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Four Clubs In Action In Light Weekend On The Trails

9/18/2014

Big West Cross Country Weekly Release No. 4

This weekend’s cross country schedule is a light slate as four clubs are scheduled to compete on the mainland and islands.

Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine will head to the Mustang Challenge at Central Park in Santa Clarita, a competition hosted by The Master’s College. The race will consist of a women’s 5K and a men’s 8K, with action starting at 8 am.

Elsewhere in the league, CSUN heads to America’s Finest City, sunny San Diego to take part in the Aztec Invitational. Hawai’i will stay on the islands for a “road” meet as the Rainbow Wahine head to the BYU-Hawai’i Invitational.

• UC Santa Barbara was the top finisher at the UC Riverside Invitational, finishing second on the women’s side and third on the men’s side. The Gauchos had the top finisher in the women’s 6K as Daniella Moreno topped the field in 20:25.5, nearly eight seconds better than second place. The Gaucho men had four finishers in the top 28, led by Bryan Guijaro’s eighth place finish in 24:20.1.

• UCR had a pair of high finishers at the UCR Invitational. Raquel Hefflin finished second at 20:33.4 in the women’s 6K, while Seth Totten was the top Big West finisher in the men’s 8K with a fourth place showing in 24:09.2.

• CSUN’s Elizabeth Nelson continued her fine start to the 2014 campaign with a fourth place finish at the UCR Invitational. Nelson crossed the line after the 6K in 21:03.03, the fourth-best Big West finisher in the event. Nelson’s run was on the heels of her performance two weeks prior, a first place finish in the 5K at the San Francisco Invitational.

• Cal Poly claimed the team title in the 8K men’s division of the WCC Preview Meet, led by Clayton Hutchins’ first place finish in 24:19.3. He led a quartet of Mustangs in the top 10 of the leaderboard, joined by Nick Woolf (3rd - 24:33.3), Tyler Huntley (6th - 24:37.9) and Dimitri Voytilla (8th - 24:46.5).

The Cal Poly women placed third among the 11 teams in its 6K competition, led by Meghan Breadmore’s fourth place finish in 21:18.5.

• The Big West Championships return to the Inland Empire this season as UC Riverside will host the event at the Ag/Ops Course. This will be the sixth time in the last eight seasons that UCR has hosted the league meet. Last season in San Luis Obispo, homestanding Cal Poly swept the men’s and women’s championship. The Mustangs also swept the teams titles in 2012, the last time UC Riverside hosted the meet.