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Cal Poly Freshman Bilo Finishes 172nd at NCAA Cross Country Championships

Cal Poly Freshman Bilo Finishes 172nd at NCAA Cross Country Championships

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Running at the first NCAA Cross Country Championships meet of her career, Peyton Bilo from Cal Poly came in 172nd place out of 254 women Saturday afternoon.

The true freshman out of El Dorado Hills finished the 6K Tom Sawyer State Park Course in Kentucky with a time of 21 minutes, 20.9 seconds.

Under a 52-degree, breezy and cloudy autumn sky, Bilo was assigned to Box 27 of 41, starting alongside Colorado State's Darby Gilfillan, Texas A&M's Karis Jochen and Liberty's Ednah Kurgat.

Bilo was in 88th after the opening third of the race, establishing a pace of 6:46.4 through 2K.

Notre Dame senior Molly Seidel ultimately won the individual national title, out-kicking Boise State freshman Allie Ostrander by five seconds: 19:28.6 to 19:33.6.

Top-ranked New Mexico, widely considered one of the deepest squads ever, lived up to its billing coming in, somewhat dominating even No. 2 Colorado to take the team championship by a 49-129 margin.

Bilo concludes her initial collegiate season as a USTFCCCA All-West Region performer, the Big West Freshman of the Year award recipient and a conference athlete of the week honoree.

Whether on a full team or individual basis, this was the 16th fall since 1995 that Cal Poly has been represented at the national championships level.

Photo by Tim O'Dowd