Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer

Daschian, Robison Lead Cal Poly to Top 5 Team Scores at Stanford Invite

Daschian, Robison Lead Cal Poly to Top 5 Team Scores at Stanford Invite

STANFORD, Calif. — Miranda Daschian and Justin Robison each came in 11th place individually at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, pacing the Cal Poly cross country program to a duo of top-five team finishes.

Beginning the morning with the 6k at Stanford Golf Course, Daschian clocked a performance of 21:17.80, leading the Mustangs to a fifth-place tally of 139 points.

Robison then followed with an 8k effort of 24:29.40 to help the men's squad take fourth place with 90 points.

Competing on her home course, Elise Cranny won the women's event with a time of 20:32.50 to edge Pac-12 rival Katie Rainsberger of Washington by a 7.2-second gap. Cranny keyed a Cardinal team win as well, as Stanford, ranked No. 3 in the latest national coaches poll, topped Adams State 62-69, ahead of No. 16 Washington (90) and UCLA (113).

Abbey Fisk was next for Cal Poly, finishing in 25th place with a time of 21:43.30, just ahead of teammate Katie Izzo in 27th at 21:50.50. Maddie McDonald (39th via a performance of 22:09.20) and Peyton Bilo (42nd at 22:13.50) completed the scoring for the Mustangs.

Annie Meeder followed in 56th place at 22:33.40, while Sierra Brill (70th in 22:49.20) & Delaney Fitzsimmons (71st; 22:50.70) also posted top-75 showings. Rachel Bordes added an 80th-place 22:58.60, ahead of Lexi Watkins (82nd; 23:02.70), Sydnie Rivas (84th; 23:03.70) and Hannah Hull (90th; 23:10.90).

UCLA's Robert Brandt, running on an unattached basis, claimed men's medalist honors by beating Adams State's Sydney Gidabuday, 23:46.40 to 23:55.60.

"Up front it was a high level of competition," said Mark Conover, Mustang Director of Track & Field and Head Coach of the men's squad. "It was deep, with Stanford, UCLA and also Adams State, which is a perennial Division II champion with a very talented roster year-in and year-out."

No. 4 Stanford won the 8k, compiling 26 points to best the No. 23 Bruins (53) along with Adams State (75).

Jake Ritter, Cal Poly's leader at the first two meets of the year, posted a 17th-place effort of 24:40.20, while Evan Jameson took 20th in 24:48.60. Benjamin Holland (25th at 24:57.80) & Logan Marshall (30th; 25:04.10) rounded out the Mustang scoring.

Meanwhile Alex Merder (32nd in 25:06.70), Mikey Giguere (34th; 25:07.60) and Peter Cotsirilos (35th; 25:10.30) trailed in a close pack for Cal Poly, followed by Sean McDermott (25:46.00) and Luis Armendariz (26:35.00) in 63rd and 97th.

"It was a tough pack of running for our top eight guys," Conover commented. "I'm really proud of how they moved up through the course through each loop well, and how they helped each other out out there. They ran with a lot of heart and commitment, which you start seeing as the bigger meets come."

Of Robison — the 2016 Big West Freshman of the Year, back after redshirting the 2017 season — Conover added, "He's been feeling better and better each week. He really wants to do all he can to help the team and he gave a very concentrated effort today."

"The rest of the group ran well too," he continued, "including Jake Ritter too, who's been very consistent and gave another great effort today. But those 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th guys ran tough and helped each other out through the course, and it was a total team effort."

Cal Poly will train in the two weeks ahead, readying for the Wisconsin Pre-Nationals on Oct. 13. The Badgers' Zimmer Championship Course in Madison will host the meet, scheduled for a 10 a.m. Central Time start.