KAHUKU, Hawai'i- The UCSB men's and women's cross country teams both turned in top 3 finishes at the 2016 Big West Championships hosted by University of Hawaii - Manoa. The men finished as the Big West runner-up team with 53 points to Cal Poly SLO's 18. The women finished 3rd with 96 points behind Cal Poly SLO and UC Davis.
The women were once again led by a brilliant performance from front-runner Jenna Hinkle. The junior has enjoyed a banner year and now can add Big West runner-up to her list of accomplishments. Never wavering from the front pack, Hinkle outlasted last year's Big West champion Faith Makau and gave chase to nationally ranked Peyton Bilo from Cal Poly. She would finish 2nd in 21:21, up 10 places from just a year ago.
The postseason will continue with the NCAA D1 West Regional meet in Sacramento on Nov. 11, sending qualifiers to the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. on Nov. 19.