Runners stride past previous achievements

By Elliot Heis

Before this season started, Cal Poly’s cross country teams were
hopeful of success, and these hopes have come to fruition in
stunning form.

Over the course of the season, the Broncos have climbed the West
Region rankings with the men moving from fifth to third, and the
women coming from unranked to seventh position.

Running distances most people would rather drive, the men’s team
has also stepped into the national spotlight after coming into the
season unranked.

The Broncos now hold 15th place after entering the top 25 at
19th in the second week of the season before holding 18th place for
two weeks. The poll is released by the U.S. Track and Field Cross
Country Coaches Association.

The Broncos took their first meet title in three seasons at the
UCSD Triton Invitational. Cal Poly’s efforts were headed up by
junior Matt Prentice, who finished second as the first Bronco
tailed by senior Jersain Torres and junior Stephen Kent.

Prentice finished the 10,000-meter course in 31:59.6; the
fastest of any Division II runner.

All three runners finished in the meet’s top five, and the
effort gave Prentice the CCAA men’s cross country runner of the
week honors.

Torres has also had the honors this season for the week of Sept.
14-20. Torres was the fastest of any CCAA runner with a time of
24:48.0 for the 8000-meter race.

In the women’s race, the Broncos were led by senior Tiffany
Turner and junior Amber Hebb, who finished seventh and eighth

While many schools feel extra pressure and ultimately
underperform when given national recognition, the Broncos have
taken it in stride and have continued to build on a great

The Broncos will head north Saturday for the CCAA Championships
at Humboldt State, where they will face off against the
conference’s best runners.

Cal Poly will look to improve on the CCAA appearance of last
year, where the men finished third and women finished fourth.

Success at the CCAA Championships for the Broncos will result in
the second NCAA appearance for the women; the only other time was
back in 1985. An appearance by the men would be the first time
since 2006.

Reach Elliot Heis at:

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