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State Invite Up Next
Cross Country Set to Host Annual Event
October 2, 2001
LBSU Hosts Invite, Saturday: The cross country teams return
home this week and will host the Long Beach State Invitational on
Saturday. The men's race is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and the
women's race is at 9:45 a.m. El Dorado Park East (not West) is located
off of the 605 Freeway and Spring Street in Long Beach, between
Studebaker and Alamitos Boulevards.
Teams: Men's teams competing: Men of Troy, LBSU, UC Irvine
"B", Pacific West Track Club, and UCSB Alumni; Women's
teams competing: USC, LBSU, UC Irvine "B", Pacific West
Track Club, San Diego State and LBSU Alumnae.
Results: Results will be posted at www.flashresults.com/flashwest
by about 11:30 a.m. Results will also be available at www.longbeachstate.com.
For coaches, more information can be gathered by calling the cross
country office at (562) 985-2318.
The Coaches: Director Andy Sythe is in his 13th season
as director of both the track and field and cross country programs.
During Sythe's tenure, 49er track athletes have achieved 70 NCAA
qualifying performances, 55 conference champions, had 18 All-Americans,
three Big West Athletes of-the-year, one NCAA national champion
and another NCAA runner-up. In cross country, eight 49er student-athletes
have earned All-Big West Conference honors. Dana Colligan Gutierez
is in her second season as the distance coach for LBSU. Larry Henderson
is in his first season as a graduate assistant coach.
Dr. Dre-a in the House: For the second straight meet, Drea
Palacio (Fresno) led the 49er women, finishing 70th in Palo Alto
with a time of 23:16. The women's team finished 19th out of 25 teams.
Stehmy-ing the Competition: Brian Stehmeier (Running Springs)
picked up a personal-best 26:37 time at the Stanford Invite, finishing
49th against a field of national-caliber runners. The time of 26:37
was the fifth fastest LBSU time on the Stanford Course. The team's
13th place finish (out of 27) was two places better than last year.
Top Newcomers: Matt Bates, Arturo Garcia and Brian Robles
are the top male newcomers, while Jaclyn Pederson, Betsy Lively
and Sharon Burnett are the top female runners. Bates is an all-stater,
Garcia is one of the top California runners, and Robles is a three-time
all-league pick. Pederson was a Junior National qualifier, Lively
finished third at the AAU XC Nationals, while Burnett is strong
transfer from Portland State.
Young Guns: The men's team features seven freshmen, four
sophomores and no upperclassmen, while the women's team has seven
freshmen, five sophomores and one junior.
Rest of the Schedule: The Cal Poly Invite on October 13
will be a tune up for the Big West Championships two weeks later
(Oct. 27). The West Regionals will be held in Tucson on November
10, while Nationals will be hosted by Furman University (S.C.) on