Cross Country Eyes Conference Championship

Sarah Sumpter was second overall at the 2011 Big West Conference Championship. (Wayne Tilcock)
 
Sarah Sumpter was second overall at the 2011 Big West Conference Championship. (Wayne Tilcock)
 

Oct. 25, 2012

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AGGIES EYE CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
• The UC Davis men's and women's cross country teams have their eyes set on their third conference championship in as many years as both teams travel to Riverside for the Big West Championship.
• The women's 6K race begins at 8:45 a.m. with the men's 8K race following at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday... Both events will be held at the UC Riverside Ag/Ops Course for the fifth straight year.

FOLLOW THE AGGIES LIVE
• For the first time, the Big West Conference will provide free, live streaming video from the Big West Cross Country Championships... From the beginning of the races through the finish lines and on to the awards platform, the live stream will provide new access to the championships for fans.
• The broadcast will be available on the Big West Cross Country Championships page and on ucdavisaggies.com beginning at 8:15 a.m. PT on Saturday and will follow the race leaders through the course.
• Produced utilizing technology from StreamCell and UStream, the broadcast will also be available on mobile devices and via the UStream iOS or Android apps on the Big West Conference UStream channel.

SCOUTING THE WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
• The UC Davis women are poised to defend their 2011 title and are the highest ranked squad in the West Region at No. 6.
• Cal Poly's Laura Hollander owns the league's fastest 6K time, clocking in at 19:33 at the Wisconsin Invitational on Oct. 12.
• UC Riverside's Damajeria DuBose is the conference's third-fastest 6K runner, recording a time of 20:33.40 on Sept. 15 at the Highlanders' own Riverside Invitational.
• Cal Poly is ranked 11th in the West Region while UC Santa Barbara is 12th... UC Riverside is 14th.

A LOOK AT THE AGGIE WOMEN
• The UC Davis women received votes in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Div. I coaches' poll for the first time in program history after a tenth-place finish at the NCAA Pre-Nationals meet on Oct. 13... The Aggies received nine votes.
• UC Davis is also ranked sixth in the West Region and is the highest-ranked Big West squad... The Aggies have held the No. 6 position for three straight weeks.
Sarah Sumpter finished second at last year's 2011 conference championship and currently holds the second fastest 6K time... Her mark of 20:15.00 was set at the Pre-Nationals meet on Oct. 13.
Alycia Cridebring was eighth overall at last year's Big West Championship... Her time of 20:42.80 from Pre-Nats is fourth best in the conference.
• Sumpter and Cridebring will be joined by senior Lauren Wallace, junior Shannon Harcus, sophomores Raquel Lambdin and Katie Fry and freshmen Erika Barr, Christine Hoffmann and Venus Shabgahi.
• Fry and Harcus competed on last year's conference championship squad... Fry finished in the top 15, placing 13th overall, while Harcus was 28th to help the Aggies to their first-ever title.
• Wallace and Hoffman each raced at the Oct. 13 Pre-Nationals meet...Barr and Shabgahi competed at the Bronco Invitational on Oct. 13.

SCOUTING THE MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD
• Cal Poly's men won the 2011 title, placing seven runners in the top 14 spots and have three runners in the Big West's top times in 2012... David Cardona's 8K time of 24:07.00 at the Wisconsin Invitational two weeks ago is the league's best time.
• The Mustangs are ranked tenth in the West Region while UC Santa Barbara are 13th regionally... UC Irvine owns the No. 15 spot.
• UC Davis' own Trevor Halsted owns the league's second-fastest 8K time after clocking in at 24:09.20 at the Bronco Invitational.
• UC Riverside's Seth Totten is No. 3 in the 8K in the Big West with a time of 24:10 set on Sept. 29 at the Delinger Invitational in Eugene, Ore.

A LOOK AT THE AGGIE MEN
• Halsted, a sophomore, will be joined by juniors Grayson Hough and Nathan Strum as well as freshmen Amar Dholakia, Eric Neill, Cody Nguyen, Brandon Pugh, Nick Ratto and Jordon Rushing.
• Seven of the runners going to the conference meet also competed in the Oct. 13 Bronco Invitational, helping the Aggies to a second-place finish.
• Halsted paced the field, finishing sixth overall, while Hough was 11th... Pugh and Rushing each knocked off nearly a full minute from their previous 8K time at the Bronco Invite.
• Dholakia, Nguyen and Ratto each turned in strong performances at the Bronco Invitational as well while Neill ran in the men's 8K open race that same day.
• Strum last competed at the Stanford Invitational on Sept. 29.

RECAP: NCAA PRE-NATIONALS (OCT. 13)
Sarah Sumpter was 12th, Alycia Cridebring was 29th and the UC Davis women finished tenth overall at the NCAA Div. I Pre-Nationals in Louisville, Ky.
• UC Davis placed ahead of several nationally ranked programs, including Kentucky, and was just nine points back of Florida.
Katie Fry came in 68th overall while Lauren Wallace was 104th... Christine Hoffman clocked in at 21:38.6 in her first 6K race as an Aggie.

RECAP: BRONCO INVITATIONAL (OCT. 13)
Trevor Halsted was sixth and Grayson Hough was 11th to pace the UC Davis men to a second place finish at the Bronco Invitational in Santa Clara.
• Freshmen Brandon Pugh and Jordon Rushing each knocked off nearly a minute from their previous 8K times to help the Aggies to their second-place finish.
• In the women's 5K, Shannon Harcus was UC Davis' top finisher, clocking in at 17:48.8 to finish 28th overall.
• The Aggie women were eighth overall.

COMING UP NEXT
• UC Davis will host the Doc Adams Open on Nov. 3 at the Putah Creek Reserve.
• The men's 8K begins at 10 a.m. while the women's 6K starts at 10:45 a.m.