Cross Country Schedule Light As Championship Countdown Hits Three Weeks
Big West Cross Country Weekly Release No. 6
The first weekend of October will be a light one on the cross country schedule as only Hawai’i is slated to compete. The weekend also marks just three weeks until the 2017 Big West Championships in Riverside.
The Rainbows will be sending a small squad to the Hawai’i Pacific Invitational in Kahuku, the site of last season’s Big West Championship. The team will compete in a 5K with the races slated to begin at 7 a.m. HT.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
• Cal Poly put in a pair of seventh place finishes at the prestigious Bill Dellinger Invitational in Eugene, Ore., last weekend. On the women’s side, the Mustangs were led by sophomore Miranda Daschian who finished the 6K course 24th at 19:51.6. Senior Swarnjit Boyal led the Cal Poly men with a time of 24:06.3, resulting in a 21st place finish in the talented field.
This marks the second time this season that Daschian and Boyal had finished as the top runners for Cal Poly. The duo also finished atop the Mustang lineups in the season opening Lagoon Dual.
• The Cal State Fullerton men finished in fourth place at the Capital Cross Challenge in Sacramento last weekend, the highest finish for any of the Big West clubs in attendance. The squad was led by freshman Jacob Smith who clocked in at 24:50.3 over the 8K, crossing the line in 20th place.
• UC Davis also ran at the Capital Cross Challenge and had several strong performances. The women’s squad finished eighth overall, the highest among the Big West teams in the meet. Sophomore Sarah Anderson led the way in the 6K with a 14th place finish in 21:24.5, while her classmate Julia Lemak was 19th in 21:31.5. Junior Jordy Ceja was the top finisher for the Aggie men in sixth at 24:26.9 over the 8K. Ceja was also the top finishing athlete from a Big West school.
• UC Irvine put up twin second place finishes at The Master University Cross Country Invitational. On the men’s side, sophomore Hector Garcia completed the 8K in second place in 25:04.7, while senior Izzak Mireles was right behind him in third at 25:10.0.
The women’s team was led by sophomore Anastasia Karnaze over the 5K event as she finished in 13th with a time of 18:13.1.
• A shake up of the regional polls sees two Big West clubs remaining in both rankings. 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.