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Titans Only Club To Compete In Light Week


Big West Cross Country Weekly Release No. 6

Cal State Fullerton gets the spotlight this week as the Titans are the lone club competing this weekend. CSF heads to Lawrence, Kan., for the Rim Rock Farm Classic hosted by Kansas.

The Titan men will compete in the 8K race, while the women will take on the 6K jaunt.

• A host of league schools competed in the 41st annual Stanford Invitational last weekend, an event held on the same course that will feature the NCAA West Region meet in November.

UC Riverside’s Raquel Hefflin finished second overall in the women’s 6K, crossing the finish line in 20:39. She was the top Big West finisher and led the Highlanders to a sixth place showing.

UC Davis’ women’s squad finished second out of the 21 teams in the women’s race, the best showing among the Big West clubs. Christine Hoffman finished seventh overall in 21:04 to lead the Aggies, while Hannah Kirkegaard (16th - 21:30) and Rocki Lambdin (18th - 21:33) gave UCD three top 20 finishers.

UC Santa Barbara was the top Big West team on the men’s side as the club recorded a second place showing, just one point behind the top club Washington State. The Gauchos were led by Bryan Guijarro’s fifth place finish in 23:40, the top finisher among Big West participants. Teammates Anthony Ortolan (10th - 23:54) and Shyan Vaziri (11th - 23:55) gave the club three finishers in the top 11.

• Cal State Fullerton’s men’s and women’s squads were in competition last weekend at the Coyote Classic hosted by Cal State San Bernardino. The men’s contingent was second in the 8K race, led by Jeff Little’s 15th place showing in 26:09. The Titan women wrapped up the 6K women’s race in sixth place, highlighted by Abby Buckoff who finished in 38th overall at 24:56.

• At the end of the September, several Big West clubs are listed among the top teams in the region. On the men’s side, UC Santa Barbara leads the way with an ninth place ranking, while defending champion Cal Poly comes in at No. 12. The women’s regional rankings showcases UC Davis and Cal Poly in eighth and ninth, respectively.

• 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.