Returning All-American Laura Hollander broke the course record and led the Cal Poly women’s cross country team to a 27-28 season-opening win against UC Santa Barbara at the Gauchos’ Lagoon Open on Saturday.
The Cal Poly men’s cross country team ran past UCSB 26-29, completing the Mustangs’ sweep.
Hollander won the women’s 5K race, setting a course record of 16 minutes, 36 seconds, and beating second-place finisher Dani Moreno of UC Santa Barbara by more than 50 seconds.
The next Mustang to cross the finish line was Rachel Bush, who came in at 18:10.
Chris Frias finished first for Cal Poly in the men’s 8K race, coming in four seconds behind race winner Anthony Ortolan and running the course in 24:21.90.
Mustang Sean Davidson followed Frias with a time of 24:54.70 for third place, Mitch Moriarty was fifth in 25:19.90, and Nick Woolf was eighth in 25:39.40.
Cal Poly splits
The Mustangs (1-2) beat Baylor 3-2 and then fell to Colorado 3-0 during the Northern Colorado/Colorado State Tournament.
Led by sophomore Hannah Schleis’ career-high 20 kills, the Mustangs started the day with a come-from behind-win against Baylor, 25-20, 22-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-13.
Seniors Megan McConnell and Chelsea Hardin both had 15 kills, and McConnell added 12 digs.
Later in the day, Cal Poly fell to the Rams, 25-19, 25-22, 25-16.
McConnell led the Mustangs with 12 kills. Kelsey Snider (13 kills) and Adrianna Culbert (11 kills) pace Colorado State.