Big West Conference Championships
Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Oct. 27, 2018
Men's 8K: 8:45am | Women's 6K: 9:30am
DAVIS, Calif. — UC Davis men's and women's cross country heads to Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea, Calif. for the first Big West Conference Championship of the 2018-19 Big West season on Saturday, Oct. 27. The men's 8K race will begin at 8:45am, with the women to follow in the 6K at 9:30am.
This year's Conference Championship meet is hosted by Cal State Fullerton — on the same course as the Mark Covert Invite from earlier this season (Sept. 1) — marking the 50th men's and 35th women's race in Big West history. In this meet, the roster will be capped at nine runners per school, where five student-athletes from each school count toward scoring. The next two individuals among teams' nine entrants displace opposing finishers in scoring.
Last year's Championships saw the UC Davis men finishing in fourth place, and the women in fifth place. The men were led by two top-ten finishes, including an individual title from Thomas Madden — the first since Jon Peterson in 2010, and the second in program history. Then-junior Jordy Ceja placed eighth, and looks to better his performance this year. Earning just the fifth men's Big West Athlete of the Week award in UC Davis history, Ceja will be competing with other 2018 award-winners Michael Merchan (CSUN), Nick Randazzo (UCSB), and Justin Robison (Cal Poly), along with Peter Cotsirilos (Cal Poly), Mikey Giguere (Cal Poly), Yousef Baddour (UCSB), and Hector Garcia (UCI), who all return from top-ten finishes last year.
In the women's race, the Aggies will be competing with regionally-ranked Cal Poly (No. 8) and Cal State Fullerton (No. 13) for their third-ever Big West title. Athlete of the Week honoree Eva Goodisson and Sarah Anderson will look to pace the women's team in a highly-contested field, featuring Miranda Daschian (Cal Poly), Katie Camarena (UCSB), and Samantha Huerta (CSF), who have also earned Athlete of the Week distinctions this season. Anderson was the first UC Davis finisher at last year's Championships, crossing in fifth place.
"We had great travel down here last night and we've already got the pre-meet done," said head coach Emma Petersen. "Our team is ready to go tomorrow and we're just going to go out there and give 100% and see what happens. The men will still be short handed tomorrow but some of our younger runners are ready to step up. The women are excited to race as a team and if they execute that well they will have a great day."
UC Davis Athletes Competing:
Men: Xolan Brown, Jordy Ceja, Ryman Crone, Fenn Hoppe, Zachary Katzman, Wade Kiesow, Derek Lin, Bradley Needles, Michael Wheeler
Women: Haley Adel, Sarah Anderson, Marin Chamberlin, Eva Goodisson, Tatjana Kunz, Julia Lemak, Lara Vetter, Mandy Wainfan, Anaya Ward
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