the way with a 44th place finish in 30:46, while Bryan Guijarro finished two spots beind at 30:48. Not to be outdone were UC Davis' Brandon Pugh and Trevor Halsted. The Aggies finished in 13th overall led by to Pugh's 33rd place finish (30:37) and Halsted's 45th place showing (30:46). A special mention is also deserved by Long Beach State's Chris Enriquez who was 10th overall in 29:55.
The Aggie women paced the Big West representatives with a seventh place finish among the 32 teams. Alycia Cridebring was the top finisher for UCD in 19th place at 20:28. Following Cridebring was Sarah Sumpter in 30th (20:21) and junior Katie Fry in 41st (20:35), while sophomore Christine Hoffmann in 57th (20:49) and freshman Hannah Kirkegaard in 74th (21:01) rounded out the scorers for UC Davis.
Cal Poly finished one place behind UC Davis in eighth with Laura Hollander wrapping up the 6K in 19:37, good for seventh in the 225-athlete run. Diana George finished in 54th (20:47) to lead a tight Mustang pack while, Mary Jo Wright crossed the line in 63rd (20:52) to wrap up the top three Cal Poly runners.