SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State men's and women's cross country teams will have their seasons come to a pinnacle on Saturday at the Big Sky Conference Championships in Greeley, Colo. The women's 5K race will start at 10:30 a.m. PT with the men's 8K race beginning an hour later.
"We're excited to compete in the Big Sky Cross Country Championships," Sacramento State cross country coach Aaron Braun said. "This is a competition we've been preparing for physically and mentally for quite some time now, and I'm thrilled that it is finally here. Our conference has some of the best teams in the country, so it's the perfect way to test ourselves to see how much we've progressed since last year."
The Hornets finished in seventh place last season in the both the men's and women's competition which were held at Haggin Oaks Golf Course in Sacramento. On Saturday, the teams will battle the elevation and the weather which is expected to be in the upper 30s at the start of the race.
The Sacramento State women have had the same top four runners in each of its first four races of the year. Cagnei Duncan has led the team in each race and has a pair of fourth-place finishes during the year. Most recently, Duncan ran 20:27.3 over the 6K course at the SCU Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale, Calif., where she was fourth. Rachel Victor has ranked second on the team in both of her races while Rosemary David and Blayney Dolan have come in between second and fourth in all competitions this year.
The men have turned to Tristen Thomson in the three most recent races. Thomson has an 8K best of 24:41 which has come at the Nevada Twilight as well as the SCU Bronco Invitational. He has led the team in three straight races and finished fourth in the other to start the year. Thomson finished 40th at last season's conference meet which is the top returning mark on the team.
Elijah Changco, who missed last season's Big Sky meet, has placed second among the Hornets in three meets. Shane Marshal, Jacob Moran and Santiago Ruiz have all finished among the top four on the team in races this season.
Northern Arizona, which is the top ranked team in the country and are the three-time defending NCAA Div. I champions, are heavy favorites to repeat on the men's side. Southern Utah is ranked 19th nationally while Weber State, Montana State, Idaho State Northern Colorado and Idaho are all regionally ranked.
Southern Utah claimed the women's title last season but will be tested by NAU, Weber State and Montana as all four teams are ranked in the USTFCCCA Mountain Region.
Big Sky Cross Country Championship Schedule
Saturday, November 2, 2019
10:00 a.m. - Course Opens to Competitors
11:15 a.m. - National Anthem
11:20 a.m. - Women's competitors must report to assigned boxes
11:30 a.m. - Women's 5K Championship Race
12:20 p.m. - Men's competitors must report to assigned boxes
12:30 p.m. - Men's 8K Championship Race
1:30 p.m. - Awards
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