It wasn’t quite the team performances UC Merced hoped for, but two individuals extended their seasons at the Cal Pac Cross Country Championship on Monday.
The Bobcats matched their team finishes from a season ago with the men placing second and the women taking third at Woodward Park in Fresno. Embry-Riddle of Arizona grabbed Cal Pac crowns for both with convincing performances.
While UC Merced came up empty in its bids for a first Cal Pac title, runners Guillermo Rivas and Erika Ochoa each secured a place in the NAIA National Championships on Nov. 19 in Elsah, Ill.
Ochoa placed sixth overall in the women’s 5K race with a time of 19 minutes, 41.2 seconds. The junior cut more than a minute off the time she turned in a year ago. Rivas finished eighth in the men’s 8K race, just outpacing teammate Anthony Tyler with a time of 26:33.2. Tyler was ninth in 26:40.1.