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College Roundup: Cal Poly runners struggle at NCAA cross country meet

Cal Poly’s Chris Frias finished in 119th, and Laura Hollander finished in 75th at the NCAA cross country championships at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday morning.

The trip marked Frias’ fourth time running the hallowed 10K course, but his first time running it as the only Cal Poly individual there. The senior finished the course in 31 minutes, 26.9 seconds. His participation marked the 14th time a Cal Poly men’s cross country team has been represented in some capacity at the NCAA Championships.

Hollander, a sophomore and two-time Big West Conference champion, finished 75th, completing the 6K course in 21:07.9 in only her fourth race of the year because of injuries. Hollander finished in ninth place last year when the meet was held in Louisville, Ky. 

Oregon’s Edward Cheserek and Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino overcame wind chills in the teens and a muddy course to win the individual titles.

The No. 3 Colorado men and top-ranked Providence women won the team titles.

Oregon’s first freshman NCAA cross-country champion, Cheserek surged past defending champion Kennedy Kithuka of Texas Tech to win the men’s race by 18 seconds in 29:41.1.

D’Agostino won the fifth NCAA title of her distance-running career but first in cross country, catching Kate Avery of Iona and 

Emma Bates of Boise State with less than 1.2 miles left.


Lassen 85, Cuesta 77

The Cougars had a double-double from Kyle Geer with 18 points and 13 rebounds in the semifinals of the El Camino Tournament in Torrance.

Cuesta’s Alex Igual had 18 points and nine rebounds. The Cougars (3-3) had a 42-34 rebounding edge over Lassen (4-1), but Lassen had 42 points from its bench to 19 for Cuesta.

Cuesta trailed 37-28 at halftime, which forced it into “a gambling-style defense,” head coach Rusty Blair said. 

The game was tied four times, but Cuesta came up short.


St. Mary’s 77, Cal Poly 69

The Mustangs blew a 12-point halftime lead as the Gaels came back to win behind Danielle Mauldin.

Mauldin had 22 points and 22 rebounds for St. Mary’s (5-0). The Gaels had a 53-37 rebounding 

advantage. Kate Gaze had 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Ariana Elegado led Cal Poly (2-4) with 14 points and had seven assists, but was 0 for 5 on 3-point attempts. Molly Schlemer and Beth Balbierz both had nine points and eight rebounds for the Mustangs.

Cal Poly led 36-24 at halftime and outshot the Gaels 40.3 percent to 36.7. St. Mary’s had 42 free-throw attempts in the game, including 10 attempts in the last 36 seconds. The Gaels were 30 of 42 from the free-throw line while the Mustangs were 9 of 16.

Cuesta 71, Las Positas 32

Miriam Zabinsky had 20 points and seven rebounds to lead the Cougars to the Las Positas Tournament title and was named tournament MVP.

Courtney Chadwick, Melissa Lemus and Jerrica Crosby were named to the all-tournament team for Cuesta (5-0).

Chadwick had 16 points and three steals, and Lemus had six steals, five points and three assists. Crosby had two points, two rebounds and two steals. The Cougars had 20 steals.

Ashley Gamber had seven points for Cuesta, which outscored Las Positas 38-11 in the second half. 


Menlo 25, Cuesta 16

Michael Clemmensen won by a 13-4 major decision at the 133-pound class to improve to 24-2, but the Cougars fell in their final dual meet of the season.

Jacob Purdy (141) won by a 10-4 decision, and Jovan Villalobos (174) won by a 4-3 decision for Cuesta (10-3). Jonny Callas (149) won by a forfeit.

Cuesta next wrestles in the CCCAA Regional Wrestling Championships in East Los Angeles on Dec. 7.


Arena Invitational

Caleb Davies finished second in the 100-yard freestyle in 45.07 seconds to lead the Mustangs men’s team to a fourth-place finish at Monterey Park.

The men’s team had 1,084 points, and Hawaii won with 1,649.

Sonny Fierro was third in the men’s 1,650 freestyle in 15:31.16, and teammate Dustin Bolt was sixth in 15:49.93. Paolo Stanchi was fourth in the 200 breastsroke in 2:02.75 and ninth in the 200 backstroke in 1:49.16. The men’s 400 freestlye relay team was second in 3:02.39.

Rachel Cleak was sixth place in the women’s 

200 butterfly (2:04.47), and Gabby Lindblad was seventh in the 200 breaststroke (2:20.57). The Cal Poly women’s team came in fifth place with 585.5 points. San Diego State won with 1,196.5.