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Plethora of Big West Cross Country Clubs Head to Sacramento

10/3/2013

Cross Country Release No. 6

One of the larger meets in the West Region takes place this weekend as the NCAA Inter-Regional Jamboree takes place in Sacramento.

The meet is a small preview of the West Region championship in November, as nationally and regionally-ranked teams will hit the ground running at Haggin Oaks Golf Course. The Big West teams competing in the event are Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara. The race will have an 8K men’s run and a 5K women’s run.

The Arcade Creek Golf Course will be new territory for all participants, as it is the first time the location will be used for a cross country event. Friday’s meet will serve as a West Regional preview, which takes place on Nov. 15, and will act as a “points accumulator” for teams who strive to compete in the national meet.

• Cal State Fullerton’s Katie Bathgate had an impressive run at the CSUSB Invitational, winning top medalist honors for the first time in her career. Bathgate ran the 6K in 22:30.9, leading the women’s team to a team title for the first time since the Northridge Invite in 2009.

• UC Irvine head coach Vince O’Boyle, the second-longest tenured head coach in UC Irvine Athletics history, has announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31. O’Boyle is in his 32nd season as head coach of the Anteater men’s and women’s cross country programs, and 30th as director of the UCI men’s and women’s track & field programs after serving two seasons as an assistant track coach. During his UCI career, O’Boyle has been named Big West Conference Coach of the Year 20 times in cross country and track & field.

• After five consecutive seasons, Big West Cross Country Championships will move from Riverside to San Luis Obispo. Fairbanks Cross Country Course will host the championship meet, the same site that hosted the event back in 2007. During that championship, the Cal Poly men won their fifth straight title thanks to a clean sweep of the first five positions. UC Santa Barbara took the women’s title, its fourth in five seasons.