Jan. 24, 2013
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State track and field team kicks off the 2013 indoor season this weekend at the UW Invitational in Seattle, Wash. Eight 49ers will be competing on Saturday, Jan. 26.
The UW Invitational will be held at Dempsey Indoor on the campus of the University of Washington. Long Beach State has eight distance runners slated to compete on Saturday. Meghan Foley (800m), Rosa Del Toro (3000m), Nina Moore (3000m) and Michelle Thompson (3000m) will represent the 49er women, while Gabe Hilbert (800m), Matt Maldonado (Mile), Jake Dawson (3000m) and Chris Enriquez (3000m) are entered on the men's side. The running events get underway with the first heat of the men's 3000m at 10 a.m.
Long Beach State established three school records at the UW Invitational last year. The women's distance medley relay team of Rosa Del Toro, Chelsea Hairanian, Catherine Martinez and Jessica Barnard crossed the finish line in a program-best 11:48.81. Del Toro also established LBSU's top mark in the women's mile at 4:50.75, while Matt Maldonado bettered his own school record in the men's mile at 4:03.39.
MORE ON MATT
Senior Matt Maldonado will be back in action following a record-breaking campaign in 2012. Last year, Maldonado earned second-team indoor All-America honors and was the MPSF champion in the mile run after beating out Stanford's 13-time All-American and former American junior record holder, Chris Derrick. Maldonado clocked in at 3:59.08, topping his own school record for the third time, to become the first 49er in program history to run a sub-four mile. During the outdoor season, the Modesto, Calif., native utilized his redshirt season, but competed unattached and went on to post one of the nation's top collegiate times in the 1500m as he established a lifetime-best 3:37.68 at the USATF Oxy High Performance Meet. Maldonado also competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials where he advanced to the 1500m semifinals with a school-record 3:41.93.
DEL TORO'S LAST STAND
Senior Rosa Del Toro, who has one season of indoor eligibility remaining, is already the most decorated athlete in program history with five school records to her name. Last year, she established the top indoor times in the mile (4:50.75) and 3000m (9:34.81), and ran an LBSU-outdoor best 4:24.97 in the 1500m. She also notched school records in the 5K (17:09.8) and 6K (20:27) during the 2011 cross country season. That year, Del Toro went on to earn NCAA All-Region honors and claimed Long Beach State's first-ever Big West Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year award.
Long Beach State continues the indoor season in two weeks when it heads back to Seattle, Wash., for the Husky Classic, Feb. 8-9. The 49ers will also send a group of athletes to compete in the Air Force Team Challenge on Feb. 9.
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