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'Bows Return To Kahuku For Hawai'i Pacific Invitational


Big West Cross Country Weekly Release No. 5


Hawai’i is the lone team in competition this weekend as the ‘Bows return to Kahuku Golf Course for the Hawai’i Pacific Invitational.

UH will send a four-runner contingent to the race, the second of three races to be held at Kahuku this season. The field will compromise mostly of Hawai’i-based schools as they compete in a men’s 8K and women’s 5K Saturday morning.

• Last weekend, the UC Riverside Invitational had a distinct green hue as Cal Poly recorded first and second place team finishes, respectively.

The Mustang men finished atop a 29-team field with 62 points, led by junior Clayton Hutchins’ second place finish in the 8K in 23:52.6. The team’s depth was on display as it recorded four total runners in the top 20 as senior Swarnjit Boyal (4th - 23:59.9), junior Alex Heuchert (11th - 24:20.1) and sophomore MIkey Giguere (17th - 24:32.6) joined Hutchins.

The Cal Poly women gathered 65 points to finish ahead of every team but  Arkansas, a team ranked #11 in the latest USTFCCCA Poll. The squad claimed the overall champion as sophomore Peyton Bilo posted a time of 20:05.4, topping the next fastest runner by 21.9 seconds and finishing with a time that was 31.47 seconds faster than her effort on the same course a year ago.

• Cal State Fullerton picked up a double victory last weekend, sweeping the races at the USD Invite hosted by San Diego.

The Titan men had three runners in the top 10 of the men’s 8K, led by senior Jose Penaloza’s second place run in 25:33. Sophomore Sam Pimentel (7th - 25:50) and junior Joe Casco (9th -  25:58) joined Penaloza to lead CSF to a race-winning 40 points.

The CSF women ran even better on the way to the 6K crown, led by senior Sierra Ungerman’s race-winning time of 22:21. Ungerman had plenty of company as freshman Samantha Huerta (3rd - 22:24) and senior Stephanie Ruiz (4th - 22:28) joined her in the top 5.

• UC Davis returned to competition a week ago, picking up third place finishes in both the men’s and women’s races at the Bill Dellinger Invitational hosted by Oregon.

In the women’s 5K race, senior Hannah Kirkegaard paced UCD with a fifth place showing of 17:35 which tied her collegiate best at that distance. She had company in the top 10 as freshman Julia Lemak finished 9th in 17:41.

The Aggies were led in the men’s 8K race by sophomore Jordy Ceja who completed the course in 24:55. Racing in his first 8K of the season, Ceja demolished his previous best 8K time by nearly 22 seconds.

• Hawai’i ran its first 6K event of the 2016 campaign last weekend, placing third at the Sundodger Invite hosted by Washington.

The ‘Bows, who finished six spots higher than their performance a year ago, were once again led by sophomore Camille Campos. Campos finished in 10th place at 21:08.8, a 51-second improvement over her previous 6K best. She also improved dramatically at the Sundodger from her freshman season. Last year Campos finished in 35th and was nearly 67 seconds slower.

• 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.

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