Oct. 27, 2012
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Sarah Sumpter finished second overall while Alycia Cridebring was third to lead the UC Davis women's cross country team to a second-place finish while Trevor Halsted paced the Aggie men to a fourth-place finish at the Big West Cross Country Championships on Saturday at the UC Riverside Ag/Ops Course in Riverside.
Sumpter finished in a time of 19:44.4 in the women's 6K event while Cridebring crossed the line in a time of 20:13.8. Katie Fry also finished in the top five, clocking in at 20:24.6 to finish fifth overall.
Cal Poly's Laura Hollander won the individual event to lead the Mustang women to their first team title since 2001.
"The conference meet always represents a battle on both the men's and women's side and today was no different," said head coach Drew Wartenburg. "We fell a spot short of the team goals today despite some great individual efforts. Katie Fry had a defining performance that allowed us to put Sarah, Alycia and Katie in the top five as we had discussed."
Freshman Christine Hoffman earned a top-20 finish with a time of 21:04.9, finishing 17th overall while Lauren Wallace was 19th to round out five Aggies in the top 20. Wallace clocked in at 21:04.9.
Shannon Harcus was 23rd in a time of 21:16.7 while Rocki Lambdin was 25th to round out the Aggie scoring. She crossed the finish line in a time of 21:21.9.
Freshman Venus Shabgahi was 44th in a time of 22:04.5 while Erika Barr was 56th (22:31.8).
Halsted was sixth overall in a time of 24:23.3 to lead the UC Davis men's team to a fourth-place finish. He was joined in the top 25 by freshman Brandon Pugh
who was 13th in a time of 24:39.8. Cody Nguyen
placed 22nd in a time of 25:21.4.
"Trevor paced the men again today with a top-ten effort and we saw youth carry us through the middle with Brandon, Cody and Jordon," said Wartenburg. "The desired team objective proved a bit elusive and will require a willingness to put forth a more assertive and concerted race."
Nathan Strum and Jordon Rushing were 27th and 28th with Strum clocking in at 25:37.0 and Rushing coming in just three seconds later at 25:40.0. Amar Dholakia and Grayson Hough also finished back-to-back with Dholakia finishing 39th and Hough coming in 40th overall. Dholakia's time of 26:07.4 was three second ahead of Hough's time of 26:10.1.
Nick Ratto was 44th and Eric Neill was 46th to round out the Aggie men's side.
Cal Poly also claimed the men's team title as the Mustangs swept the top three places in the men's 8K event.
"In just under two weeks, the West Regional meet provides the opportunity for both squads to make an important stand," said Wartenburg. "The challenge before us in Seattle is to pull together at every spot to yield a stronger team result."
UC Davis will host the Doc Adams Open on Nov. 3 at the Putah Creek Reserve Course in Davis before traveling to the NCAA West Regional meet in Seattle on Nov. 9.