Cross country runners compete in conference meet

Andre Newell

After an impressive performance in the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational, the Sacramento State cross country team competed in the Big Sky Conference Championships on Saturday at Cedar Ridge Golf Course in Cedar City, Utah, where two members of the women’s team placed in the top 30.

The Sac State women’s team finished ninth overall and the men’s team finished 10th. Both fields consisted of 12 teams.

The women’s team was led by senior Amanda Garcia. Garcia finished 14th overall with a time of 18:50 in the women’s 5K race. This was also the first time that Garcia has led the Hornet women this season.

Garcia’s performance on Saturday followed her impressive performance in the Santa Clara Bronco Invite where she ran her personal best in the 6K race with a time of 20:48.

Behind Garcia was senior Chloe Berlioux finishing 26th overall with a time of 19:11. This performance followed her stellar performance at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational where she took home the women’s 6K title. This was also the very first time this season that Berlioux has finished outside of the top three overall.

Berlioux and Garcia have led the women’s team in each of the meets this year so far.

It was the Weber State Wildcats taking home the women’s team title however, making it their fourth title in the last five years. The Wildcats were led by Ellie Child, who had a time of 17:55.

The Hornet men were led by sophomore Samuel Scheuer for the first time this year. Scheuer finished 39th overall with a time of 27:13 in the men’s 8K race. Scheuer’s performance in the 8K follows his performance in the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational where he also ran a personal best with a time of 24:40.

On the men’s side, it was Southern Utah taking home the Big Sky Conference team title as they had a total of seven runners finish in the top 13. The Thunderbirds were led by senior Hayden Hawks as he finished first overall with an impressive time of 24:56. Behind Hawks was junior Mike Tate who finished second overall, coming in just five seconds behind Hawks with a time of 25:01.

For the Hornets, they will have the whole week to prepare for their upcoming meet, the Doc Adams Open, which will take place next Saturday, Nov. 7. This could be the final meet for some of the Hornet cross country runners.

Depending on both the men’s and the women’s performance, they could possibly earn the right to compete in the NCAA West Regional Cross Country Championships that will take place on Friday, Nov. 13 in Seattle, Washington.

The Doc Adams Open, which will be hosted by UC Davis, will be located at Putah Creek Reserve in Davis, California at approximately 10 a.m.