Inland Empire The Focus This Weekend In Cross Country
Big West Cross Country Weekly Release No. 4
After a week off from competition, the UCR Invitational headlines a busy weekend of cross country action as six of the league’s nine institutions are slated to appear.
The Highlanders will host the 36th annual event at the UCR Ag/Ops Course, home of the Big West Championships seven out of the last eight seasons. Cal Poly, CSUN, Long Beach State, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara join host UCR and a talented field for a women’s 6K and men’s 8K. The race is of particular interest to the Mustang women and Gaucho men as it was the site of conference championship performances last November.
The remaining cross country squads will hit the road for meets this weekend.
UC Davis returns to the trails this weekend as it heads to Springfield, Ore., for the Bill Dellinger Invitational hosted by Oregon. The event rountinely attracts some of the best clubs in the region, headlined by the homestanding Ducks, for a women’s 6K and a men’s 8K Friday morning.
Cal State Fullerton, fresh off an impressive season-opening performance at the Mark Covert Classic, head south to San Diego for the USD Invite at Tecolote Shores Park in Mission Bay. The meet is also serving as a preview of the West Coast Conference Cross Country championship in late October. The Titans will compete in the women’s 6K and men’s 8K Saturday morning.
Hawai’i makes its first trip to the mainland of the 2016 season, heading to Seattle, Wash., for the Sundodger Invitational. The ‘Bows will compete in a 6K, the longest race the team has run this season. UH has been led in each of its first two races by sophomore Camille Campos as she has a set a personal best in the 5K in back-to-back races.
• The season will end in the islands as Hawai’i hosts the 2016 Big West Cross Country Championships at Kahuku Golf Course on the North Shore of O’ahu. The league championship will be return to the Aloha State for the first time since 1992, while UH hosts its first conference meet since the WAC Championship of 2011.
The UC Santa Barbara men and Cal Poly women will be looking to defend their titles. The Gauchos are seeking their third consecutive crown, while the Mustangs are in search of a second straight title and fourth in the past five seasons. The men will have the first run through the Kahuku course as they run the 8K at 7:00 local time, while the women’s 6K championship race will be run 45 minutes later.
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