ANGWIN, Calif.-This year's men's and women's cross country teams sports a promising field of runners. PUC's cross country athletes have been training through the summer in preparation for the 2017/18 season.
The Women's team looks to improve on a steady showing in last year's Cal Pac Championship. Coach Dan Muhic expects the team to hold their 5th place positioning from last season and to increase the team's cumulative 5k average. Senior Dirce Tatiana Pliego (SR/Pasadena, CA) has emerged as a leader for the women's team; Coach Muhic described her as a "strong runner who has been training hard this summer and looks to lower her 5k times this season". Also key to this season's efforts will be Kiren Moore (SR/Mariposa, CA), Prindid Montoya (JR/Newbury, CA), Fatima Sosa (JR/Angwin, CA), Erika Thalman (SR/Jamestown, CA ), and Madeline Chung (SO/Redlands, CA).
Men's cross country looks towards new arrivals and established runners as key to the season's success. Returning lead runner Eric Daniels (SO/Placerville, CA) looks to continue his strong performances and drop into a 30 minute 8k time. Other returning athletes Micah Spegman (SR/Tucson, AZ) and Dalton Williams (SO/Calistoga, CA) will also seek to improve their running times. New runners Stefaan Dick, Andrew Price, and Espen Scarbrough will look to make an immediate impact on the team. Coach Muhic is eyeing the 6th spot in the Cal Pac Championships, and hopes the mix of returning and new runners will help increase the Pioneer's Cal Pac standing.
The Men's and Women's cross country teams will begin their condensed season on Sunday, September 24th at 5pm, as the Pioneers host teams from Simpson, La Sierra, Dominican, and Providence Christian for the PUC Pioneer Cross Country Invitational. On October 6th, the Pioneers travel to San Francisco to participate in the SF State Gator Invitational before travelling south on the 13th to participate in the La Sierra Invitational in Riverside, CA. Pioneers cross country will end the season with the Cal Pac Championships in Fresno, CA on October 30th.
Coach Muhic is excited to work with PUC cross country for the fall season, and looks to continue to build speed and strength in training. He is confident this year's team has the formula for success: "The teams have great will and determination to succeed, as well as a fun spirit and team dynamic."