SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State men's and women's cross country teams will have their final race before the Big Sky Championships as they travel to the Bay Area for the SCU Bronco Invitational on Saturday at Baylands Park. The men's team race in the 8K invitational at 8:45 a.m. and be followed by the women's 6K at 9:30 a.m. Admission is free and there is a $6 charge to park.
The Hornets have not been in action since hosting the Capital Cross Challenge on Sept. 28. The team will have another two weeks off following the SCU Bronco Invitational before heading to Greeley, Colo., for the conference meet on Nov. 2.
"We're excited to travel to the Bay Area for our final regular season race," Sacramento State cross country coach Aaron Braun said. "We've had a great block of training since Capitol Cross. That, combined with a higher level of confidence makes me believe we'll have a lot of runners racing at a new level this Saturday."
The women's team has been led by Cagnei Duncan in all three meets this season. Duncan most recently finished 18th overall at the Capital Cross Challenge and has been among the top 20 in all three competitions this year. Her fastest 6K time is 20:51.25 which should be challenged as the SCU Bronco course has historically been fast.
Rachel Victor made her season debut at the Capital Cross Challenge where she ranked second on the team in 21:44.7. The team has also seen Blayney Dolan and Rosemary David have the second best time among Sacramento State entries this season.
Tristen Thomson, Elijah Changco and Shane Marshall have accounted for the top three finishers for the Hornets in every meet. Thomson has had the best mark for the men's team in the last two races. He ran 24:49.62 over the 8K course at the Capital Cross Challenge to place 39th overall. He also led the team at the UC Riverside Invitational. Changco was second in both of those meets after ranking third on the team in the season opener. Marshall was the Nevada Twilight Classic to start the year and has been third for the men the past two meets.
The SCU Bronco Invitational features a loaded field which includes six men's teams and nine women's teams which are regionally ranked.
Men's College Invitational 8K | 8:45 a.m. | 184 Total Entries | National/Regional Rankings Denoted for Division I Programs
Teams Represented: American River, Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal (14 – West), Central Arizona, Eastern Washington, Fresno State, Grand Canyon, Houston (7 – South Central), Lamar (4 – South Central), Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Montana, Nevada, Pepperdine, Portland State, Sacramento State, San Jose State, Santa Clara (15 – West), Seattle, Saint Mary's, UC Santa Barbara (11 – West), Utah Valley (10 – Mountain)
Women's College Invitational 6K | 9:30 a.m. | 223 Total Entries | National/Regional Rankings Denoted for Division I Programs
Teams Represented: CSU Monterey Bay, Cal (9 – West), Eastern Washington, Fresno State, Grand Canyon, Hawaii, Houston (4 – South Central), Lamar, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Montana (14 – Mountain), Moorpark, Nevada (15 – Mountain), Pacific, Pepperdine, Pomona-Pitzer, Portland State, Rice (7 – South Central), Sacramento State, San Diego State, San Jose State (12 – West), Santa Clara, Seattle, Saint Mary's, UC Davis (13 – West), UC Santa Barbara, Utah Valley (12 – Mountain), Wyoming (13 – Mountain)
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