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Titan Invitational Highlights Final Regular Season Weekend

10/19/2017

Big West Weekly Release No. 8

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The final weekend of competition before the Big West Championships is in the queue as several teams ready themselves for one final tune up.

The lone meet on the schedule will be hosted by a Big West school as Cal State Fullerton welcomes competitors for the Titan Invitational on Saturday. The meet will consist of a women’s 5K and men’s 8K and will include Big West rival UC Santa Barbara.

AROUND THE BIG WEST

• UC Santa Barbara had to reschedule their plans last weekend, running in the Highlander Invitational instead of the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational. Senior Jenna Hinkle made the best of the new schedule, claiming first place in the 5K with a personal-best time of 16:48.0.

• The Cal State Fullerton teams had a very successful day at the Highlander Invitational as the men took first place and the women were runner-up. On the men’s side, sophomore Jorge Sanchez was the top finisher with a seventh-place showing in the 8K in 18:04.3. Sophomore Sam Huerta led the Titan women, running the 5K in 17:27.4 for fifth place.

• UC Irvine senior Izzak Mireles was the top Big West finisher on the men’s side of the Highlander Invitational, finishing second overall in 17:56.9. He topped his previous PR in the 6K by over 12 seconds and helped the Anteaters to a second place finish in the team race.

• UC Davis took a long journey to State College, Pa., for the Penn State National Open last weekend. Jordy Ceja was the top finisher for the men’s squad as the junior completed the 8K in 26:03, good for 23rd place. Sophomore Sarah Anderson was the top runner on the women’s side, completing the 6K in 21:35 for 54th place.

• The final regional polls of the regular season kept the Big West in the same spots. 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.