Final Major Meet Weekend Awaits Cross Country Clubs
Big West Cross Country Weekly Release No. 7
The final major meet schedule prior to the Big West Championships takes place this weekend as every squad will be in action. With just two weeks until the Conference meet, clubs will use this weekend to prep their lineups for the league Championships.
The action starts Friday as Cal Poly travels to Madison, Wis., for the ninth annual Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. One of the nation’s premier meets, the event will consist of 8K men’s races and 6K women’s races at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course. A total of 35 men’s teams and 33 women’s teams will be in competition, including the top-ranked team on the men’s side, Northern Arizona, as well as a number of top 10 teams on the women’s side including New Mexico, Stanford, NC State and Providence.
On Saturday, UC Riverside will be in the spotlight as the club hosts the Highlander Invitational. League rivals CSUN, Long Beach State and UC Irvine are expected to compete in the event at the Ag/Ops Course, home of the Big West Championships. UCR’s Faith Makau will look to defend her title in the women’s 5K, while the men will compete in a 6K jaunt.
The rest of the league will send contingents to Sunnyvale for the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational at Baylands Park. Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara and Hawai’i are scheduled to compete.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
• Hawai’i had a pair of runners competing at the Hawai’i Pacific Invitational last weekend in Kahuku. Sophomore Alison Bowman finished in 11th over the 5K, crossing the finish in 21:58.4. Her teammate Jeanalyn Wadsack-Myers recorded a time of 25:26.3, 17th in the field. It was first race in Wadsack-Myers’ collegiate career.
• A shake up of the regional polls sees two Big West clubs remaining in both rankings. On the men’s side, Cal Poly leads the way at #11, while Cal State Fullerton retains its spot at #15. The women’s rankings have Cal Poly at #12 and its rival UC Santa Barbara right behind at #13.
• A familiar course hosts the 2017 Cross Country Championship as the Ag/Ops Course on the campus of UC Riverside will be the site of the league meet. The Championship returns to Ag/Ops after a one-year hiatus and for the sixth time in the last eight seasons.
Cal Poly will look to defend its dual Championship victories, the third time since 2012 that the Mustangs have swept the titles at the league meet. Cal Poly’s men’s team hasn’t hoisted the trophy at the Ag/Ops Course since 2012, while the women’s team won the last race at UCR in 2015. UC Santa Barbara’s men’s squad has enjoyed its recent runs at the Ag/Ops Course, winning the titles in 2014 and ‘15 and finishing in second in 2012.