Cross Country Wraps Up West Regional Competition
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2018 NCAA West Regional Championships Central
The Big West cross country clubs ran the trails of Sacramento Friday, looking to punch their tickets to nationals with strong showings at the NCAA West Regional.
The women's race went on first at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex, a 6K jaunt featuring the top runners in the region. Cal Poly's Miranda Daschian was the highest finisher from a Big West school, crossing the finish line in 18th place 20:10.3. Her teammate Katie Izzo wasn't far behind in 22nd, recording a time of 20:14.5. Cal State Fullerton's Samantha Huerta gave the Big West three top 30 finishers as she finished her run in 27th at 20:23.4.
The Mustangs also recorded the highest finish as a team of any conference club, coming in eighth with 232 points. Oregon won the team title with a 44-point showing, but Boise State nabbed the individual crown in Allie Ostrander. She ran a 19:09.0, 13 seconds better than the runner-up Jessica Hull from Oregon.
The men's race saw Cal Poly finish 10th as a team after the grueling 10K, led by Evan Jameson in 33rd with a time of 30:10.7. Both showings were tops among Big West competitors. Portland won the crown on the men's side with 77 points, led by Nick Hauger who won the race with a time of 29:42.4.
The NCAA Championships will take the top two, seven-person teams via automatic qualification from each of the nine regions, for a total of 18 teams. Thirteen additional teams are to be selected at-large. Thirty-eight individuals will selected to participate in each Championship through an automatic qualifier and at-large selection process. The selections will be made Saturday morning.
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