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Boyal Earns All-Regional Honors With 10th-Place NCAA West Finish

Boyal Earns All-Regional Honors With 10th-Place NCAA West Finish

SEATTLE — Cal Poly senior Swarnjit Boyal finished in 10th place at the NCAA West Region Cross Country Championships on Friday, earning all-regional honors at one of the country's nine qualifiers for the upcoming national championships.

Boyal ran Washington's 10k Jefferson Park Golf Course in 29 minutes, 47.2 seconds — the top Big West Conference finisher at the postseason meet featuring almost 40 schools also representing the Pac-12, Mountain West, Big Sky, WCC and WAC.

With his performance, Boyal put himself in strong contention for an individual bid to the NCAA Championships, hosted by Louisville at Tom Sawyer Park in Kentucky on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Boyal paced the Mustangs to an 11th-place team score of 305 points. After opening from the 15th starting box, he moved up from a 38th-place position with just over nine minutes elapsed to 10th at the next split (11:55.0).

Recovering from a fall midway through the race, he closed strongly, moving back up from 18th with 24 minutes gone to 12th at the 27-minute mark, setting up his kick which led to a spot on the awards stand.

Mikey Giguere was next for Cal Poly, finishing 56th with a time of 30:48.1. He was closely followed by fellow junior Sean McDermott in 61st at 30:50.6.

Senior Clayton Hutchins added an 82nd-place 31:13.2, ahead of sophomore Alex Merder in 96th (31:30.2), junior Peter Cotsirilos in 113th (31:54.6) and sophomore Chas Cook 118th (32:01.5).

Portland, which entered the meet No. 6 in the latest national Top 30 coaches poll, won the regional crown with 63 points, edging 20th-ranked Washington (65), which clinched the other automatic full team trip to NCAAs at home.

Cal Poly finished 18th in the Women's 6k, scoring 497. San Francisco, which began the day ranked No. 4 nationally, tallied a winning 59 points to top No. 7 Stanford (76), as the Dons and Cardinal secured the two team NCAA berths.

Sierra Brill, the 2017 Big West Freshman of the Year, led Cal Poly with a 64th-place time of 21:00.9.

Mustang junior Maddie McDonald came in 95th (in 21:34.2), while freshman Abbey Fisk was 109th (at 21:45.0).

Junior Julia Vasquez (21:52.9) and redshirt sophomore Bryanna Fuller (21:54.3) added 116th and 120th-place finishes, followed by freshman Angela DiPentino in 123rd (21:56.1). 

The full NCAA finals field will be announced by 12 noon Pacific Time tomorrow at