Cross Country Award Winners Earn Top Three Finishes
The Cross Country Athletes of the Week performed admirably at prestigious meets with a trio of top-three efforts.
Boyal Leads Cal Poly to Stanford Invitational Title
Cal Poly senior Swarnjit Boyal (Yuba City, Calif./River Valley HS) finished third overall in a highly competitive race to capture Big West Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors.
Earning his second career award, Boyal paced the Mustangs with an 8K time of 23:22.80. He finished just under six seconds off the winning mark by Stanford freshman Thomas Ratcliffe. However, the Mustangs won the 43rd annual Stanford Cross Country Invitational thanks to having three runners finish within the top-20.
It is the fifth meet over the last two seasons where Boyal has led the Mustangs on the course.
Others nominated: Freek Van de Weerd (Cal State Fullerton); Isaiah Thompson (UC Irvine); Adam Avila (UC Santa Barbara)
Bilo, Campos Finish Second Overall in Respective Races
A pair of runner-up finishes from Cal Poly sophomore Peyton Bilo (El Dorado Hills, Calif./St. Francis HS) and Hawai‘i sophomore Camille Campos (Bakersfield, Calif./Stockdale HS) earned the duo Big West Women's Cross Country Co-Athlete of the Week plaudits.
Bilo came in second place at Saturday's Stanford Invitational, traversing the 6K course in 20:08.80. She trailed the winner, Stanford's Elise Cranny, by just 6.3 seconds on her home course. Bilo led the Mustangs to a runner-up team finish of 46 points, just nine off the No. 6-ranked Cardinal's 37.
The 2015 Big West Freshman of the Year has been Cal Poly's top finisher at eight consecutive meets going back to last season.
Campos, also a sophomore, turned in an impressive second place performance at the Capital Cross Challenge, contested at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, site of the upcoming West Regional. Campos recorded her fourth new career-best this season as she completed the 6K course in 20:44.4. That time trimmed 23.68 seconds off her previous top mark in the 6K. Campos outdistanced all runners from five other participating Big West schools, and she was second only to champion Chelsey Albertson of Arizona State.
Leading the team for the fourth time in as many weeks, Campos registered Hawaii's fastest 6K time since Cheryl Smith in 2000.
Others nominated: Sierra Ungerman (Cal State Fullerton); Anastasia Karnaze (UC Irvine); Weslie Totten (UC Riverside); Jenna Hinkle (UC Santa Barbara)