Cross Country Hits One Month Mark Until League Championships
Big West Cross Country Weekly Release No. 5
A busy weekend of competition greets Big West cross country clubs as the countdown to the Conference Championships hits four weeks.
Big West clubs will find competition from the heart of the Golden State all the way to the plains of the Midwest as the days tick down to the league meet. The competition starts Friday as UC Riverside heads to South Bend, Ind., for the Notre Dame-hosted Joe Piane Invitational. The meet, which is in its 63rd year, will have a bevy of runners as 37 women’s teams and 31 men’s teams are slated to compete. Burke Golf Course will be the site of competition for men’s 8K races and women’s 5K races.
After a year hiatus, the Stanford Invitational has made its way back on the racing calendar. Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara will head north for the event, the 44th time that the Cardinal has hosted the meet. The showcase will be run on Stanford Golf Course and will feature an 8K for the men and a 6K for the women.
The Capital Cross Challenge will have the largest number of Big West teams in attendance as CSUN, UC Davis, UC Irvine and Hawai’i will head to Sacramento for the event. Haggin Oaks Golf Course will be the site for the event, a venue that has previously hosted the NCAA West Regional Meet and will host the NCAA Championships in 2019. The competition attracts some of the top talent around for a men’s 8K and a women’s 5K.
Cal State Fullerton will run double duty on Saturday, splitting its squads for competition in California and Minnesota. The Titans will compete in the Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul, Minn., and the Mustang Challenge in Santa Clarita, Calif.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
• UC Davis returned to the trails last weekend after a three-week hiatus, competiting in the Bill Dellinger Invitational. The women finished third in the field led by sophomore Eva Goodisson. She finished the 6K race in 20:48.1, good for 11th place in the 46-runner field. The men’s squad finished in fourth but picked up a top 10 finisher in junior Jordy Ceja. He crossed the finish line in eighth in 25:14.5, finishing in a pack of runners from nationally-ranked Oregon and regionally-ranked Portland.
• UC Riverside was also in competition last weekend, taking a quick trip to Las Vegas, Nev., for the UNLV Invitational. Juniors James Sever (27:05.9) and Arman Irani (27:07.9) led the way in the men’s 8K for the Highlanders, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively, within two seconds of each other. Freshman Vanessa Walton was the high finisher for the UCR women, crossing the line in 17th at 20:35.7.
• 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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