CHICO, Calif. - The UC San Diego men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships Saturday, placing third in the men’s 8k race and fourth in the women’s 6k meet at Hooker Oak Park in Chico.
The Chico State men, ranked fifth in the nation, won the event for their 12th consecutive championship while the Wildcat women’s team, ranked seventh, also earned the team win for its sixth straight conference title.
In the men’s race, the Tritons were led by senior Kellen Levy’s time of 25:15.8 to finish 11th. His mark earned an all-conference selection, the first such honor of his career. Levy was followed by fellow senior Matt Lenehan in 12th place, who crossed the finish line with a time of 25:17. Lenehan also received all-conference accolades for his mark, the second of his career.
UCSD also received scoring from sophomore Tareq Alwafai for his mark of 25:48.4 to place 20th, sophomore Scott Acton, who came in 21st with a time of 25:50.3, and junior Tanner Collins after his finish of 25:56.6 in 24th place.
Junior Daniel Hauptman (25th, 25:59.4) and senior Mario Flores (27th, 26:06.6) finished as the two displacement runners for the Tritons.
Chico’s Aaron Thomas won the event with a mark of 24:50.6.
UCSD finished with 82 points and a total time of 2:08:08 in third place. Chico State recorded a perfect score, the first time in conference history, of 15 points for a time of 2:04:15 to win the meet. No. 17 Cal Poly Pomona finished second and totaled 59 points and a total mark of 2:06:29. San Francisco State finished fourth, Humboldt State came in fifth, Cal State Monterey Bay placed sixth, Cal State Stanislaus was seventh and Cal State East Bay rounded out the team finishes in eighth.
In the women’s meet, Paige Hughes was the top finisher for the Tritons in 16th with a time of 22:50.1. The sophomore was followed by classmate Chandler Colquitt in 22nd after she crossed the finish line in 22:56.1. Sophomore Marie Diaz was the final UCSD finisher inside the top 25 after running a time of 22:58.8, good for 25th overall.
The final two scorers for the Tritons were freshman Ella Verhees (23:04) in 27th and freshman Madison Hills (23:27.9) in 38th.
Junior Alia Bales finished with a time of 23:46.1 and junior Madison Tanner came across the line at 24:05.3 as the two displacement runners for UCSD.
Chico’s Ayla Granados won the event with a time of 22:10.9.
UCSD totaled 123 points and a total time of 1:55:16 to place fourth overall. Chico State earned 29 points and a time of 1:52:37 to win the event, while Cal State Stanislaus finished second with 77 points and Cal Poly Pomona earned third place with 118 points. Cal State L.A. (fifth), Humboldt State (sixth), San Francisco State (seventh), Cal State San Bernardino (eighth), Cal State East Bay (ninth), Cal State Monterey Bay (10th) and Sonoma State (11th) rounded out the team finishes.
The Tritons travel to Spokane, Wash., to compete in the NCAA Divison II West Regional Championships on Nov. 9. The top-five team finishers, as well as the top-two finishers from non-advancing teams, qualify for the National Championships on Nov. 23.