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Hutchins Leads Cal Poly With Ninth-Place Finish at Stanford Invitational

Hutchins Leads Cal Poly With Ninth-Place Finish at Stanford Invitational

STANFORD, Calif. — Two weeks after taking first place among 74 runners at the WCC Preview Meet, Cal Poly sophomore Clayton Hutchins kept his strong start to the season going, finishing ninth at the 41st annual Stanford Cross Country Invitational on Saturday morning.

Hutchins maintained a pace of 4:48 to cover the 8K Stanford Golf Course in 23:51 — 35 seconds back of the champion out of the 361 competitors, Cardinal junior Joe Rosa.

His performance led the Mustangs to a fourth-place finish among the 17 Division I teams, with a score of 105. Washington State won the title at 73.

Cal Poly also got top-35 finishes from senior Tyler Huntley (21st at 24:20) and junior Dimitri Voytilla (32nd, 24:28).

In the ensuing women's 6K race, sophomore Mary Jo Wright led the Mustangs by coming in 23rd, at 21:39. It was the second time this early-fall that Wright has paced the squad (the first was at the Lagoon Open on Aug. 30).

She was followed closely by a pack of teammates: freshman Sydney Szabo (in 25th at 21:41), senior Ashley Bergstrom (27th, 21:47), freshman Melissa Eisele (28th, 21:49) and senior Meghan Breadmore (29th, 21:53).

The impressive depth helped carry Cal Poly to third overall among 21 schools, with 117 points; Stanford won with 71.

Individually, Washington State senior Abby Regan led the field with a time of 20:31.

The Mustangs will next host the Cal Poly Invitational, starting at 9 a.m. Oct. 18 at the Fairbanks Memorial Course.