FULLERTON, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton men's and women's cross country host the Titan Invitational on Friday evening in what is the team's final competition before the Big West Cross Country Championships on Oct. 28. The women's 5,000-meter race begins at 5 p.m. PT and then the men's 8K is set to start at 5:35 p.m. The race will take place throughout the Cal State Fullerton campus and you can view the course map here.
The Titans will compete against Cal Coast Track Club, East Los Angeles Community College, La Sierra University, Loyola Marymount, Marymount (Ca.), Orange Coast College, Riverside Community College, San Diego Christian, Santa Ana College, UC Santa Barbara and Vanguard.
The women's squad earned a second-place finish among Division I teams in the season-opening race at the Mark Covert Classic (Sep. 2) and then finished in eighth place at a very competitive UC Riverside Invitational (Sep. 16). The Titans earned a ninth-place finish at the Capital Cross Challenge (Sep. 30). At the UCR Highlander Invitational (Oct. 14), the women's team posted a runner-up finish. Freshman Wendi Leos and sophomore Sam Huerta have been the top two finishers for the Titans in each competition thus far.
The men's team has looked very strong to start off the 2017 season, earning a first-place finish at the Mark Covert Classic and then taking third place among 13 DI teams at the UC Riverside Invitational. The Titans then earned a fourth-place finish at the Capital Cross Challenge. CSF then won the men's 6,000-meter race at the UCR Highlander Invitational. The men's team has shown its depth throughout the season, as three different student-athletes have been the first Titan to cross the finish line.
Both teams were ranked No. 15 in the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) preseason regional rankings. In the October 16 week five regional rankings, the men's squad is still No. 15 in the west region while the women's team is back in the rankings at No. 15 as well.
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