SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The fifth-annual Capital Cross Challenge will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Haggin Oaks Golf Course. The men's 8K race will start at 9:40 a.m. while the women's 6K competition will get under way at 10:40.
Along with the collegiate races, there will be several other races which will include high school, middle school and youth athletes. Admission is free to all spectators but there is a $5 charge for parking.
This week's action marks the fifth Capital Cross Challenge. The meet is co-hosted by Sacramento State, the Sacramento Sports Commission and the Sacramento Running Association. Last season, Chico State repeated as the men's champion while Pepperdine was the best NCAA Div. I men's team. UC Davis won its first women's team title.
Among the NCAA Div. I teams in the field, Portland's men's team is ranked seventh nationally and second in the West Region in this week's polls. The men's race will also feature three other teams in the West Region top 15 with Cal Poly (eighth), Loyola Marymount (13th) and UC Davis (15th). Cal Poly owns the highest ranking in the West Region among the Div. I women's team in the race. The Mustangs are eighth but will be chased by Portland, UC Davis, Cal, USF and San Jose State which rank ninth through 13th, respectively.
With Haggin Oaks Golf Course serving as the home for the NCAA Div. II National Championships in November, this year's race will also include a large number of Div. II schools looking to get time on the course. The men's race includes six teams currently ranked among the top 19 in the latest national poll. That list is topped by Colorado School of Mines which is the No. 1 team in Div. II. Chico State is currently third and has the advantage of winning the race the past two years. The remaining nationally ranked men's teams are Alaska Anchorage (12th), Cal State San Marcos (15th), Biola (18th) and Queens (N.C.) 19th.
Colorado School of Mines is also the highest ranked NCAA Div. II women's team in the race as the Orediggers are fifth nationally. Chico State (sixth), Alaska Anchorage (seventh) and Seattle Pacific (eighth) are also in the top 10. Cal State San Marcos (17th), Biola (21st) and Cal State East Bay (21st) completes the seven teams ranked among the top 25.
Sacramento State will have eight women and seven men competing in the race which will be their third of the season. Cagnei Duncan has led the women's team in the first two meets this season. Duncan finished fourth at the Nevada Twilight Classic before taking 13th at the UC Riverside Invitational where she had a career best 6K time of 20:51.25. The team will also get a boost with the return of Rachel Victor to the lineup. The junior ranked second on the team in five races last season but has yet to compete in 2019. The Hornet men were led by Shane Marshall at the Nevada Twilight Classic where he finished first and was named the Big Sky Runner of the Week. Tristen Thomson led the team at UCR after placing eighth overall.
"I'm thrilled to be around for our home XC meet this year," Sacramento State head cross country coach Aaron Braun said. "The Capitol Cross Challenge is a meet known around the country, thanks in large part to the great work done by the Sacramento Running Association. This year's meet will be the largest it's ever been; which presents a great challenge to our men's and women's teams. I'm excited to see how they respond to this challenge, and know that it will be a great way to launch us into the second half of our season."
Sacramento State Women Entries: Emma Armstrong, Ariana Barrett, Rosemary David, Blayney Dolan, Cagnei Duncan, Marilou Ruiz, Arely Venegas, Rachel Victor
Sacramento State Men Entries: Elijah Changco, Abraham Maldonado, Shane Marshall, Jacob Moran, Xander Reimers, Santiago Ruiz, Tristen Thomson
Capital Cross Challenge
Sept. 28, 2019 | Haggin Oaks Golf Complex
7:50 am - Unseeded Varsity Boys 5K
8:15 am - Unseeded Varsity Girls 5K
8:45 am - Seeded Varsity Boys 5K
9:10 am - Seeded Varsity Girls 5K
9:40 am - College Men Invitational 8K
10:10 am - College Men Open 8K
10:40 am - College Women Invitational 6K
11:05 am - College Women Open 6K
11:30 am - Frosh/Soph. Boys (Div. 3, 4 & 5) 2 mi.
11:40 am - Frosh/Soph Boys (Div. 1 & 2) 2 mi.
11:50 am - Frosh/Soph Girls (Div. 3, 4 & 5) 2 mi.
12:00 pm - Frosh/Soph Girls (Div. I & 2) 2 mi.
12:10 pm - Open Boys 2 mi.
12:20 pm - Open Girls 2 mi.
12:40 pm - Junior High Boys
1:00 pm - Junior High Girls
1:20 pm - Youth Boys 1.4 mi.
1:40 pm - Youth Girls 1.4 mi.
Cal Poly, Cal, Fresno State, Grand Canyon, Hawaii, Loyola Marymount, Nevada, New Mexico State, Pepperdine, Portland, Sacramento State, San Diego State, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Seattle Pacific, Saint Mary's, UC Davis, UNLV
Academy of Art, Alaska Anchorage, Azusa Pacific, Bentley, Biola, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State East Bay, Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal State San Marcos, Chico State, College of Idaho, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State Pueblo, Dallas Baptist, Dixie State, Dominican, Fresno Pacific, Holy Names, Lewis, Lynn, Menlo, Notre Dame de Namur, Oregon Tech, Palm Beach Atlantic, Point Loma, Pomona-Pitzer, Queens (N.C.), Regis, San Francisco State, Seattle Pacific, Sierra Nevada College, Simon Fraser, Sonoma State, Southern Oregon, Stanislaus State, Tampa, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, Western New Mexico, Westmont, William Jessup, Wilmington (Del.)
American River, Butte, Sierra
Results will be handled by Record Timing. A live link can be found at http://www.rtspt.com/events/SacStcxc19
Div. I Men's Team
2015 - Saint Mary's
2016 - Arizona State
2017 - Chico State
2018 - Chico State
Div. I Women's Team
2015 - Loyola Marymount
2016 - Arizona State
2017 - San Jose State
2018 - UC Davis
2015 - Cormac McCullaugh, Saint Mary's, 24:30.0
2016 - William Reyes, Chico State, 23:29.8
2017 - William Reyes, HOKA Aggies, 23:59.4
2018 - William Reyes, Unattached, 23:47.6
2015 - Chloe Berlioux, Sacramento State, 16:36.4 (5K)
2016 - Chelsey Albertson, Arizona State, 20:20.8 (6K)
2017 - Danielle Shanahan, Loyola Marymount, 20:23.2 (6K)
2018 - Jenica Dodge, Unattached, 21:08.7 (6K)