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Cross Country Opens 2013 Season at Mark Covert Classic

Senior Jake Dawson and the 49ers open the 2013 campaign on Saturday at the Mark Covert Classic in Brea.

Aug 27, 2013

at Mark Covert Classic
Hosted by Cal State Fullerton
Saturday, Aug. 31
Carbon Canyon Regional Park - Brea, Calif.
Men's 8K - 8:40 a.m.
Women's 5K - 9:15 a.m. 

The Long Beach State men's and women's cross country teams opens the 2013 season this Saturday at the Mark Covert Classic hosted by Cal State Fullerton.

The men's 8,000-meter race is scheduled to begin at 8:40 a.m., followed by the women's 5K at 9:15 a.m. Both races will take place Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea.

"This is a very exciting season for our men's program," 49er cross country coach Patrick Wales-Dinan said. "We are definitely thrilled to be bringing in so much young talent but we're also very excited about where our upperclassmen are and hope to make a big improvement in both our conference and regional positions from a year ago."

"Our women's team is very young," Wales-Dinan added. "We have lots of talent, but that talent is coupled with inexperience. I look forward to seeing our team develop throughout the season."

For the men's team, the 49ers will be led by junior Chris Enriquez who is coming off a stellar first collegiate season of outdoor track and field. Enriquez notched the conference's fastest 5000-meter performance last spring when he ran 14:12.89 for the event at the Mt. Sac Relays. Enriquez's time was the fourth fastest in school history and the fastest since 1978.

Also up front for LBSU will be fifth year senior Jake Dawson, who finished fourth in the 10,000m at the Big West Championships last spring and ran a personal best 30:21.09 at the Stanford Invitational in March. The 49ers welcome the return of senior Heath Reedy who redshirted last fall. Reedy finished third in the Big West Conference Cross Country Championships as a sophomore and looks to return to form this fall.

LBSU will also be supported by junior Cameron Pantoja and senior Andrew Garcia as well as freshmen Sam Bautista, Zach Diaz, Jose Herrera, Kaden Lapham, Emilio Nunez, Kevin Ramirez and Andres Velasco.

On the women's side, the 49ers will be led by senior Hillary Zator, who is coming off a very successful outdoor track season. Zator was an all-conference performer in the 10,000m this past spring and also scored in the 5000m. Zator notched the sixth fastest 10K in school history.

Lexi Trujillo will also help the 49ers up front, as the sophomore improved tremendously in her first track and field season at LBSU last season. A 5:15 1600m runner in high school, Trujillo ran bests of 4:36 and 17:28 for 1500m and 5000m respectively during the 2013 track and field campaign. Redshirt sophomore Caitlin Turner and fifth year senior Andrea Gayton-Jacob will also contribute for the 49ers in addition to seven incoming freshman.

The 49ers will travel to Pepperdine on Sept. 14 before heading to Sacramento for the NCAA Regional Jamboree (Oct. 4) hosted by Sacramento State. The men will send a small squad to Indiana for the NCAA Pre-National Meet (Oct. 19) at the LaVerne Gibson Championship Course. LBSU travels to San Luis Obispo for the Big West Championship (Nov. 2) before returning back to Sacramento for the NCAA West Regional on Nov. 15.



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