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DUNCAN, POLIVKA LEAD CROSS COUNTRY IN SEASON OPENING MEET

DUNCAN, POLIVKA LEAD CROSS COUNTRY IN SEASON OPENING MEET

FULLERTON, Calif. — The Sacramento State cross country teams began their 2021 season at the Mark Covert Classic on Saturday morning. The Hornet women finished fourth in the women's 5K race while the men were eighth in the 8K race.

Cagnei Duncan had the best finish for the women as she placed fourth overall. Duncan ran 18:17.3 to have the third best result among collegiate competitors. She was 37.8 seconds behind Cal State Fullerton's Trinity Ruelas who won the race in 17:39.5.

Rachel Victor had the second best finish on the team, placing 15th with a time of 18:39.9. She was followed on the team by Danielle Gee (25th, 19:07.6), Tia Oliver (34th, 19:19.9) and Hailey Rutter (43rd, 19:44.1)

Jacob Polivka led a trio of Hornets who all finished within 14 seconds of one another in the men's race. The freshman ran 26:19.3 and finished 39th overall. One spot back of Polivka was Shane Marshall who crossed in 26:20.5. The team's remaining scores came from Ruben Garcia (48th, 26:33.1), Jake Slade (65th, 26:56.5) and Santiago Ruiz (70th, 27:02.7).

Host Cal State Fullerton claimed the team titles in both races. The Titan men finished with 58 points to easily distance themselves from second-place Pepperdine (81). The Master's took third with 94 points while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (95) and Loyola Marymount (127) rounded out the top five.

In the women's race, CSF had 36 points to finished 20 points ahead of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. USC edged the Hornets for third place as the Women of Troy scored 106 and Sacramento State finished with 110.

The Hornets will next compete at the Sacramento State XC Invite on Friday, Oct. 1. The meet will be held at Johnson-Springview Park in Rocklin, Calif.

MARK COVERT CLASSIC
Fullerton, Calif.

WOMEN'S TEAM RESULTS
1. Cal State Fullerton - 36
2. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps - 56
3. USC - 106
4. Sacramento State - 110
5. The Master's. - 138
6. Cal State San Marcos - 172
7. Concordia - 206
8. Cal Coast Track Club - 216
9. San Diego - 224
10. Pepperdine - 231
11. Sonoma State - 352
12. Glendale - 358
13. Mt. SAC - 366

INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE FINISHERS
1. Trinity Ruelas, CSF, 17:39.5
2. McKaylie Caesar, CSF, 18:12.8
3. Maggie Shearer, Cal Coast TC, 18:16.0
4. Cagnei Duncan, SAC, 18:17.3
5. Emily Clarke, CMS, 18:19.9

SACRAMENTO STATE FINISHERS
4. Cagnei Duncan - 18:17.3
15. Rachel Victor - 18:39.9
25. Danielle Gee - 19:07.6
34. Tia Oliver - 19:19.9
43. Hailey Rutter - 19:44.1
44. Katrina Kohlmeyer - 19:45.2
49. Viviana Valenton - 19:52.9
89. Sarah Collier - 20:57.8

MEN'S TEAM RESULTS
1. Cal State Fullerton - 58
2. Pepperdine - 81
3. The Master's - 94
4. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps - 95
5. Loyola Marymount - 127
6. Cal State San Marcos - 154
7. Mt. SAC - 208
8. Sacramento State - 243
9. Concordia - 243
10. San Diego - 262

INDIVIDUAL TOP FIVE
1. Karl Winter, PEP, 24:49. I
2. Sam Ayala, CSF, 24:52.0
3. Alexis Garcia, CSF, 24:54.4
4. Miguel Barrera-Lopez, LMU, 24:58.0
5. Kyle McCabe, PEP, 24:59.1.

SACRAMENTO STATE FINISHERS
39. Jacob Polivka 26:19.3
40. Shane Marshall 26:20.5
48. Ruben Garcia 26:33.1
65. Jake Slade 26:56.5
71. Santiago Ruiz 27:02.7
99. Aiden Maddison 27:45.7
113. Hunter Phillips 28:32.6
124. Kelly Galicia-Thomas 29:14.9