Cross Country Runs To The Line For 2018
Big West Cross Country Weekly Release No. 1
The 2018 edition of the Big West Cross Country season begins this weekend, as all of the league’s clubs will hit the trails in a historic campaign.
Cal State Fullerton will have host duties in the opening weekend as it hosts the Mark Covert Classic at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea. The course will also be the site of the Big West Championships in eight weeks time. The event will be a lite version of the Championship as eight of the nine clubs will participate. The day will call for 5K races for the women and 8K races for the men.
Hawai’i will also open its season at home as the club hosts the Big Wave Invitational at Kahuku Golf Course in Kahuku, O’ahu. 5K races will be run for both the men’s and women’s races in the picturesque setting on the North Shore of the island.
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.
• 35 years ago, Cal State Fullerton hosted the Big West Men’s Cross Country Championship for the first time. It marked the first time since 1975 that the championship race was held in Southern California.
• In the fall of 1983, history was made as UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and UNLV began the first women’s cross country season in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference history.
• That first season culminated in the first cross country Championship in PCAA (eventually Big West) women’s sports history. UC Santa Barbara was the site for the historic event which was won by UC Irvine with an impressive 18 points.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
• Plenty of talent returns to the fold across the league as six of the top 10 finishers from the 2017 Championship return on both the men’s and women’s side.
The top returning finishers for the men are the senior Cal Poly pair in Peter Cotsirilos and Mikey Giguere who finished 3-4 in the championship race a year ago. UC Santa Barbara’s Yousef Baddour, the 2017 Big West Freshman of the Year, also returns to the fold. He leads a bevy of talented lowerclassmen among returnees which includes teammates Isaiah Lozano and Jarett Chinn as well as Cal State Fullerton’s Jacob Smith.
Youth reigned supreme among the top six on the women’s side from a year ago as four of the six finishers were underclassmen. That doesn’t include Cal Poly’s Miranda Daschian who is the league’s top returning finisher after a second place showing a year ago. Katie Camarena (UCSB), Samantha Huerta (CSF), Sarah Anderson (UCD) and Sierra Brill (CP) will make the dash for the finish an exciting one all season long. Also keep an eye on the return of Cal Poly’s Peyton Bilo who missed the 2017 campaign but earned All-America honors in 2016 to go along with a Big West title.
• 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.
FOLLOW ALONG ALL SEASON