Cross Country Has Strong Showing at Cal Poly Invitational
The Fresno State cross country teams took fourth and fifth place at the Cal Poly Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 13. The men's team finished fourth with 141 points and the women's team finished fifth with 131 points.
Host school Cal Poly took first place in both the men's and women's team competitions. In the men's race, Cal Poly won with 48 points. California took second place with 93 points and Southern Utah took third with 103 points.
Junior Roberto Vaca (Sanger, Calif.) was the top placer for the `Dogs for the first time this season. Vaca took 11th place with a time of 27:35 in the 8K race.
In his first top-5 team finish, sophomore Curtis Barela (Hinkley, Calif.) took fourth on the team and 37th overall with a time of 28:20. Junior Alex Mason (Alameda, Calif.) finished fifth on the team and 46th overall with a time of 28:34.
In the women's team competition, Cal Poly won with 43 points. Track West (a club team) took second place (54), Southern Utah took third (91) and Cal State Northridge took fourth (109).
Junior Olga Gutierrez (Visalia, Calif.) was Fresno State's top placer. Gutierrez took fifth place in the women's 5K with a time of 18:45. Sophomores Kara and Michelle June (Santa Maria, Calif.) took 17th and 18th place overall. Kara June finished one second ahead of her older sister at 19:36.
Junior Stacy Esquivel (Visalia, Calif.) took fourth place on the team and 39th overall with at time of 20:20. Senior Rachel Bauer (Clovis, Calif.) finished fifth for the Bulldogs, 52nd overall, with a time of 20:46.
The Fresno State men's and women's cross country teams travel to Honolulu, Hawaii for the WAC Championships on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Men's Team Places 1. Cal Poly 48 2. California 93 3. Southern Utah 103 4. Fresno State 141 5. Cal State Fullerton 157 6. UC Riverside 165 7. Sequoias 181 8. Track West 187 9. Long Beach State 215 10. UC Santa Barbara 218 11. UC Irvine 230 12. Pepperdine 346 13. San Jose State 399 14. Cal State Northridge 402 15. San Francisco 413