Garcia posted an impressive outing at the Big West Championships in Riverside, Calif., as the only rookie to crack the top-20 individual standings, tallying a 20th place finish with an 8K time of 24:48.0 at the Ag/Ops Course.
The El Monte, Calif., native has progressively improved his 8K time over the season, shaving over two minutes from his first race at the Mustang Challenge (26:49.2) to the conference meet (24:48.0). Garcia also holds the second fastest time for a Titan at the only 6K event of the season, carding an 11th place overall finish at the Highlander Invitational in 18:20.3.
Garcia crossed the line second among CSF runners in both the Highlander Invitational and Big West Championships.
The Titans will return to the course at the NCAA West Regional Championships to be held in Stanford, Calif., and hosted by Stanford on Friday, Nov. 14, at the Stanford Golf Course.
2014 Big West Cross Country Awards
Men's Athlete of the Year: Bryan Guijarro, UC Santa Barbara
Men's Freshman of the Year: Sam Garcia, Cal State Fullerton
Men's Coach of the Year: Pete Dolan, UC Santa Barbara
Women's Athlete of the Year: Raquel Hefflin, UC Riverside
Women's Freshman of the Year: Faith Makau, UC Riverside
Women's Coach of the Year: Devin Elizondo, UC Davis