Aggies Head To Dellinger Invite In Light Cross Country Weekend
Big West Cross Country Weekly Release No. 4
UC Davis will be the lone team in competition this weekend, returning after a three-week hiatus to compete in the Bill Dellinger Invitational.
Entering its 13th year of competition the Oregon-hosted event at the Springfield Country Club will consist of five clubs, all of which are West Coast. In addition to the Aggies and Ducks, Portland, Seattle and Nevada (women only) will compete in a women’s 6K and men’s 8K. Despite the small field, the competition will be fierce as Oregon and Portland have nationally-ranked squads.
The meet is named for former Oregon men’s track and field coach Bill Dellinger, a two-time NCAA champion for the Ducks, and a three-time Olympian, who also helped coach Oregon to four NCAA cross country team championships and 12 top-three NCAA finishes from 1968-98.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
• Last week the Lagoon Open featured some of the top clubs in the Big West as Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton took on host UC Santa Barbara. The meet brought together the clubs that finished in the top three in both races of the 2017 Big West Championships.
On the men’s side, defending Big West champion Cal Poly came away with the team title after a 33-point performance. Sophomore Jake Ritter led the way for the Mustangs with a third place finish, completing the 8K course in 25:02.5. UC Santa Barbara went 1-2 in individually in the men’s race as sophomores Nick Randazzo (24:53.43) and Yousef Baddour (25:00.55) led the way on their home course. Cal State Fullerton also placed two in the top five as senior Sam Pimentel (25:06.25) and sophomore Jacob Smith (25:07.69) finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Ultimately it was the depth of Cal Poly that won the day as the team swept the sixth-ninth place finishes to claim the team title.
The women’s race saw Cal State Fullerton come away with the team title with 34 points after all runners competed in the 5K event. All five Titan runners finished in the top 10 led by freshman Lucina Vincent’s third place showing in 17:10.56. Junior Trinity Ruelas was right behind her teammate in fourth at 17:12.70. As they did with the men’s race, Gauchos were 1-2 in the women’s race as junior Katie Camarena (17:06.91) was followed by sophomore Astrid Rosvall (17:07.71). Cal Poly’s top runner was sophomore Abigail Fisk in fifth at 17:17.56. Fish led a contingent of runners that finished fifth-seventh before CSF claimed the eighth-tenth spots.
• The 38th annual UCR Invitational was also held last weekend, a competition that boasted 75 teams and nearly 900 athletes in competiton.
The women’s race saw UC Irvine post the top finish by a Big West team, a sixth place showing in the 22-team field. Freshman Hannah Chau was the top finisher for the ‘Eaters, crossing the line in 20:59.2 over the 6K course. She was also the highest Big West finisher among the league teams in competition.
The men’s 8K race had homestanding UC Riverside finish as the top Big West team, putting up an 8th place showing in a competitive 22 team jaunt. UCR was led by freshman Antonio Carbajal in 26th place with time of 25:00.5. The top Big West finisher came from CSUN in senior Michael Merchan. He crossed the finish line in 24:32.7 which was 12th in the 172-athlete race. He was one of two Big West athletes to finish in the top 20 as Long Beach State senior Trevor Stangle finished in 18th at 24:47.9.
• The updated regional rankings have a Central Coast representation for the Big West as Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara appear on the lists. The Mustangs have the 12th ranked men and 13th ranked women, while UCSB checks in at 14th on the men’s side.
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