The second week is a quiet one around Big West cross country as all of the clubs will take the weekend off after competing in season-openers a week ago.
BIG WEST CELEBRATING 50/35
The 2018-19 season marks the 50th anniversary for men’s sports in the Big West Conference, and the 35th for women’s. All season long, the Big West Conference will celebrate the history of all conference sports. Join us as we pay homage to the student-athletes, coaches, staffs, communities and fans who have helped pave the way.
• Cal State Fullerton has hosted the Big West Championship four times but has not hosted the women’s championship since 1993. That year UC Santa Barbara won the title in the 10-team competition with 43 points, beating out Hawai’i and UC Irvine who both posted 81 points.
• The Big West men’s cross country championship has been around since 1969 but there was a stretch where a non-Big West school hosted the league championship. Stanford was the site of the league meet from 1976-1980.
• The length of the championship course has actually changed for the men’s and women’s races over the years. The men’s race used to run a 10K from 1969-1988. The following year the current 8K race was adopted. The women’s race was a 5K from 1983-2002 but was then increased to a 6K in 2003.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
• The 34th annual Mark Covert Classic acted as a Big West preview of sorts as eight of the nine league clubs competed in the event hosted Cal State Fullerton.
Cal Poly took home the crown in the 13-team men’s race, finishing with 60 points to outdistance second place UC Santa Barbara by 13 points. The Mustangs’ five finishers completed the 8K course in the top 18 led by Jake Ritter in fourth at 24:51.4. Individual medalist honors went to UCSB’s Nick Randazzo who crossed the line at 24:41.0. The Titans’ ended up with the second and third place finishers in Sam Pimentel (24:48.4) and Jacob Smith (24:48.6).
The women’s 5K race was a tight affair at the top as Cal Poly (56) posted a one point edge over Cal Baptist (57) for the team title. Miranda Daschian led the way for the Mustangs with a first place time of 17:45.7, edging the second place runner Daan Haven of Arizona State by about two seconds. Homestanding Cal State Fullerton had a top 10 finisher in Trinity Ruelas as she finished sixth in 17:57.1.
• The lone Big west club not to compete in the Mark Covert Classic was Hawai’i but the ‘Bows had a season-opener of their own on the islands in the Big Wave Invitational.
UH ended the day on a high note as it captured the team title of the 18th annual event. Three of the five scorers finished in the top 10 led by Sienna Santiago’s third place showing in a 5K personal-best 19:38. Danielle Girard finished sixth in 19:51, while Olivia Hill crossed the finish in 10th at 19:59.
• Cal State Fullerton returns to the spotlight this year as the Titans will host the Big West Championship. This marks the first time CSF has hosted the league meet since 1997 and for the fourth time overall. The conference showdowns will take place at Carbon Canyon Park in Brea on October 27 with the men’s 8K slated for 8:45am and the women’s 6K commencing at 9:30pm.
• The preseason regional rankings have two clubs appearing on the list, both on the men’s side. Defending champion Cal Poly checks in at 10th with rival UC Santa Barbara a few spots behind in 13th.