Big West Cross Country Wrap-Up
Big West Cross Country 2016 Recap Release
A Cal Poly sweep of the Big West championships and an All-America nod highlighted another outstanding cross country season.
• Cal Poly returned to a familiar place at the Big West Cross Country Championships, sweeping the men’s and women’s titles in impressive fashion on the shores of O’ahu at the Kahuku Golf Course. The dual championship was the first in Championship history since 2013, when the Mustangs also accomplished the feat at their home course.
The Cal Poly men claimed the title with 18 points, the fewest at the Championship since the squad put up a perfect 15 points in 2007. Junior Clayton Hutchins led the way for the club, winning the 8K title in an impressive 24:36.1.
The women’s 6K race was won by the Mustangs with 27 points, the lowest winning score at the Championships since UCSB put up 26 points in 2006. Sophomore Peyton Bilo, who was second in the 6K race a year ago, claimed the individual title with a time of 21:04.1.
• Bilo’s championship trophy was one of many accolades for the sophomore. She was named Big West Athlete of the Week on four occasions, the first athlete to perform the feat since former Idaho runner Letiwe Marakurwa in 2002. Bilo was also named the Big West Athlete of the Year, the first Mustang to claim the award since 2003. Following the West Regional Championship, Bilo earned All-West Region after finishing ninth with a PR of 19:45.9. Bilo then completed her awards haul with All-American accolades after a 23rd place showing at the NCAA Championships in 20:14.4.
• Three athletes from the Big West garnered All-Region accolades for their performances at the NCAA West Region Championship. On the men’s side Cal Poly’s Clayton Hutchins and UC Santa Barbara’s Adam Avila earned the honor, while the women’s list featured Bilo.
• Cal State Fullerton had an outstanding performance at the Big West Championships, finishing third on the men’s side and fourth on the women’s side. The result on the men’s side was the best for the program since 1993, while the women’s result was the best since 2008.
• UC Irvine senior Isaiah Thompson was the top runner for UCI in five of their six meets this season, including an impressive sixth place finish at the Big West Championships in 25:20.8. Thompson became the first UCI men’s runner since Jon Doroski in 1999 and 2000 to finish in the top 10 at the league Championship in back-to-back seasons.
• Hawai’i sophomore Camille Campos had an oustanding season as the top runner for the ‘Bows. Campos finished atop the lineup in each race she entered this season, setting a PR in each competition during the regular season and setting the program record in the 6K (20:03.4). Campos’ seventh place finish at the Big West Championships was the highest for a UH runner at a conference championship since the WAC Championship in 2003.
• For the first time in Big West history, a school swept all six cross country awards as Cal Poly took home all the hardware after an outstanding 2016 regular season.
On the men’s side, junior Clayton Hutchins was named Athlete of the Year, Justin Robinson claimed the Freshman of the Year and Mark Conover earned the Coach of the Year nod. In addition to Bilo’s award, Cate Ratliff garnered Freshman of the Year honors and Conover also claimed the Coach of the Year honor.
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