CROSS COUNTRY READIES FOR BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIPS ON SATURDAY

CROSS COUNTRY READIES FOR BIG SKY CHAMPIONSHIPS ON SATURDAY

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. —
The Sacramento State men's and women's cross country teams will battle for a conference title on Saturday at the Big Sky Championships in Cedar City, Utah. The women's 5K race will start at 9 a.m. PT with the men's 8K race beginning an hour later. The races will be held at the Cedar Ridge Golf Course and the event marks the first Big Sky championship event hosted by Southern Utah in any sport.

The women's race should be a battle as each of the top 10 finishers from a year ago return. Included in that mix is Hornet senior Chloe Berlioux who placed third last season — the highest finish ever by a Sacramento State athlete at the Big Sky Championships. Berlioux has been dominant in 2015, having finished first in three of her five meets and never placing outside the top three.

The men's race features much more uncertainty as only two of the top 10 runners from a year ago return. Sacramento State has been led by senior Jacob Huston throughout the 2015 season. Last year, Huston placed 52nd in the meet and was second among Hornet runners. He most recently finished 16th at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational  to lead Sacramento State.

Northern Arizona captured both team titles in 2014. The Lumberjacks have been a dynasty on the men's side having won the previous eight Big Sky titles. NAU's victory in the women's race snapped Weber State's streak of three consecutive team titles.

A year ago, the Hornets finished ninth in the women's race and 11th in the men's. The Sacramento State women have been among the top five teams in four of the last seven years, including a second place showing in 2008. The highest finish for the men's team was fourth place in 2010 and 1996.