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Bilo, Boyal Lead Mustangs at Stanford Cross Country Invitational

Bilo, Boyal Lead Mustangs at Stanford Cross Country Invitational

STANFORD, Calif. — Cal Poly finished in the top two in both the women's and men's races at the 43rd annual Stanford Cross Country Invitational on Saturday morning.

To start the day at Stanford Golf Course, the Mustang women's squad took second place out of 16 schools in the 6K, compiling a score of 46 that trailed only the 37 points posted by the host Cardinal, who came into the meet ranked No. 6 in the national coaches Top 25 poll. 

Stanford sophomore Elise Cranny (the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and an All-American in 2014) narrowly won the individual title with a time of 20:02.50, edging Mustang sophomore Peyton Bilo (20:08.80) by 6.3 seconds.

Two Cal Poly teammates also tallied top-10 finishes among the field of 153 competitors, as junior Molly Haar came in eighth place at 20:45.50 and senior Ashley Windsor was 10th at 21:00.50.

Next up for the Mustangs, freshman Morgin Coonfield finished 13th in 21:15.90, followed by sophomore Katie Izzo (in 15th with a time of 21:21.70), freshman Cate Ratliff (26th, 21:39.30), sophomores Julia Vasquez (30th, 21:42.00), Hannah Hull (32nd, 21:44.50) & Maddie McDonald (33rd, 21:52.00), and junior Kylie Nishisaka (37th, 22:03.40).

In the ensuing men's 8K, Cal Poly won with a score of 54, ahead of the other 17 schools.

Competing unattached, Stanford freshman Thomas Ratcliffe won individually with a time of 23:17.00, just ahead of Tulane sophomore Emmanuel Rotich's 23:19.90.

Swarnjit Boyal and Clayton Hutchins had top-five performances for the Mustangs, as the senior and redshirt junior finished third and fourth at 23:22.80 and 23:30.90.

For the third straight meet to open the season, junior Alex Heuchert was the third Cal Poly representative to cross the finish line, taking 17th place among the 177 total runners, with a time of 23:56.90.

Sophomore Mikey Giguere (in 23rd place at 24:12.40) and seniors Dimitri Voytilla (26th, 24:17.00) & David Galvez (34th, 24:26.50) also ran in the top 35 for Cal Poly.

Also for the Mustangs, sophomore Garrett Migliozzi came in 59th place at 24:53.50, joined by redshirt freshman Wesley Walsh (63rd, 24:57.50), junior Zachary Wims (76th, 25:12.60) and redshirt freshman Alex Merder (83rd, 25:26.60).

Several Mustang freshmen also competed on an unattached basis. From the women's squad, Ashley Heys finished 29th with a time of 21:41.50, ahead of Melodie Leroudier (62nd, 22:48.60), Rachel Bordes (71st, 23:03.30), Ashley Davis (78th, 23:13.80) and Chase Worthen (85th, 23:31.30).

Then representing the men's team, Justin Robison posted a 12th-place performance of 23:50.80, and Robert Franklin added a 109th-place 25:59.90.

The Mustangs will now train for a duo of meets scheduled for two weeks from now. The team will split up into two groups, traveling to the Adidas Pre-Nationals Invite at Indiana State, while simultaneously hosting the Cal Poly Invitational at Fairbanks Memorial Cross Country Course in San Luis Obispo on Oct. 15.

Both events will be the final regular-season tune-ups before the Big West Conference Championships in Hawai'i on Oct. 29.