Nov 15, 2013 7:42 PM by Bill Halter
The Cal Poly men's and women's cross country teams both earned top 10 finishes at the NCAA West Regional in Sacramento. The Mustang men were 7th and the women 8th.
In the men's 10K race, Cal Poly senior Chris Frias finished ninth with a time of 29:55. Frias is a two-time Big West Conference champion, he paced to men to a seventh-place team finish with a score of 191. Stanford won at 53.
Cal Poly sophomore Laura Hollander came in seventh place in the women's 6K race, finishing in 19:37. It was the third race of the year for the reigning All-American. Hollander led the Mustangs to an eighth-place team finish, scoring a 259. Arizona won at 84. Hollander is also a two-time Big West champion.
The top two teams advance to the NCAA Championships, which feature 31 teams overall. Of the 31 bids, 18 are automatically earned through the regional process, while 13 are filled on an at-large basis.
After the team field has been settled, 38 additional individuals on both the women's and men's sides are selected to move on.
From the teams not selected in the aforementioned process, the top four finishers at each regional are automatically selected (but they must have finished within the top 25 of the region). Additionally, two more at-large runners will be chosen from the remainder of the national pool (they also must have finished in the regional top 25).
Both the Cal Poly women and men won Big West team championships earlier this month.
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