The men’s cross country team won the 8K race at the UC Riverside Invitational on Saturday.

The Mustangs had a point total of 51, placing five runners in the top 15. Concordia took second place behind Cal Poly with 70 points and host UC Riverside was third with 80.

The Cal Poly women’s team finished fifth with 120 points. Cal State Fullerton, San Jose State, Concordia and Southern Utah finished ahead of the Mustangs. Fullerton had 96 points.

Jameson Mora was Cal Poly’s top men’s finisher. Mora took second place with a time of 24:38.10. Southern Utah’s Jesson Baumgartner won the event, finishing nine seconds ahead of Mora at 24:29.

Nathan Brassmassery was the next Mustang to cross the finish line in ninth place with a time of 25:11.80. He was followed by a tight group of three Mustangs finishing within three seconds of each other.

The group was comprised of Keith Hankins, 11th place with a time of 25:21.10, Matt Blanchard, 14th in 25:23.70, and Tom Phelps, 15th in 25:23.80.

Jeff Lease rounded out the Mustang lineup finishing 21st with a time of 25:42.

Rachel Valliere led the women’s team, finishing eighth with a time of 18:10.70.

Lauren Mulkey finished in 17th place for the Mustangs, clocking in at 18:34.7.

Stephanie Hamilton (24th), Lauren Magdaleno (34th) and Julie Hancock (37th) completed the list of scoring runners for Cal Poly. Kelsey DeLaGardelle took 49th place.

Cal Poly’s next action comes in two weeks on Oct. 15. The men’s “A” squad will compete at the Pre-National Invitational at Terra Haute, Indiana State University. The men’s “B” team and women’s team will host the Cal Poly Invitational.

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