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Cal Poly Travels to NCAA West Regional Championships on Friday

Cal Poly Travels to NCAA West Regional Championships on Friday

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — After sweeping the Big West Conference championships, the Cal Poly cross country program will continue the postseason in Sacramento on Friday, competing at the NCAA West Regional Championships.

Haggin Oaks Golf Course will host the NCAA Championship qualifier, with the women's 6k opening the meet at 11 a.m., followed by the men's 10k at 12 noon.

Cal Poly is assigned to starting box 13 on the women's side; box 10 on the men's side.

The Mustangs won both conference trophies in Brea on Oct. 27, as the men's crown cemented a rare three-peat and the women's banner marked their third in four years.

The men's team, led by sophomore Jake Ritter's individual 8k title of 24:27.5, won their title by scoring 32 points almost two weeks ago, while the women's squad, paced by junior Miranda Daschian's medalist performance of 21:23.1, claimed its victory tallying 33 points.

Ritter and Daschian, selected for the 2018 Big West Athlete of the Year Awards, have combined to post six team-leading performances this season, three apiece.

Early forecasts for Friday predict sunny, 73-degree skies in Sacramento, after a somewhat windier Thursday in the area.

A total of 38 schools from around the region — also including the Pac-12, Mountain West, Big Sky, WCC and WAC — are also vying to advance to the National Championships, hosted by Wisconsin on Nov. 17.

The NCAA finals in Madison will feature 31 full teams (18 qualifying automatically — two from each of the nine regions — plus 13 at-large squads), along with 38 individuals per side.

The top four individual finishers not already on a top-two scoring team will automatically advance from every region provided they finished in the top 25 at each respective meet, to be joined by two more final individual entrants selected on an at-large basis by an NCAA subcommittee.

Cal Poly's men were ranked No. 9 in the latest USTFCCCA regional poll, with Portland and Stanford holding down the top two spots. The Mustang women's squad, which received three votes in the most recent national Top 30 poll) is ranked No. 8 regionally, with Oregon and Boise State occupying Nos. 1 and 2 on the way to Sacramento.

Parking will be available on the course for $5 (cash-only) on meet day.

The full national championship fields will be announced on Saturday morning.

The country's eight other regionals Nov. 9 will be contested in Terre Haute, Indiana (Great Lakes Region), University Park, Pennsylvania (Mid-Atlantic Region), Peoria, Illinois (Midwest Region), Provo, Utah (Mountain Region), Buffalo, New York (Northeast Region), Tallahassee, Florida (South Region), Rock Hill, South Carolina (Southeast Region) and College Station, Texas (South Central Region).

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