SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State men's and women's cross country teams will close out their season at the NCAA West Regional in Pullman, Wash., on Friday, Nov. 15. The women's 6K race will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will be followed an hour later with the start of the men's 10K race.
The men's race will feature six teams ranked among the top 30 led by No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Oregon and No. 10 UCLA. The women will have five top 30 teams, including No. 2 Stanford and No. 4 Washington.
"We're excited about our opportunity to race (on Friday)," Sacramento State cross country coach Aaron Braun said. "This is the end of our season, so a great chance to show the work we've put in since early this summer. I especially think of our seniors: Emma, Tristen and Elijah who will be racing in a team cross country setting for the last time ever. Being on a collegiate cross country team is very special, and I've appreciated their leadership this year."
Sacramento State most recently competed at the Big Sky Championships where the women finished ninth and the men were 10th. Cagnei Duncan continued her run at leading the team by placing 12th with a 5K time of 18:49.5. Duncan has had the fastest time on the team in all five meets this season and owns a mark of 20:27.3 for her fastest 6K. Rachel Victor has finished second among the Hornets in her three meets this season while Blayney Dolan placed third on the team.
The men will run 10K for the first time this season. Elijah Changco was the fastest Hornet at the Big Sky meet with an 8K time of 28:36.6 while competing at altitude in Greeley, Colo. Tristen Thomson has been among the top two Sacramento State finishers in every meet this year and has had the fastest time in three competitions. Shane Marshall was third at the Big Sky meet.
The top two teams in each race at the nine regions will automatically advance to the NCAA Championships in Terra Haute, Ind. The remainder of the field will be completed with at-large selections.
SACRAMENTO STATE WOMEN'S ENTRIES
Emma Armstrong, Ariana Barrett, Rosemary David, Blayney Dolan, Cagnei Duncan, Marilou Ruiz, Rachel Victor.
SACRAMENTO STATE MEN'S ENTRIES
Elijah Changco, Abraham Maldonado, Shane Marshall, Santiago Ruiz, Tristen Thomson.
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