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Mustangs to Compete at Pre-Nationals, Saturday

Mustangs to Compete at  Pre-Nationals, Saturday

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly men's and women's cross country teams will be off to Terre Haute, IN for the Pre-Nationals Saturday. The Pre-Nationals is hosted by Indiana State and will be held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.

Over 150 men's and women's teams are expected to compete in Saturday's precursor for the NCAA Championship meet on the same course on Nov. 23.

With 12 ranked teams and four more teams that received votes in the most recent National Coaches Polls, the Cal Poly men's team will have the opportunity to move up in the standings. Cal Poly entered the week as the top-ranked Big West Conference team and  is ranked eighth in the West Region.

Senior Sean Davidson will lead the team after placing second at the Oct. 4 NCAA West Regional Pre-View in Sacramento. Davidson earned Big West Conference Athlete of the week in leading the men's team to a second place finish behind UCLA.

Fellow senior has had a solid fall with second place finish at the Lagoon Open (24:25), a first place finish at the Fresno State Invitational (19:15) and a fourth place finish in the Sacramento race (23:36).

Other Mustangs expected to have a strong showing include junior Mitch Moriarty after a 13th place finish in Sacramento (23:58). Freshmen Tyler Huntley and Dimitri Voytilla finished 23rd (24:27) and 30th (24:36) respectively at the Sacramento race.

The women's race will have a total of 13 ranked teams and two more that received votes nationally last week. The women's team was edged by UCLA at the West Regional Pre-View race by one point as sophomore Mary Jo Wright paced the Mustangs with a ninth place finish (17:08).

Freshman Ashley Windsor finished 14th (17:13) while sophomore Ashley Bergstrom came home 16th (17:19).

Also expected to compete for the Mustangs will be senior Diana George, Michelle Read and Erika Schaeffer.

Also in action on Saturday will be the Cal Poly Cross Country Invitational at the Fairbanks Memorial Cross Country Course. The women's women's 5k race is scheduled for 9 am and will be followed by the men's 8k race at 9:30. The high school races will begin at 10 am.