Guijarro, Makau Earn Cross Country Weekly Honors
Senior Bryan Guijarro of UC Santa Barbara and sophomore Faith Makau of UC Riverside captured this week’s cross country honors.
Guijarro Impresses In Loaded Pre-Nationals Field
UC Santa Barbara senior Bryan Guijarro (Lancaster, Calif./Knight HS) finished 32nd among 288 competitors in a loaded NCAA Pre-Nationals field, capturing Big West Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors.
Guijarro, the reigning Big West cross country champion, returned to the lineup and led the Gauchos in the main section of the meet. He crossed the line in 23:46.4, marking the fourth time of his career that he has registered a sub-24 mark in an 8K.
Guijarro’s performance at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky., the site of this year’s NCAA Championships, helped UCSB to a 10th-place team finish and defeat three teams ranked in the top-30. In all, 42 schools competed in the race.
It was all the second-fastest time in Guijarro’s career, trailing only the 23:39 he had at Stanford in 2014.
Others nominated: Jose Penaloza (Cal State Fullerton); Kevin Ramirez (Long Beach State); Cody Jordan (UC Riverside)
Makau Wins Highlander Invitational
Leading her team to a successful defense of its Highlander Invitational title, UC Riverside sophomore Faith Makau (Modesto, Calif./James Enochs HS) earned Big West Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors as individual medalist.
Makau won the 5K race by the slimmest of margins, outdistancing teammate Weslie Totten by a mere .09 seconds in a photo finish. Makau completed the race in 17:17.63, just ahead of Totten’s 17:17.72.
The Highlanders won the team title for the second straight year, besting other Big West competition in Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, CSUN and UC Irvine as teams gear up for next week’s conference championships on the same course.
UCR also beat out competitors from San Diego State and USC for the title. For Makau, it was her second top-three finish this season.
Others nominated: Peyton Bilo (Cal Poly); Sierra Ungerman (Cal State Fullerton); Kathleen Dunne (Long Beach State); Montana Martinez (Hawai‘i)