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Weekend Recap

Big West Preview

Many of the Big West schools and local schools previewed the Big West Championship course on Friday at Blacklake Golf Course in Nipomo, Ca. Cal Poly Slo hosted the meet on the golf course with a 5K for the women and 6K for the men.

In the women's race, Jessica Kain of San Diego State took a big lead that she held until the 4K mark. At the 4K mark, UC Riverside's Linda Perez and Collette Lowengrub shared the lead. Perez won the race in 17:35.5 with Lowengrub finishing second followed by Kain, Hana Catsimanes of Cal Poly and Tatiana Cornejo of Cal Poly. Ten teams competed with host Cal Poly winning with a score of 39 points.

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William Fallini-Haas of Cal Poly took the lead early and built a ten second cushion with 1K to go. Teammate Spencer Pickren furiously closed the gap in the last K to edge Fallini-Haas at the line with a winning time of 18:01.7. Cal Poly freshman Chris Caudillo ran unattached and finished third with Austin Vasquez of UC Davis and Ethan Godsey of Santa Barbara filling out the top five. Nine teams scored as host Cal Poly followed the women with a win and a team score of 33.

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UCSB XC Invitational

Rio Mesa hosted the UCSB XC Invitational at the lagoon on campus. The meet has a rich tradition dating back to 1976 and Rio Mesa coach Garrett Reynolds still holds the course record from 2014 when he ran for Ventura.

In the girl's championship race, Aelo Curtis of Ventura took the lead at the gun and never looked back. The sophomore completed the 3-mile course in a time of 18:14.6. Cynthia Herrera of Canyon took second with a time of 18:37.6. Freshman Elle Kirman of Harvard-Westlake finished third and Joyce Li of St. Margaret's and Violet Hurguy of Ventura completed the top five. Ventura girls scored 19 points to take the team title.

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Trey Caldwell of De La Salle finished second last year at this meet and this year ran away from the field to win in 15:06.0. Everett Capelle of St. Margaret's finished second at 15:16.6, with Erick Leal of Canyon (Canyon Country), Logan Torres of Buena, and JR Lesher of Hueneme finishing in the top five. Ventura boys showed their depth and won the team title with 59 points.

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Cool Breeze Invitational

Claremont High School hosted the popular Cool Breeze Invitational at the Pomona Fairgrounds with the varsity races under the lights.

The girls Sundown Showdown saw Rylee Blade of Santiago/Corona take a huge lead from the start. Blade is coming off the 3200-meter state championship and was one of a handful of distance runners selected as a Nike Elite athlete. At the halfway point Blade had built a 20-second lead and then continued to widen the gap with a 16:30.0 victory on the three mile course. Blade won by 54 seconds! Summer Wilson of JSerra, Phoebe Benun of Santa Monica, Cameron Macias of Clovis West and Kaylah Tasser of JSerra finished in the top five. JSerra put five athletes in the top 17 to dominate the 24 team field with a score of 43 points.

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At the halfway point of the boy's Sundown Showdown race, a pack of ten boys were with a seconds of each other. Gradually, NXN qualifier Emmanuel Perez of Cathedral took over the race to win in 14:23.5. Perez ran an impressive second half as he won by 30-seconds. Maximo Zavaleta of ML King, Emmanuel Hernandez of Cathedral, Westin Brown of Great Oak and Adrian Welton of Westview (SD) finished in the top five. The battle for the team championship was fairly close with Great Oak winning with 118 points, Newbury Park second with 139 and Torrey Pines third with 141 points.

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We are headed up to Tacoma next weekend for the Bellarmine Prep Invitational. West Coast is the best coast!

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