09 Dec 2021 | 04:46 | Cross Country
NORTHRIDGE, Calif.—The CSUN Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams head to the Big West Championship Friday. The meet will be hosted by UC Davis on the Wildhorse Golf Course in Davis.
The men’s 8000m race is set for 9 a.m. with the women’s 6000m race is scheduled for a 10 a.m. start time. A link to the live stats will be available on GoMatadors.com. A wrap-up show will be streamed on ESPN+ beginning on Friday Nov. 5 at noon PT.
On the men’s side, Cal Poly has won the last four titles, and 14 of the last 17. Individually, Cal Poly’s Jake Ritter will aim for an unprecedented three-peat, as he previously won in 2018 and 2019. In the women’s race, Cal State Fullerton will aim to defend their 2019 title. The Titans bring back Trinity Ruelas who finished third and is the top returning finisher from 2019.
The Matadors concluded the regular season Oct. 16 at the UC Riverside Highlanders Invitational. Freshman Quinn Garity was the top finishing Matador in the men’s race . Garity recorded a time of 24:40.4 which was 25th overall with Garity being awarded 22nd-place points. His time is the fourth fastest by a CSUN runner at the Division I level dating back to the 2000 season on an 8k course. An unattached runner, Ayrton Ledesma was the overall winner (23:53.3) in a field of 290.
Two other Matadors reached the CSUN top-10 as Noah Contreras ran a time of 24:45.3 (fifth in school history, 30th overall). Daniel Rodriguez went 24:45.7 (sixth quickest in school history, 31st overall). All three runners topped the previous best time by a CSUN runner on the UCR Ag Ops Course that was set by Geoffry Sarco (25:32) in 2014. In a field of 26 teams, CSUN finished 11th (322). California Baptist (75) was the team winner.
Freshman Elin Markarian was the top finishing CSUN runner during the women’s race at UCR. She was awarded 112th place points as she ran 23:46.7. Markarian was 148th overall. 262 runners took time during the meet. An unattached runner, Jennifer Sandoval was the overall winner (19:58.8). As a team, the Matadors finished 23rd (651). Cal State Fullerton (35) won the team event.