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Cal Poly Challenges Nationally Ranked Teams at Bronco Invitational

Cal Poly Challenges Nationally Ranked Teams at Bronco Invitational

SUNNYVALE and SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Depth carried the Cal Poly cross country teams to top-three performances at the Bronco Invitational on Saturday morning at Baylands Park, while more runners also represented the Mustangs at the Cal Poly Invitational at Fairbanks Memorial Course.

In the Bay Area, the women's squad finished second among the 21 teams competing, with a score of 92 — behind only the 82 posted by Oklahoma State, which came into the meet ranked 18th in the country in the latest USTFCCCA poll.

Monika Juodeskaite won for OSU with a 6K time of 20:01, but the Mustangs took 17th place (led by junior Meghan Breadmore at 20:55), 18th (freshman Sydney Szabo, 20:57), 19th (sophomore Ashley Windsor, 21:01) and 21st (senior Ashley Bergstrom, 21:02).

Earlier in the day, Cal Poly came in third in the 23-school men's 8K, with 71 points, behind only fourth-ranked Oklahoma State's 30 and seventh-ranked Stanford's 65.

Luis Morales, a junior, paced the Mustangs with an 11th-place showing at 24:00, ahead of sophomore teammates Clayton Hutchins (16th at 24:03), Eric Hayen (20th, 24:04), Nick Woolf (22nd, 24:06) and Riess Haslam (27th, 24:14), and junior Al Gamez Jr. (29th, 24:15).

Justin Marpole Bird, racing unattached, won individually 23:38; OSU's Shane Moskowitz was the fastest collegian, at 23:46.

Meanwhile back on the Central Coast, freshman Eric Sindel posted the university division's top time (27:04) in the men's 8K, while junior Kyle Lynch finished in 27:41.

In the women's race, the Mustangs beat Bakersfield 19-36, led by junior Sara Van Dyke, who claimed the 5K win at 18:12. She was followed by another junior, Annie Whitford (in second at 18:59), and sophomore Holli Arrieta (third, 19:25).

Cal Poly will now train for the Big West Conference Championships, held at the Ag/Ops Course in Riverside on Nov. 1.