The Cuesta College men’s cross country team finished in second place, one point behind winner Canyons, at the Western State Conference championships in Ventura on Friday.
Cuesta’s Connor Fisher won the 4-mile individual championships in 21 minutes, 2 seconds.
The Cougars’ 42 points is the lowest team score in school history at the conference meet, and Fisher is the first individual champion in at least 10 years, Cuesta head coach Brian Locher said.
Cuesta also had Alex Hascall finish sixth at 22:21, Roberto Pazan was seventh at 22:26, and Nicholas Landy was 11th at 22:47 and the team qualified for the Nov. 7 SoCal finals.
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Fisher, Hascall, Pazan, and Landy were first team all-conference honorees, and Lawrence Stokes and Christopher Conrad were second team honorees. The top 14 individual finishers in each race earned first team all-conference honors.
The Cuesta women finished eighth on the 5K course as Josselyn Beutler finished 47th at 24:01 and Nicole Peterson finished 48th at 24:05. Both qualify for the SoCal Finals.
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Cuesta at the truWest Battle at the Beach
The Cougars dropped the opening two games of the tournament in Long Beach.
In a 10-9 loss to Long Beach, Rachel Gruetzmacher and Emily Crane scored three goals apiece.
In a 15-7 loss to Grossmont, Marti-Rae Grois made 12 saves. Shanae Lauridsen and Gruetzmacher scored twice each.
Cuesta is 18-6. The tournament continues today.