Boyal, Flores Win Season-Opening Meets
Cal Poly senior Swarnjit Boyal and Long Beach State junior Mikayla Florez were individual medalists at season-opening meets, capturing Big West Cross Country Athlete of the Week accolades.
Florez Becomes First Long Beach State Champion Since 2010
Boyal Wins UCSB Lagoon Open
Cal Poly senior Swarnjit Boyal (Yuba City, Calif./River Valley HS) secured his third career Big West Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week award after finishing first at the season-opening UCSB Lagoon Open.
Boyal ran the 8K course in 25:06.00, 15.8 seconds better than runner-up and Mustang teammate Justin Robison (25:21.80).
The runner-up at last year’s Big West Championships, Boyal led the Mustangs to a 17-44 win in the team scoring dual.
Others nominated: Sam Pimentel (Cal State Fullerton); Jordy Ceja (UC Davis); Hector Garcia (UC Irvine); Arman Irani (UC Riverside)
Long Beach State junior Mikayla Florez (Riverbank, Calif./Riverbank HS) captured first place at the season-opening Pepperdine Invitational to garner Big West Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week accolades.
Florez covered the 4K course in a time of 14:41.96 as the Beach racked up five dual meet wins against USC, Pepperdine, UC Irvine, CSUN and CSU Bakersfield. A total of 44 runners competed in the event.
She became the first women’s runner from LBSU to win a meet since Rosa Del Toro claimed the Aztec Invitational title in 2010.
Others nominated: Miranda Daschian (Cal Poly); Wendi Leos (Cal State Fullerton); Sarah Anderson (UC Davis); Faith Makau (UC Riverside); Danielle Girard (Hawai‘i)