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Big West Cross Country Weekly Release No. 8

This week is one of the bigger weekends of the season as clubs compete in meets around the nation. Several squads will send split squads to compete in different meets.

Cal Poly and UC Riverside will host meets this weekend. The Mustangs have the Cal Poly Invitational, while UCR hosts the Highlander Invitational. Cal State Fullerton, CSUN and UC Irvine will also compete in the Highlander Invitational.

Meanwhile Cal Poly, Long Beach State, UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara will head to one of the biggest meets in the nation in the Pre-National Invitational. The meet will take place on LaVern Gibson National Championship Cross Country Course, the same course that will host the NCAA Championships in November.

Three squads will also compete in the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational. Cal Poly, UCD, UCSB and Hawai’i will be the Big West clubs in action.

• UC Irvine competed in the 25th annual Vanguard Invitational last weekend, with the men finishing in second and the women coming in sixth.

On the men’s side, Isaiah Thompson won the individual title after finishing the 8K in 24:51.4, nearly 15 seconds better than the second place finisher. Lauren Hall was the top finisher for the Anteater women, finishing the 5K competition in 23rd place in 18:55.2.

• 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 10th place ranking, while defending champion Cal Poly comes in at No. 13. The women’s regional rankings showcases UC Davis and Cal Poly in eighth and 10th, 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.