FULLERTON, Calif. – It was a historic day for the Cal State Fullerton cross country program as the women's team earned a runner-up finish at the Big West Cross Country Championships while the men's team finished in third place. Samantha Huerta took second place individually to lead the women's squad to the best finish in program history at the conference championships. For the men, Samuel Pimentel led the team to a third-place finish for the third straight year, marking the program's best three-year run since 1991-93 (3rd, T3rd, 2nd).
Cal Poly won the women's race with 33 points, narrowly edging the Titans who tallied 39 points and had four Titans finish in the top nine. UC Davis was third with 74 points and UC Santa Barbara had 82 points in fourth place.
On the men's side, Cal Poly won with 32 points, UCSB had 69 in second place and Fullerton totaled 104 in third place.
Huerta's 6K time of 21:26.5 was good for second place overall which is tied for the best individual performance at the conference championships in program history. Heather Killeen earned a runner-up finish as well in 1992. Trinity Ruelas finished in sixth place at 21:50.4, Lucina Vincent was eighth with a time of 21:59.4 and Sandra Flores took ninth at 22:03.3. Each of those four runners earned all-conference accolades for finishing in the top-10. Rounding out the Titan scorers was Gabrielle De La Rosa in 14th place with a time of 22:23.5.
On the men's side, Pimentel led the way in 12th place for CSF with an 8K time of 25:02.2 and shortly behind him was Jorge Sanchez with a time of 25:06.5 to take 14th place. Anthony Alfaro's time of 25:27.3 was good for 21st place while Erick Juarez (25:55.9) took 31st place and Uriel Medina (25:57.9) took 32nd as the final Titan scorer.
Next up is the NCAA West Regionals on Nov. 9 at Haggin Oaks Golf Course in Sacramento.
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