CP Men, UCSB Women Claim 2017 Cross Country Championships
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Big West Cross Country Championships Central
2017 Big West Cross Country Championships Men's 8K Results
2017 Big West Cross Country Championships Women's 6K Results
A repeat champion and a return to glory were the story in Riverside Saturday as the Cal Poly men and the UC Santa Barbara women won the 2017 Big West Cross Country titles.
The Mustangs won their second straight title and fifth in seven seasons. The squad posted 29 points on the way to the title, the third time in the last four Championship runs that the squad posted fewer than 30 points. UC Santa Barbara was second with 55 points, while Cal State Fullerton posted its second straight third place finish on the way to 112 points. Fourth place belonged to UC Davis with 141 points, UC Irvine was fifth with 144 points and CSUN tied Long Beach State with 149 points. The Matadors earned the sixth place moniker thanks to a tiebreaker advantage. Homestanding UC Riverside finished up the standings on the men's side with 158 points.
The men's 8K race was a bit of a surprise as UC Davis' Thomas Madden was the victor in 24:13.7. He is the first Aggie to win the men's race since Jon Peterson in 2010. Cal Poly took home the next three slots as Swarnjit Boyal (24:21.4), Peter Cotsirilos (24:39.9) and Mikey Giguere spearheaded the Championship run. UC Santa Barbara's Yousef Babbour was fifth in 24:43.1, UC Irvine's Hector Garcia was sixth in 24:43.7, Chas Cook (24:45.6) gave Cal Poly another top 10 finisher as he crossed the line in seventh, Jordy Ceja of UCD was eighth in 24:45.8, finishing hundreths of a second faster than Goerge Martinez of Long Beach State who crossed the line in nearly the same time. Patrick Bourke wrapped up the top 10 on the men's side with a time of 24:47.8.
Meanwhile on the women's side, the Gauchos' 45 points delivered the first title for the program since 2010. They barely outlasted Cal Poly for the title as the Mustangs amassed 47 points. Cal State Fullerton finished in third with 77 points, its best finish at the Championship since 1992. Host UC Riverside was fourth with 89 points, fifth was UC Davis with 133 points and sixth was Long Beach State with 150 points. CSUN wrapped up the women's race in seventh with 202 points, while UC Irvine (221) and Hawai'i (259) wrapped up the standings.
UCSB's Jenna Hinkle was the top overall finisher in the women's 6K, winning the race in 20:17.1. Cal Poly's Miranda Daschian was second in 20:26.8, while UCSB earned its second top three finish in Katie Camarena as she crossed in 20:28.8. Cal State Fullerton's Samantha Huerta was fourth in 20:41.5, the highest finish for a Titan since Grace Gonzales in 2008. Fifth place was Sarah Anderson of UC Davis in 20:46.0, sixth was Cal Poly's Sierra Brill in 20:49.5 and seventh was UCR's Weslie Pearce in 20:51.3. UCSB's Emily Lopez gave the Gauchos eighth place points in 21:02.9, Faith Makau of UCR was ninth in 21:03.4 and Cal Poly's Julia Vasquez wrapped up the top 10 women in 21:04.5.
Complete results of both races can be found in the above links.