Both the Cal Poly men’s and women’s cross-country teams placed in the top 10 of the NCAA West Regionals on Friday.
Mustang News Staff Report
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With strong performances from both senior Chris Frias and sophomore Laura Hollander, the Cal Poly men’s and women’s cross-country teams both earned a top-10 finish at the NCAA West Regional in Sacramento, Calif. on Friday. The two will also represent the Mustangs at the national championships on Nov. 25.
The two will also represent the Mustangs at the national championships on Nov. 25.
In the men’s 10 kilometer competition, Chris Frias, who finished in 29 minutes, 55 seconds, lifted the Mustangs to a seventh-place finish as a team while he captured ninth place overall — 20 seconds behind the winner.
Sean Davidson crossed the finish line shortly after Frias with a time of 30:25 in 25th place, and Mitch Moriarty arrived just after at 30:34 in 30th place.
Freshman Dimitri Voytilla and Tyler Huntley placed 65th and 66th, respectively, to earn the Cal Poly men’s team a score of 191. Stanford won with 53 points.
In the women’s six kilometer race, Hollander propelled the Mustangs to a score of 259 with a time of 19:37, as she placed seventh out of 225 participants. Hollander maintained a five minute, 16 second mile per minute pace, and finished 26 seconds behind the winner, Emma Bates of Boise State.
The second Cal Poly runner to cross the finish line was senior Diana George who placed 54th overall. Following was freshman Mary Jo Wright in 63rd who finished in 20 minutes, 52 seconds. Freshman Ashley Windsor and sophomore Ashley Bergstrom arrived in 67th and 68th place, respectively.
Both the women’s and men’s teams are coming off Big West championships this year, led by individual champions Hollander and Frias. The teams are waiting to see if they will be selected by the NCAA committee for an at-large bid to the NCAA championship which will take place on Nov. 25 in Terre Haute, Ind.
Evan Morter contributed to this report.