SACRAMENTO — Jake Ritter won individual medalist honors on Saturday at the Capital Cross Country Challenge, leading Cal Poly to the men's team victory at Arcade Creek XC Course. Miranda Daschian came in fourth place for the Mustang women's squad, which took third.
Ritter claimed his 8k win with a time of 24:04.1, ahead of Alaska Anchorage's Wesley Kirui by three seconds for the crown at the fifth annual meet in Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. Ritter, the defending Big West champ, led the Mustangs to a team score of 51 points, topping Chico State's 67 and future conference opponent UC San Diego's 176.
Anthony Benitez followed in eighth place for Cal Poly with an effort of 24:23.9, just ahead of fellow redshirt freshmen teammates Will Fallini-Haas (24:25.1) and John Bennett (24:25.3) in 10th and 11th.
Elias Opsahl rounded-out the Mustang scoring with a 21st-place showing of 24:34.6. Chas Cook added a 48th-place time of 24:55.8, and Brett Hickman (135th) & Hayden Hansen (158th) followed for Cal Poly in 25:41.0 & 25:53.6.
Then in the 6k Invite, Daschian clocked a time of 20:42.7. The defending conference champ led her squad to 139 points, as Colorado Mines won with a score of 89, also besting Cal (103) at the front.
Kaylee Mitchell of Seattle Pacific won the individual title at 20:30.2.
Misty Diaz took 13th for the Mustangs, via 21:02.5, followed by teammates Angela DiPentino (36th, in 21:28.8) and Cate Ratliff (40th; 21:32.9), while Sydnie Rivas (55th; 21:40.0) finalized Cal Poly's scorecard.
Lexi Watkins also came in 65th place, in 21:45.5, ahead of Annie Meeder (101st, in 22:09.2), Aimee Armstrong (129th; 22:18.6), Delaney Fitzsimmons (141st; 22:29.1) and Chase Worthen (158th; 22:36.6).
Meanwhile, several Mustangs ran on Saturday on an unattached basis, competing in the unscored column:
In the Men's Open, Lucas Lacambra led the way with a 10th-place performance of 25:20.5, before freshmen teammates Brett Knutson (13th; 25:23.5), Emmanuel Guzman (19th; 25:31.3), Erik Luu (25th; 25:39.7), Spencer Thurman (57th; 26:06.1), Colin Ryan (68th; 26:12.1) and Cole Gamble (120th; 26:54.8).
Melodie Leroudier came in ninth place in the Women's Open, recording a 22:12.4. She was followed in 20th by Lila Roake (unattached; 22:33.2) and 28th by Peyton Candaele (also non-scored; 22:44.6), as well as 30th by Abbey Fisk (22:46.5).
Up next, Cal Poly will train for a pair of meets contested between Oct. 18-19. The Mustangs will split into two travel groups, attending the Under Armour Wisconsin Invitational in Madison a day before also competing at the Bronco Invitational, hosted by Santa Clara at Baylands Park.