‘Jacks Cross Country Battles Elements in West Regional
The Cal Poly Humboldt cross country team traveled to Billings, Montana to compete in Saturday’s NCAA Division 2 West Regional Cross Country meeting. The Lumberjacks faced brutal conditions with snow on the ground and temperatures in the 20’s but put on a solid team performance.
In the men’s, graduate student Nick Brichta again led the way for Humboldt as he finished 25th in the 10K race with a time of 30:54.87. Not far behind was Ricardo Torres, who finished 36th with a time of 31:28.66. As a team, the men’s team finished 12th out of 25 teams that day.
In the women’s, the ‘Jacks were a bit more disappointing. Rosa Granados was still the team’s top performer, but she seemed to be struggling a little with the extreme elements as she finished 47th with a time of 22:23.75. That period was hardly indicative of the kind of strong runner Granados had been all season; at last week’s conference championships, she ran almost 45 seconds faster with a time of 21:39.7. Just behind Granados in 47th place was teammate Reese Sion. The newcomer ran a time of 22:26.21. As a unit, the women’s team finished 15th out of a total of 25 places.
Given the standings, this will likely be the last meeting of the season for the Lumberjacks. Losing their top two runners in undergraduates Brichta and Granados will leave a void as the squad aims to improve next season.
Redwoods basketball loses first game of the season
The Corsairs men’s basketball team’s unbeaten run was bound to end at some point, but Friday’s loss to Los Medanos still comes as quite a shock to a team that performed so well earlier in the season. The hot start for the Redwoods looked to be continuing in top form as the 7-0 Corsairs took on the 2-2 Mustangs. Instead, the team lost decisively against Los Medanos with 83:68.
Los Medanos is certainly a quality program, having posted a 24-6 record last year. But they stumbled out of the gate a bit, losing two of their first three games. The Mustangs didn’t care, giving the Corsairs their first loss of the season in double digits for the second straight year.
With one more game at the Mendocino tournament, the Redwoods will look to bounce back with a win before heading home to play Merced on Monday.
First Redwoods women’s win over Yuba
On the same night that the undefeated Corsairs men’s team lost their first game, the winless Redwoods women’s team clinched their first win in a Yuba blowout on Friday. After losing their first game of the Sierra College Tournament to Chabot, the Corsairs bounced back with a 71-47 win over Yuba.
The Corsairs struggled to get back on track after a solid 18-10 season last year. After losing their top two scorers, the team is still trying to find ways to replace lost offensive performance. But the win is a nice step forward to lead the team into their home game against Fresno City, a team that defeated the Redwoods twice last year.
There is certainly still time to turn the season; The Corsairs overcame a mediocre 7-5 start last year to still make a postseason appearance. But the new-look team needs to figure it out quickly to avoid falling into a deeper hole to start the year.
Jake Matson can be reached at 707-441-0526.