By Kimberly Haddad
The Cal Poly Cross Country teams both finished fifth at the NCAA
West Regional Saturday in San Francisco. The Broncos competed at
Speedway Meadows in Golden Gate Park.
Leading the men’s team once again, senior Jersain Torres, was
the top male runner with a 13th place finish. He competed in the
10,000 meter race finishing at 31 minutes, 48.8 seconds and earned
himself All-West Region honors.
“Since September, our practice and meet-day efforts have been
geared toward Saturday’s race,” said assistant coach Tony Reyes.
“Both of our teams have put in the time and the effort with
Junior Matt Prentice earned second in 16th place with 31
minutes, 53.1 seconds, while senior Mariano Baez placed 22nd with
32 minutes, 23.1 seconds.
The women’s team concluded the race with 197 points as senior
Tiffany Turner lead the Bronco’s to complete the 6,000-meter layout
in 21minutes, 53.8 seconds. Turner gives a great deal of
recognition to coach Reyes.
“He knows what it takes to be the best,” Turner said. “His
experience running at an elite level helps. When I run his
workouts, they’re designed to be intense. If I can get through one
of his workouts, I can certainly get through a race.”
Juniors Amber Hebb and Elizabeth Soria ensued Turner as Hebb
earned 30th at 22 minutes, 34.2 seconds while Soria finished 35th
at 22 minutes, 51.0 seconds.
Other runners included junior Sarah Garcia placing 55th,
freshman Tiffany Dinh, 58th, senior Denise Salceda, 102nd and
freshman Lauren Parr, 122nd.
This competition was the last for Turner as she is graduating
“I think we really stepped it up because we were seventh going
in, and we ended up fifth, so it was a huge achievement,” Turner
said. “Personally it was unfortunate because it was my last race
as a Bronco and one of the best times I’ve ever had.”
Overall, the men and women’s cross country teams have improved a
great deal in their previous races and have put in a successful
year for Cal Poly’s cross country teams.
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Courtesy of Ileana Tejada
Broncos round top five in NCAA West Regionals
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