The Cal Poly men’s and women’s cross country teams both finished with top-five team finishes at the Santa Clara Invitational on Saturday, with the Mustang men finishing second and the women placing fifth.
Daniel Gonia paced the men with a second-place finish in the 8K race, ending with a time of 23 minutes, 48.6 seconds. Teammate David Cardona finished fourth (23.53.4). Blake Ahrold (15th place, 24:18.4), Michael Johnson (27th, 24:32.3) and Sean Davidson (37th, 24:39.9) rounded out the scoring for Cal Poly. Chad Hall of UC Riverside finished in first (23:48).
The Mustangs finished with 77 points as a team, 39 points behind first-place Stanford, which finished with 38.
On the women’s side, Leanne Fogg (17:18) and Meghan Breadmore (17:18.4) finished back-to-back at fifth and sixth place, respectively, over the 5K course.
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Aeron Cadieux (17:53.1) finished 32nd, Cortney Kostrikin (18:01.2) finished 46th and Ashley Bergstrom (18:13.7) finished 60th for Cal Poly. Hannah Kiser of Idaho was the individual winner in 16:55.3.
Long Beach State took the team title with 94 points. Portland finished second (100), Idaho State finished third (116), Idaho finished fourth (126) and the Mustangs were fifth with 133 team points.
In the women’s open race, Cuesta College’s Devon Kelsey, an Atascadero High graduate, finished first in 18:10.8, leading the Cougars to an eighth-place finish with 218 points. Teammate Kasey Urman (19:17.5) finished 33rd.
On the men’s side, Templeton graduate Paul Denlinger finished sixth with a time of 25:21.8 for Cuesta. The Cougars placed seventh as a team with 190 points.
Hasay makes season debut
Mission Prep graduate and University of Oregon star Jordan Hasay finished second in her cross country season debut at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Friday, running the 6K Thomas Zipper championship course in 20:01.9.
Hasay, who finished third in the NCAA Championships last year, finished less than a second behind reigning NCAA champion Sheila Reid of Villanova, who set a course record with her first-place time of 19:59.4.