Winners of their respective races at the annual Lagoon Meet, UC Santa Barbara senior Bryan Guijarro and Cal Poly sophomore Sydney Szabo were named Big West Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Athletes of the Week, respectively.
For the second year in a row, UC Santa Barbara’s Bryan Guijarro (Lancaster, Calif./William J. Pete Knight HS) captured the individual title at the Lagoon Meet to take home Big West Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors.
Pitted against runners from rival Cal Poly, Guijarro crossed the finish line of the 8K course first to give the Gauchos the team win in a tight 24-33 result.
Guijarro’s time of 24:55.77 bettered Cal Poly’s Swarnjit Boyal, who placed second in 25:00.80. The senior won last year’s race in a time of 24:50.36.
Others nominated: Swarnjit Boyal (Cal Poly); Jose Penaloza (Cal State Fullerton); Tim Bergstrom (Long Beach State); Trevor Halsted (UC Davis); Izzak Mireles (UC Irvine); Cody Jordan (UC Riverside)
Szabo Wins Season-Opening Lagoon Meet
Cal Poly sophomore Sydney Szabo (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente HS) claimed the individual title at the Lagoon Meet for Big West Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week accolades.
Szabo’s winning time of 17:53.85 on the 5K course lifted the Mustangs to the overall 17-43 win, as Cal Poly’s lineup swept the top four spots.
She out-kicked freshman teammate Peyton Bilo (17:56.56) and junior Ashley Windsor (18:10.87) for the crown.
Szabo’s performance helped Cal Poly win the team title for the seventh consecutive year against rival UC Santa Barbara. She impressively cut 21.51 seconds off her first-year time at the same meet in 2014.