The Cal Poly men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the Stanford Invitation on Saturday where the men placed eighth and the women finished fourth.

The men ran an 8K race where senior Carl Dargitz led the way for the Mustangs, finishing in 34th place with a time of 24:40. Sophomore Michael Johnson finished nine seconds behind Dargitz in 41st place.

The final three Mustang finishers were freshman Sean Davidson (24:58), Tobin Villalva (25:14), and Chris Frias (25:15). The 244 total points placed the men’s team slightly behind UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara.

The women’s team finished behind only Stanford, California and Long Beach State, who were aided by top 20 performances from sophomore Kayleigh Tyerman and junior Leanne Fogg.

Tyerman, who finished in 11th, completed the 6K course in 21:03, while Fogg came through in 19th at 21:29. The final scoring Mustang female finished in 43rd place, helping the team beat UCLA, USC and UC Davis.

Individual winners were Northern Arizona’s David McNeill (23:18) and Kathy Kroeger (20:06) of Stanford. The men’s team will compete next on National Championship course in Terre Haute, Ind. on Oct. 16 while the women’s team and a men’s squad will race on Fairbanks Cross Country Course on the same day.

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