Cuesta College’s Devon Kelsey won the women’s 5K race Friday to pace the Cougars in their own invitational at the Fairbanks Cross Country Course.
Kesley, an Atascadero High graduate, won the women’s race in 19 minutes, 38 seconds, easily outdistancing the runner-up, Gabriela Zamora of the College of the Sequoias. Zamora finished in 20:12.
Hartnell won the women’s team title with 37 points to 43 for runner-up Cuesta. College of the Canyons was a distant third with 86.
Nikita Kinsell (seventh, 21:25) and Lizzie Uscanga (eighth, 21:35) also placed in the top 10 for the Cougars.
In the men’s four-mile race, Cristian Soratos of Hartnell was the individual winner in 21:07, 32 seconds ahead of runner-up Alex Ruther from College of the Canyons.
L.A. Valley won the men’s team title with 51 points to 71 for runner-up Saddleback, 85 for third-place Hartnell and 95 for fourth-place Cuesta.
Cuesta was led by Templeton High grad Paul Denlinger, who was seventh in 22:15. Teammate Tyler Gates was 10th in 22:30.
“I thought the women ran extremely well,” Cuesta head coach Brian Locher said. “I was very pleased with them, they ran a great race.
“The guys were a little conservative at the start and moved through nicely but they looked a little tired. We don’t have a full squad of men or women yet. We have a lot of room for improvement. We have some people who are injured and still sitting out that all figure into our top five for both men and women.”
Cal Poly 4, Nevada 1
Scoring two goals within a span of two minutes, Cal Poly rode a three-goal, second-half rally to defeat Nevada in the first game in a six-game homestand.
With the Mustangs ahead 2-1, freshman Sara Lancaster scored off an assist from Jenny Haggarty in the 85th minute, while Tiffany Gummow knocked in her fourth goal of the season, in the 86th.
The Mustangs (6-3-0) got their third second half-goal from junior Shandon Rovetta, who scored in the 47th minute off an assist from junior Julie McKee.
In the first half, Cal Poly’s Cristina Farrington scored her third goal of the season, knocking in a shot from about 20 yards out off an assist from Kacey Held in the 40th minute.
Nevada (1-7-0) scored its only goal of the contest just three minutes later, when Madison Lorenzen knocked in a shot off a corner kick in the 43rd minute.
Cal Poly 2, Syracuse 1
Kyle Montgomery and Mac Pridham each tallied a goal, and Patrick McLain had four saves for Cal Poly in the opening match of the Akron Tournament.
The Mustangs (3-1-2) got on the scoreboard when Montgomery’s shot from the top of the box bounced off the post into the goal in the 14th minute. Syracuse (2-3-0) immediately answered Pridham’s goal from straight on from seven yards out with its only goal two minutes later when Nick Roydhouse scored on his own rebound.
The Mustangs play against the tournament hosts and defending NCAA champion Akron on Sunday.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Merced 6, Cuesta 3; Cuesta 6, Diablo Valley 4
Cuesta trailed Merced by one goal at the half in its first game at the Nyquist Tournament in Saratoga but was outscored 4-2 in the third and couldn’t recover.
Haylie Fry, Erin Hasenkamp and Julia Taparian each scored a goal, while Loren Kasenberg had five saves.
The Cougars (4-2) salvaged a win in their second game after a five-goal, second-half rally erased a two-goal halftime deficit. Kasenberg turned away 12 shots, and Bailey Kelley and Carly Glogovac scored two goals each. Alex O’Connor and Ally Bernard also had a goal apiece.
Cuesta plays today at 8:40 a.m. against San Mateo and again at 12:10 p.m. against Modesto.