After seven years, the streak is finally over.
The Cal Poly men’s cross country team finished fifth at the Big West Conference Championships on Saturday in Riverside, snapping a string of seven straight conference titles for the Mustangs.
Running with a young team, the men finished with 90 points, well behind UC Davis’ winning total of 64.
“I think people have to appreciate, and certainly people understand it in sports, streaks are a very commendable thing,” Cal Poly coach Mark Conover said. “But these things can kind of go in cycles.”
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Lost in the shuffle of the men’s streak ending was a strong finish from the women’s team.
The Mustangs’ women finished second to UC Santa Barbara after being edged 35-37.
Also competing with a relatively young team, Cal Poly saw four of its runners finish in the top 10, led by sophomores Kayleigh Tyerman (fourth place, 20:36.3) and Kelly Barmann (fifth, 20:37.1) on the 6K course.
“They had an excellent showing,” Conover said. “They’re still a young team as well. They took third last year and to miss out on first place by two points, that’s a good experience to take moving forward.”
Also finishing in the top 10, and thus guaranteeing all-conference status, were Jenny Bergren (seventh, 20:46.2), Rebecca Paddack (eighth, 20:51.8).
For the men, the Mustangs’ lone senior, Carl Dargitz, finished fifth in 24 minutes, 28.2 seconds at the UC Riverside Agriculture 8K course.
Cal Poly’s other scorers were all underclassmen, including freshman Chris Frias, who finished in 12th place in 24:42.6. Frias was the first freshman to finish the course.
“It was a fantastic race for Chris,” Conover said. “Our freshmen ran well.”
Hasay wins Pac-10 title
Oregon sophomore and former Mission Prep standout Jordan Hasay won the women’s Pac-10 cross country championship Saturday in Seattle, finishing in 19:44.95.
Hasay and teammate Alex Kosinski ran away from the pack early as Hasay eventually outran Kosinski en route to a nearly five-second victory over Stanford’s Kathy Kroeger. Kosinski finished fourth.
“I didn't really even have to do any work,” Hasay told the Portland Oregonian. “As we started down the long final straightaway, I was just deciding when to kick. It was perfect.”
The Ducks tied for third as a team with Washington. Both teams had 68 points. Stanford won both the men’s and women’s meets.
Women’s VolleyballCal State Fullerton 3, Cal Poly 1
Cal Poly faltered in a critical match against Big West rival Cal State Fullerton 25-20, 23-25, 18-25, 20-25. The win gives Fullerton sole possession of first place in the Big West and hurts the Mustangs’ chance of seeing playoff action.
Before the match, Fullerton (19-5, 8-2) had been in first place by percentage points over second-place Cal Poly (18-7, 8-4). This was only the third time that Fullerton had lost the opening set this year. Until Saturday, they had been winless after that occurrence. Catie Smith led the Mustangs with 16 kills, but hit just .138. Cal Poly was held to just a .149 hitting percentage in the match.Kristina Graven added 14 kills for the Mustangs, while Jennifer Keddy had 12 and Sarah Cawrse had a match-high 48 assists.
Men’s SoccerUC Davis 4, Cal Poly 2
Despite going up 2-1 early in the second half, the Mustangs (6-6-3. 3-3-2) fell to the Aggies for the second time in a week (6-11-0, 4-5-0) as UC Davis scored three unanswered goals to finish the match.
UC Davis scored first in the 31st minute off of a header from Ethan Shawlee on a corner kick.
Cal Poly was able to respond in the 47th minute on an unassisted goal by Chris Gaschen, the man who struck home the winning goal against UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday.
Coming out of the half at 1-1, the Mustangs drew first blood after the break in the 57th minute on a strike by David Zamora for his third goal of the year. This put him just two behind Clay Harris’ program record of 26. The Mustangs would only hold onto the lead for eleven minutes.
The Aggies’ Lance Patterson scored in the 68th minute to tie the score. A mere 74 seconds later, UC Davis took the lead on a shot by John Joslin that glanced off a Cal Poly defender into the net. The final goal came from Aggie sophomore Dan Reese in the 87th minute.
Goalkeeper Patrick McLain had four saves for Cal Poly.
The Mustangs have now slipped into fifth in the Big West Conference while the Aggies have jumped into a tie for third. Only the top four programs qualify for the Big West Tournament starting on Nov. 10.
The Mustangs final home match of the season will be against the team tied for third place, Cal State Fullerton, on Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. They finish the regular season at Cal State Northridge on Nov. 6.