The Aggies gear up for Capital Cross Challenge

Sept. 28, 2017

UC Davis at Capital Cross Challenge 
Hosted by Sacramento State
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
Sacramento, Calif.
Haggin Oaks Golf Complex
Men’s 8K: 9:50 a.m.
Women’s 6K: 10:30 a.m.
Participating Schools (Division I only): Cal. State Fullerton, California, Fresno State, Loyola Marymount, Nevada, New Mexico State, Pacific, Pepperdine, Sacramento State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Southern Utah, UC Davis, UNLV

Meet Information2017 Capitol Cross Challenge
USTFCCCA National/Regional Rankings (as of Sept. 27)Rankings

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After a full week off from competition after a fifth-place individual finish from Thomas Madden and a seventh and ninth place team finish for the men and women, respectively, at the UC Riverside Invitational, the Aggies will remain close to home to compete at the 2017 Capital Cross Challenge hosted by Sacramento State on Saturday morning (Sept. 30).

The race will be held at the Haggin Oaks Gold Complex, with men’s 8K beginning at 9:50 a.m., followed by the women’s 6K at 10:30 a.m. 

At last year’s Capitol Cross Challenge, both UC Davis squads earned fifth-place team finishes, which included a 12th place finish from junior Jordy Ceja

In total, UC Davis will be going up against a field that is scheduled to include 32 women’s teams and 27 men’s teams, with some having regional and national rankings according to the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Poll released on Sept. 27. Within the Big West Conference, the teams placed in the West Region’s top 15 include Cal Poly (M: No. 9, W: No. 11), Cal State Fullerton (M: No. 15), UC Santa Barbara (W: No.14), and UC Riverside (W: No. 15).

Looking back at the UC Riverside Invitational, Madden's fifth-place finish with a time of 24:09.0 was just five and a half seconds behind the second place finisher. The Front Royal, Virginia native’s debut performance earned him the Big West Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors, which was issued by the USTFCCCA on Sept. 19. Aside from that, the closest Big West competitor to Madden was Ceja, who came in 13th with a time of 24:40.4.

For the women’s squad at the UC Riverside Invitational, it was Sarah Anderson and Megan MacGregor that led off the Aggies with back to back individual finishes of 27th (21:06.0) and 28th (21.09.9), respectively, to help the team place in ninth overall.

At this event, the men’s squad will introduce junior transfer James De Mello, as well as sophomores Xolan Brown, Zachary Katzman, and Tom Robey as they make their season debut at this invite, while Jesus Salas Jr. will make an appearance following his UC Davis cross country debut at this year’s season opener. 

Junior transfer Christine Bayliss, as well as freshman Eva Goodison and Sofia Ries, are anticipated to make their Division I debut this weekend, while freshman Morgan Bowman, Jordan Stefani, and sophomore Tatjana Kunz return to the field to resume their season since the 2017 Aggie Open.

All of the Aggie runners that competed at the UC Riverside Invitational will also be in attendance at the 2017 Capitol Cross Challenge.

Following this event, UC Davis will have a week off before traveling south to Sunnyvale, Calif. for the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational on Oct. 14.



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