Races to be held at Jefferson Park Golf Course on Friday
Men's and women's races to take place on Saturday morning
Women's team are two-time defending champions
Patrick Wales-Dinan is in his third year as the cross country/distance coach at Long Beach State.
Since arriving in the fall of 2012 Wales-Dinan has coached Long Beach State athletes to 32 top 10 performances and 7 school records. He has coached over 10 All-Conference Athletes and 6 NCAA Qualifiers.
During the 2014 track and field season Wales-Dinan coach Chris Low to 1st team All-American honors in the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Low finished 7th in the 800m finals and broke the school record in the 800m when he ran 1:47.52 at the NCAA Prelims in Arkansas. Wales-Dinan also guided Chris Enriquez to a birth in the NCAA Finals 10,000m. Both Low and Enriquez were the first middle or long distance runners in Long Beach St. history to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Low also won a conference title in the 800m and garnered individual victories at the Stanford Invitational, Drake Relays and a runner-up finish at the Mt. Sac relays. Additionally Enriquez broke the 36 year old 5000m record when he ran 14:07.30, Enriquez was a runner-up finish at the Conference Championship 10,000m.
Additionally, Low & Enriquez qualified to compete at the USATF National Championships in 2014 where Enriquez was the highest placing collegiate in the 10,000m. Enriquez and Low's results at USA's earned them a spot on the NACAC U-23 National Team representing the United States.
In the fall of 2013 Wales-Dinan coached junior Chris Enriquez to an individual birth to the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Enriquez was the first 49er to qualify for the even in the modern era of NCAA Cross Country (since 1980). Enriquez qualified after finishing 10th at the NCAA West Regional meet in a time of 29:54.36. This was the highest finish by a 49er in school history. 2013 also saw Enriquez and senior Hillary Zator garner All-Conference recognition with their 5th place finishes at the Big West Cross Country Championships. Both the men's and women's teams ran to 4th place finishes; each improving on their 2012 finish.
During his first year at The Beach, Wales-Dinan saw his athletes set 3 school records and garner 3 NCAA Regional qualifying performances. Wales-Dinan mentored Gabe Hilbert to the conference title in the 800m and freshman Chris Enriquez to the fastest 5000m performance in the last 30 years when he ran 14:12.89 at the Mt. Sac Invitational. His distance squads earned 4 All-Conference nods and scored the most conference points for a 49es squad in the last 6 years. During the indoor season Wales-Dinan coached Rosa Del Toro to school records of 9:22 and 16:23 in the 3000m and 5000m respectively. Del Toro qualified to compete in the USATF Indoor National Championships. In the fall the women's cross country team earned USTFCCCA All-Academic recognition. In his time at Long Beach, Duke and Williams College, Wales-Dinan has coach over 45 USTFCCCA All-Academic Individuals including the 2010 NCAA XC and 2011 NCAA TF Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Wales-Dinan came to LBSU from Duke University, where he served as an assistant cross country/track & field coach from 2011-12. During his time working with the Blue Devils, Wales-Dinan tutored one NCAA All-American, three NCAA finalists, eight NCAA qualifiers, 10 all-region performers, one conference champion and eight All-ACC runners.
In cross country, Wales-Dinan helped Madeline Morgan to All-ACC and All-Southeast Region honors, as well as a trip to the NCAA Championships. On the track, he mentored the Duke women to seven NCAA first-round qualifiers. In addition, Wales-Dinan helped Carly Seymour claim the ACC indoor title in the 5000m, while two of his athletes also established freshman records in the 800m (2:07) and 1500m (4:23). Wales-Dinan's student-athletes also excelled in the classroom as he saw 10 individuals earn USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.
Prior to his stint at Duke, Wales-Dinan was an assistant coach for the cross country teams and the distance coach for the women's track & field program at Williams College from 2009-11. At Williams, he coached 10 All-Americans and one NCAA Division III national champion in Jennifer Gossels, who won titles in both the 5000m and 10000m in 2011. That same year, Wales-Dinan became the first coach in NCAA Division III history to oversee four national qualifiers in the women's 10000m.
Wales-Dinan assisted in guiding the Williams College men's and women's cross country teams to consecutive NCAA Division III championship appearances, including a runner-up finish for the men's squad in the fall of 2009. The men also won the conference and regional title in 2009. On the women's side, Wales-Dinan coached Gossels to NCAA Regional Athlete of the Year accolades and a second-place performance at the national championships, the second-highest finish ever by a Williams female runner. As a student-athlete, Wales-Dinan was a three-time All-New England Division III athlete at Bates College. Wales-Dinan graduated from Bates College with a bachelor's degree in economics in 2005.
After graduating, Wales-Dinan served as the head coach for the cross country and track & field teams at Traip Academy in Kittery, Maine, from 2005-08.
In 2008-09, Wales-Dinan was the assistant coach for women's cross country and track & field at the University of Southern Maine, where he helped the Huskies win their ninth-consecutive LEC and Alliance League titles.
In addition to his Long Beach State coaching duties Wales-Dinan serves as Rosa Del Toro and Gabe Hilbert's professional coach. Del Toro a 2013 graduate and 9 time school record holder is sponsored by Brooks. Hilbert ran 1:47.25 for 800m and qualified for the 2014 US Championships in the 800m.
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