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Cal Poly Cross Country Competes at NCAA West Regional Championships

Cal Poly Cross Country Competes at NCAA West Regional Championships

Bilo Earns All-Regional Status in Washington; Mustangs Tally Matching Team Scores

SEATTLE — Cal Poly freshman Peyton Bilo almost clinched an automatic individual trip to the upcoming NCAA Cross Country Championships on Friday, finishing in 12th place at the West Region meet held on Jefferson Park Golf Course, where the Mustang women and men posted identical top-15 scores of 344 each on an overcast, rainy afternoon.

Cal Poly began by taking 13th place out of the 35 women's programs spanning from Idaho to Arizona. Oregon, the nation's No. 4-ranked squad, won the 6K with 79 points — just one ahead of No. 9 Boise State, which claimed the other automatic team berth to the national championships.

In advancing, the Ducks and Broncos will be accompanied by the 16 additional automatically-qualifying rosters representing the eight other regions. Thirteen at-large squads will form the field of 31 for each side.

Outside of Oregon and Boise State, the top four women also automatically moved on in an individual basis.

Bilo was seventh in that context, and still could be selected. The full list of at-large entrants to run at Louisville's E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park on Nov. 21 will be chosen by an NCAA committee and announced Saturday.

Bilo, the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year, closed particularly well, moving up from 36th place at the 2K mark to 29th by the end of 3K and 25th after 4K, ultimately crossing with a time of 21 minutes, 0.5 seconds to earn her spot among the top dozen.

Top 25 finishers were bestowed all-regional honors.

Behind Bilo, Cal Poly junior Ashley Windsor earned a 62nd-place finish out of the 242 student-athletes in the Pacific Northwest, posting a performance of 21:44.7. She, too, elevated in the standings down the stretch, rising up from 78th at the halfway point.

Also racing for the Mustangs was sophomore Sydney Szabo (coming in 67th place, at 21:51.5), joined by seniors Sara Van Dyke (89th, 22:16.0) & Erika Veidis (119th, 22:28.7) and junior Mary Jo Wright (158th, 23:01.3).

Cal Poly actually tied for 12th place with Eastern Washington (also scoring a 344), but was edged in a tiebreaker technicality.

Afterward in the men's 10K, Cal Poly again was 12th. Running in extremely muddy conditions on their home course, the host Huskies surprised to upset the country's No. 4 squad, Stanford, 63-83 for the crown.

Mustang junior Nick Woolf paced his team for a second meet in a row, taking 56th place with a time of 32:13.8.

Following Woolf were junior teammate David Galvez (in 66th place out of the field of 205, at 32:24.0), redshirt freshmen Garrett Migliozzi (68th, 32:25.2) & Devon Grove (71st, 32:29.3), senior Luis Morales (84th, 32:47.2) and juniors Swarnjit Boyal (117th, 33:40.3) & Dimitri Voytilla (156th, 34:29.7 in his season debut).