Jake Ritter
Jake Ritter
Height: 6-1
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Citrus Heights, CA
High School: Granite Bay HS
Experience: 2Y

2018-19 -- Track: Followed-up his conference title-winning fall by almost winning another Big West championship in the springtime, as he came in second place for the 10,000 meters at UC Santa Barbara on May 10, with a time of 30:49.87 — just 65-hundredths of a second back of first ... in addition to his all-conference plaque on the opening night, returned to Pauley Track the next day for the 5,000-meter finals, earning fourth place in 14:41.53, finishing the meet having tallied 13 total points for the Mustangs ... recorded a career-best 5,000m performance of 14:12.98 at the Bryan Clay Invitational on April 18, taking ninth place at Azusa Pacific ... made the Big West All-Academic Team for a second season in a row. Cross Country: Selected for the Big West Athlete of the Year Award ... won the individual conference title on Oct. 27 in Brea, claiming the 8k crown in 24:27.5 at Carbon Canyon Park ... led wire-to-wire to win by 11.6 seconds; in the process, set the tone for a 37-point team win at the Finals, thanks to a score of 32 which saw the Mustangs lift the trophy ... advanced in the postseason to the NCAA Western Championships, upping the mileage to a 10k on Nov. 9 in Sacramento ... competing against the Pac-12, Mountain West, WCC, WAC and Big Sky, came in 52nd place (via 30:39.9) at regionals, hosted by Haggin Oaks Golf Course ... chosen as Cal Poly’s overall Coca-Cola Student-Athlete of the Week on Oct. 29 ... during the regular season, also had team-best performances at Cal State Fullerton’s Covert Classic on Sept. 1 (in 24:51.4 — good for fourth place) and the UCSB Lagoon Open (via 25:02.1, securing third place on Sept. 15) ... also took 17th at the Stanford Invite (at 24:40.2 on Sept. 29) and 88th at the Wisconsin Pre-Nationals (24:57.3 in Madison Oct. 13) ... additionally, earned Big West All-Academic Team honors.

2017-18 -- Track: Was just one spot back of making the All-Conference Team in his true freshman season, taking fourth place at the Big West Championships for the 10,000 meters, with a time of 34:00.21 at CSUN on May 11 ... also came in 12th place at the conference finals for the 5,000m, clocking a performance of 14:55.12 May 12 ... season-best 5,000 during his debut spring came at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 20: 14:37.52, good for 18th place ... additional bests included 3:53.40 in the 1,500m as well as 8:35.40 in the 3,000m. Cross Country: Competing on an unattached basis at UCSB’s Lagoon Open on Sept. 2, began the fall taking fourth place overall, with an 8k performance of 25:27.20 ... made scoring debut as a true freshman for the Mustangs at Oregon’s Dellinger Invitational on Sept. 29, finishing 71st at the Pac-12 course, with a time of 24:48.8 ... academically, earned Big West Conference Commissioner’s Highest Honors.

Prep -- As a senior at Granite Bay High School, finished seventh at the 2016 CIF Division 2 State Cross Country Championships, with a 5k time of 15:27.3 — after winning the Sac-Joaquin Section crown in 15:49.2 ... added an eighth-place finish at the 2016 Stanford Invitational, in 15:02.9 ... as a junior in track season, took fourth in the 3,200 meters at the sectional Masters Meet with a performance of 9:21.68 ... in 2017, finished ninth in the 1,600m at the Sacramento Meet of Champions, at 4:15.96 ... also earned the Grizzlies’ Junior and Senior Academic Merit Award, the State Seal of Biliteracy and an IB Career Diploma.

Personal -- Also visited Cal, Portland and Lipscomb; chose Cal Poly because of the “great area, and great academic & athletic environment” ... majors in Civil Engineering, and aspires to build structures to help others, such as bridges and roads.