Cross Country Heads To Meets In and Out of State
Big West Cross Country Weekly Release No. 5
The final weekend of September brings about a major meet weekend as eight of nine Big West schools are in competition.
The meet with the most Big West schools will take place in Northern California as Cal State Fullerton, CSUN and UC Davis head to Sacramento for the Capital Cross Challenge hosted by Sacramento State. The event is held at Haggin Oaks Golf Course which was the site of last season’s NCAA West Regional Meet. The women’s event will be a 6K, while the men will compete in an 8K course.
UC Irvine makes a trip to Santa Clarita this weekend as the ‘Eaters will participate in the TMU XC Invitational. The Masters College hosts the event at Central Park which will consist of a women’s 5K and men’s 8K.
The remaining clubs in action will compete in meets out of the state of California, two of which are in Oregon. Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara will send its squads to Eugene for the Bill Dellinger Invitational on Friday. A talented field of over 300 awaits at Springfield Golf Club, including host Oregon, Stanford, Washington, Brigham Young and Portland. The meet will consist of a women’s 6K and a men’s 8K.
Just about 70 miles away in Salem will be the Charles Bowles Invitational hosted by Willamette. Hawai’i will send a contingent of runners to the meet, its second consecutive competition in the Pacific Northwest. The ‘Bows will compete in the 5K race McCulloch Stadium and Bush Park.
The final school in competition will be heading out of region as UC Riverside heads to South Bend, Ind., for the Joe Piane Invitational. UCR is competing in the event for the first time, making the trek to Burke Golf Course to compete against some of the nation’s finest programs. The men’s races will be 5 mile runs while the compete will compete in 5K jaunts.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
• Long Beach State was the lone team in action last week, competing in the UNLV Invitational. Junior Mikayla Florez finished in third in the women’s 5K, crossing the finish line in 17:49. Her time shattered her previous mark by 23 seconds.
On the men’s side, senior George Martinez was the top finisher for LBSU. He ran the 6K in 19:09, good for sixth place.
• This week’s version of the regional rankings didn’t see much movement due to the idle weekend. On the men’s side, Cal Poly leads the way at #9, while Cal State Fullerton is holding steady at #15. The women’s rankings have Cal Poly at #11, UC Santa Barbara at #14 and UC Riverside at #15.
• 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.