Cross Country Opens 2017 Season At Pepperdine Invitational
Women's 4K begins at 4 p.m., while men's 5K will start at 4:30 p.m. in Malibu
2017 LONG BEACH STATE CROSS COUNTRY
Meet No. 1
at Pepperdine Invitational
Friday, Sept. 1
Women's 4K - 4:00 p.m. (PT)
Men's 5K - 4:30 p.m. (PT)
The Long Beach State men's and women's cross country teams kicks off the 2017 campaign this Friday (Sept. 1) at the season-opening Pepperdine Invitational hosted by Pepperdine. The women's 4,000-meter race will begin at 4 p.m., while the men's 5,000-meter race will start at 4:30 p.m. Both races will take place at Alumni Park in Malibu, Calif.
LBSU will be among a six-team field at this year's Pepperdine Invitational, as the 49ers will compete with the host Waves, CSUN and UC Irvine that will be bringing both men's and women's teams, while CSU Bakersfield and USC will feature their women's squads.
49ERS IN THE RUNNING
On the men's side, the Beach welcomes seven newcomers to the program this season. Senior George Martinez will be the top returning runner for LBSU, along with junior Patrick Burciago and sophomore Braeden Kraft. On the women's side, the 49ers welcome seven newcomers to the team, while junior Mikayla Florez will be the top runner for the women.
WINGET ON THE SEASON
"We're looking forward to getting the season started," said cross country coach Shawn Winget. "We've got a lot of new faces and new energy to our program. So, we're pretty excited on seeing what our men's and women's teams can do this season and looking forward to competing for a Big West Championship and competing for the NCAA Championship in Louisville."
Live results of this year's Pepperdine Invitational will not be available.
LAST YEAR IN MALIBU
The 49ers will be looking to improve from its performance last year at the Pepperdine Invitational duel meets at Alumni Park. the men's team fell to the host Waves, 25-30 and to UC Irvine, 20-43. On the women's side, LBSU defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 22-34 and beat the Waves 26-31, while falling to the Anteaters, 20-43 and to USC, 19-37.
BE A FOLLOWER ... FOLLOW US
Fans can follow the Long Beach State Cross Country team on social media all season long. On Twitter (@LBSU_Track_XC) and on Facebook (Long Beach State Track & Field/Cross Country).
BIG WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURN TO THE INLAND EMPIRE
After a one-year absence, the Big West Conference Championships return to Riverside, Calif. on Saturday, Oct. 28. UC Riverside will serve as hosts for the first conference championship of the year at UCR's Agricultural Operations Course.
The 49ers return to action on Saturday, Sept. 16, for the UC Riverside Invitational at UCR's Agricultural Operations Course.
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