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Frias, Hollander Finish in Top 10 at West Regional for Cal Poly

Frias, Hollander Finish in Top 10 at West Regional for Cal Poly

COMPLETE WOMEN'S RESULTS AND TEAM SCORES

COMPLETE MEN'S RESULTS AND TEAM SCORES

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Led by a duo of top-10 individual finishes, the Cal Poly cross country teams placed in the top 10 in both the men's and women's races at the NCAA West Regional hosted by Sacramento State at Haggin Oaks Golf Course on Friday.

To start the day, Cal Poly senior Chris Frias came in ninth place on the men's 10K course, finishing in 29 minutes, 55 seconds.

Frias, the reigning Big West Conference champion, paced his squad to a seventh-place team finish, with a score of 191. Stanford won at 53.

Fellow senior Sean Davidson finished in 25th place, with a time of 30:25. He was ahead of junior Mitch Moriarty in 30th (at 30:34), freshman Dimitri Voytilla in 65th (31:15) and sophomore Tyler Huntley in 66th (31:16). Clayton Hutchins, a freshman, added a time of 31:39, and sophomore teammate Kyle Lynch traversed the layout in 32:13 for the Mustangs.

Afterward, Cal Poly sophomore Laura Hollander came in seventh place in the women's 6K race, finishing in 19:37. It was the third race of the year for the 2012 All-American.

She led the Mustangs to an eighth-place team finish, scoring a 259. Arizona won at 84.

Diana George, a senior, added a 54th-place individual finish for the Mustangs, in 20:47, followed by freshman Mary Jo Wright in 63rd (20:52) and then both freshman Ashley Windsor and sophomore Ashley Bergstrom in 67th and 68th (each at 20:55). Others also competing in the women's race for the Mustangs included sophomores Sara Van Dyke (21:09) and Rachel Bush (21:38).

The top two teams advance as groups to the NCAA Championships, which feature 31 teams overall. Of the 31 bids, 18 are automatically earned through the regional process, while 13 are filled on an at-large basis.

The at-large selection process incorporates a review of regional performance first. For example, a fourth-place team may not be selected for an at-large berth above a third-place team from the same region. However, a team with a fourth-place finish could push both the third- and fourth-place teams into the NCAA Championships, provided the fourth-place team has enough regular-season wins to be the next at-large team.

Regular-season wins from Sept. 27 through the regional stage are counted only if a team beat another "A" team, which is defined by four or more regional runners also competing previously in the regular-season meet. (Thus, official designations of "A" and "B" teams can't be determined until after the nine regional meets are completed.)

After the team field has been settled, 38 additional individuals on both the women's and men's sides are selected to move on.

From the teams not selected in the aforementioned process, the top four finishers at each regional are automatically selected (but they must have finished within the top 25 of the region). Additionally, two more at-large runners will be chosen from the remainder of the national pool (they also must have finished in the regional top 25).

Both the Cal Poly women and men won Big West team championships earlier this month.