Aggies return to Riverside for Conference Championships

Oct. 26, 2017

THIS WEEK...
Big West Conference Championships
Hosted by UC Riverside
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
UCR Agricultural Operations Course
Riverside, Calif.
Women's 6K: 8:30 a.m.
Men's 8K: 9:15 a.m.
Big West Conference Schools (Aside from UC Davis): Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Hawaii, Long Beach State, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara
Meet Information: 2017 Big West Conference Championships
Live Results: Results for Men and Women

USTFCCCA National/Regional Rankings (as of Oct. 17): Rankings

DAVIS, Calif. -- After a split between the men's squad on the weekend of Oct. 14 due to the Aggies taking part in two different meets located on opposite sides of the country, the teams reunite as they travel together down south to run at UC Riverside's UCR Agricultural Operations Course for the Big West Conference Championships on Saturday, Oct. 28.

According to the USTFCCCA as of Oct. 18, Cal Poly leads the way for West Region Rankings among the teams in the Big West Conference. On the men's side, Cal Poly holds onto a No. 11 ranking, while Cal State Fullerton follows behind with a No. 15 ranking. For the women's side, Cal Poly carries a No. 12 ranking, while UC Santa Barbara trails right behind the Mustangs with a No. 13 ranking.

It has only been a little over a month since the squads raced on this course for the UC Riverside Invitational. To recap on this Sept. 15 meet, graduate student Thomas Madden finished fifth overall in the men's 8K to help the men's team to a seventh place finish, while also earning himself the Big West Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week honor for his performance. On the women's side, sophomore Sarah Anderson clocked her 6K run at 21:06.0, cutting off 34 seconds from her previous personal best, to help the team place in ninth overall. 

At last season's Big West Conference Championships in Kahuku, Honolulu, Hawai'i, the women's squad finished in second place, marking the sixth time in 10 years that UC Davis has finished among the top two at the league championships, while the men's squad finished sixth, with then sophomore Jordy Ceja as the first Aggie across the line.

Looking back to the most recent Aggie results from the Penn State National Open and the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational, it was Ceja and Anderson that paced the Aggies at State College, Penn., to get their squads to a 12th and 15th place finish, respectively. Meanwhile at the Santa Clara location, all three UC Davis runners that raced at this meet (sophomore Xolan Brown, junior James De Mello, and senior Anthony Sanchez) acquired new personal best 8K times.

After the Big West Conference Championships, the Aggies will remain in Davis for the following weekend to host the Doc Adams Open on Nov. 4. 

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