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Men Finish 12th, Women 17th at Pre Nationals

Men Finish 12th, Women 17th at Pre Nationals



TERRE HAUTE, IN – The Cal Poly men's cross country team finished a solid 12th out of a field of 52 teams while the Cal Poly women's cross country team finished 17th out of a field of 49 in Saturday's running of the Pre National race in Terre Haute, IN. The race was held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course and was hosted by Indiana State.

At the Cal Poly Invitational, freshman Reiss Haslam won the men's race with a time of 21:06 while freshman Sara Ban Dyke won the women's race in a time of 17:49.

Senior Sean Davidson was the top Mustang finisher in 17th place when he covered the 8k course in a time of 23:47.92. Davidson continues to impress as he was the top Mustang finisher at the NCAA Pre Regional in Sacramento on Oct. 4 when he was second with a time of 23:30.

Fellow senior Chris Frias finished 39th with a time of 24:06.80 with junior Mitch Moriarty 63rd with a time of 24:18.95. Sophomore Kyle Lynch was 157th with a time of 24:59.20.

A group of three freshman followed Lynch across the line with Dimitri Voytilla and Clayton Hutchins finishing 188th (25:06.74) and 209th (25:14.09). Tyler Huntley rounded out the Mustang competitors in 301st and a time of 25:55.52.

Kennedy Kithuka of Texas Tech won the individual championship with a time of 22:52.78 while Colorado won the men's title with five scoring runners in the top 28 and 90 points.

The women's team finished 17th in a loaded field that had 13 ranked teams competing. Cal Poly, not ranked, distanced Oklahoma State who finished 20th. Oklahoma State entered the race ranked 19th in the nation.

Senior Diana George paced the Mustangs in 76th place when she covered the 6k course in a time of 21:17.32. It was only the second race of the season for George, who finished the NCAA West Pre View in 18th.

Sophomore Mary Jo Wright and freshman Ashley Windsor finished 104th and 105th with times of 21:30.01 and 21:30.02. Wright was the Mustangs top finisher at the Oct. 4 Sacramento race in ninth.

Sophomore Rachel Bush was 155th with a time of 21:49.78 with sophomore Ashley Bergstrom 167th (21:52.89).

Senior Erika Schaeffer and sophomore Michelle Read rounded out the Mustang runners in 254th (22:26.40) and 268th (22:33.61) respectively.

The women's individual title was won by Boise State's Emma Bates with a time of 20:09.09 while Georgetown captured the team title with 117 points. Butler finished third and upset eight teams ranked above them as they entered the race ranked 20th.

At the CP Invite, running unattached, Eric Sindel was second in a time of 21:11 followed by freshman Jeff Miles in third with a time of 21:19.

Freshman David Galvez was fourth (21:31) and Eric Hayen, unattached, was fifth (21:44). Three other Mustangs running unattached finished in order with Ryan Hodges posted a time of 21:55 (sixth), Carter Duerksen in seventh (22:07) and Tom Ebiner in eighth (22:29). Sam Kane rounded out the Mustang runners in ninth (23:00).

On the women's side, Kara Thorne was second with a time of 18:05 and was followed by Kylie Nishisaka, running unattached, with a time of 18:13.

Sophomore Hanna Edwards was fourth (18:24) with Holli Arrieta fifth (18:27). Mary Hillis and Kasey Urman were sixth (18:41) and seven (19:02) respectively.