Cross Country Set To Run At Highlander Invitational
Men's and women's races to be held at UCR Agricultural Operations Course
2017 LONG BEACH STATE CROSS COUNTRY
Meet No. 4
at 6th Annual Highlander Invitational
Saturday, Oct. 14
Hosted by UC Riverside
UCR Agricultural Operations Course
Men's 6K - 8:00 a.m. (PT)
Women's 5K - 8:30 a.m. (PT)
After taking a three-week break, the Long Beach State men's and women's cross country teams return to action this Saturday (Oct. 11), taking part in the 6th Annual Highlander Invitational hosted by UC Riverside. The men's 6,000-meter race is slated to begin at 8:00 a.m. (PT), while the women's 5K is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. (PT). Both races will be held at the UCR Agricultural Operations Course.
The Beach will be among nine teams competing in the men's race with 86 runners, while the women's team will be among 12 teams and 106 runners competing in Riverside.
No live scoring will be available for the Highlander Invitational.
LAST TIME OUT
The LBSU men's and women's teams posted second-place finishes at the UNLV Invitational back on Sept. 23, at Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas. Senior George Martinez and junior Mikayla Florez were the top runners for the 49ers, recording sixth and third place finishes respectively. The men's team placed second with 47 points, falling behind team champion Utah Valley with 15 points. On the women's side, the Beach took second with 73 points, finishing ahead of meet host UNLV in third, USC in fourth and San Diego State in fifth.
MARTINEZ, FLOREZ NAMED BIG WEST ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Senior George Martinez and junior Mikayla Florez were named Big West Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week (Sept. 26-Oct. 2) for their performances at the UNLV Invitational. Martinez finished in sixth-place, posting a time of 19:09 in the men's 6,000-meter race. The National City, Calif. native was the top runner for LBSU for the third time this season, leading the Beach to second with 47 points in Las Vegas. On the women's side, this was Florez's second Big West Athlete of the Week award this season after crossing the finish line with a personal-best in the 5K with a mark of 17:49. Florez beat her previous best by 23 seconds. The native from Riverbank, Calif. placed third among 66 runners, finishing nine seconds behind the second-place individual.
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LBSU COMPETES IN RIVERSIDE
The LBSU men's and women's cross country teams took 22nd and 16th place finishes at the UC Riverside Invitational back on Sept. 16. The men's team scored 575 points among 32 teams in the men's 8,000-meter race, while the women collected 492 points among 29 teams in the women's 6K. Senior George Martinez led the way for the Beach, finishing in 89th with a time of 25:30.1, while redshirt junior Mikayla Florez crossed the finish line in 56th (21:28.0).
BEACH OPENS SEASON AT PEPPERDINE
LBSU opened the 2017 campaign at the Pepperdine Invitational on Sept. 1, at Alumni Park in Malibu. Redshirt junior Mikayla Florez finished in first-place (14:41.96) among 44 runners in the women's 4K, leading the Beach to five duel meet wins over USC, Pepperdine, UC Irvine, CSUN and CSU Bakersfield. Senior George Martinez finished in sixth with a 5K time of 16:01.83, as the Beach fell in its three duel meets versus CSUN, Pepperdine and UC Irvine.
FLOREZ NAMED BIG WEST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Junior Mikayla Florez was named Big West Conference Athlete of the Week (Aug. 28-Sept. 3), taking home the first weekly honors for cross country. Florez captured first-place at the season-opening Pepperdine Invitational with a 4K time of 14:41.96, helping LBSU to five dual meet wins against USC, Pepperdine, UC Irvine, CSUN and CSU Bakersfield. The Riverbank, Calif. native became the first women's runner from the Beach to win a meet since Rose Del Toro claimed the Aztec Invitational back in 2010.
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 Beach returns to action on Friday, Oct. 20, taking part in the Titan Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton.
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