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Dawson, Zator Place Top-10 Finishes at Mark Covert Classic

Senior Jake Dawson finished in sixth place in the season opening Mark Covert Classic in Brea. (Photo by Andy Sythe/LBSU)

Aug 31, 2013

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BREA, Calif. - Long Beach State seniors Hillary Zator and Jake Dawson finished in the top-10 on Saturday morning in the season-opening Mark Covert Classic in Brea.

Zator led the way for the 49ers, running the 5,000-meter women's race at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in a time of 18:10.8, finishing in fourth place.

The women's team placed sixth out of eight teams, recording a total of 144 points. Loyola Marymount captured the team championship with 34 points, followed by Pepperdine in second (66 pts.) and USC in third (73). Meet host Cal State Fullerton finished in fourth (95), followed by San Diego State in fifth (113).

Sophomore Alexis Trujillo crossed the line in 41st in a time of 19:48.2, followed by senior Andrea Gayton-Jacob in 45th (19:54.7).

Freshmen Kathleen Dunne and Ashley Carrera placed 56th and 60th respectively with Dunne posting a time of 20:06.6 and Carrera in 20:09.4.

Senior Taylor Goto finished in 64th (20:12.3) and freshman Lali Avila placed 72nd (20:27.5).

On the men's side, Dawson was the top finisher for LBSU, finishing in sixth as he covered the 8K course in a time of 25:51.0.

LBSU finished in third out of five teams with 82 points. The Lions won the team championship with 22 points, followed by the Titans in second (42 pts.). San Diego came in fourth (110) and Pepperdine in fifth (128).

Freshmen Kevin Ramirez and Emillo Nunez crossed the line in 22nd and 33rd respectively as Ramirez posted a time of 26:36.6 and Nunez turned in a time of 26:55.6.

Freshman Andres Velasco placed 51st (27:19.4), followed by fellow classmates Samuel Bautista in 71st (27:46.0) and Zach Diaz in 73rd (27:49.0). Senior Andrew Garcia finished in 84th.

"The men executed the race plan flawlessly," said 49er cross country coach Patrick Wales-Dinan. "We are very excited about what we were able to get out of this competition and can't wait to be joined by some more of our top people in the coming weeks. On the women's side Hillary Zator showed her ever growing fitness with a controlled effort in a strong field and our young people got some very valuable experience."

LBSU returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 14, traveling to Malibu for the Pepperdine Invitational.



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