2016 LONG BEACH STATE CROSS COUNTRY
Meet No. 4
at Highlander Invitational
Hosted by UC Riverside
Saturday, Oct. 15
UCR Agricultural Operations Course
Men's 6K - 8:00 a.m.
Women's 5K - 8:30 a.m.
The Long Beach State men's and women's cross country teams returns to the Inland Empire to take part in the fifth annual Highlander Invitational hosted by UC Riverside. The men's 6,000-meter race is scheduled for an 8 a.m. start, while the women's 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. Both races will take place at UCR's Agricultural Operations Course in Riverside.
LBSU will compete with fellow Big West Conference members Cal State Fullerton, CSUN, UC Irvine and UC Riverside along with Pepperdine, San Diego State and USC.
49ERS IN THE RUNNING
Ashley Carrera, Jodi Lambert, Pauline Mandel, Christie Nesbit, Charlotte Utash and Julie Vargas will represent the Beach at this year's Highlander Invitational. Patrick Burciago, Cameron Ford, Kaden Lapham, George Martinez, Emilio Nunez and Jacob Orozco will run for the 49ers.
Live results of the Highlander Invitational will be at finishedresults.com: https://registration.finishedresults.com/meets/262
LAST YEAR IN RIVERSIDE
The men's team captured last year's Highlander Invitational team title with 38 points as the 49ers placed three runners in the top-10 with Kevin Ramirez finishing in third, followed by Sam Bautista in fourth and Emilio Nunez in eighth. On the women's side, the Beach finished in fifth with 105 points as the 49ers were led by Kathleen Dunne (fifth) and Ashley Carrera (10th).
LAST TIME OUT
LBSU is coming off from a two-week break as they last competed at the Capital Cross Challenge in Sacramento on Oct. 1 at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. The men's team placed 11th (16 teams) with 275 points and the women's squad finished in 18th (19 teams) with 511 points. Emilio Nunez and Pauline Mandel were the top runners for the 49ers, finishing in 31st and 81st respectively.
49ERS OPEN SEASON AT PEPPERDINE INVITATIONAL
LBSU opened the 2016 campaign at the Pepperdine Invitation back on Sept. 1, at Alumni Park in Malibu. Seniors Pauline Mandel and Kevin Ramirez were the top runners for the 49ers, finishing in second-place. Recorded as duel meets, the men's team fell to the host Waves and UC Irvine, while the women recorded victories against the Waves and Cal State Bakersfield, while falling to the Anteaters and USC.
WINGET HIRED AS NEW CROSS COUNTRY COACH
Long Beach State head coach Andy Sythe has announced the hiring of Shawn Winget as the program's cross country and assistant track & field coach for the distance events. Winget previously spent five years at TCU where he worked with the middle and long distance runners as an assistant track & field coach. During his tenure, he mentored six Mountain West Conference champions and 34 All-MWC performers. Winget also led his athletes to the national stage as he had 17 NCAA Preliminary qualifiers, including seven who advanced to the NCAA Championships. Two of his runners went on to earn All-America honors. With Winget on the track & field staff, the Horned Frogs won three Mountain West team championships. Winget was also the cross country coach while at TCU. In his five seasons, Winget saw his athletes produce five All-South Central Region honors. During the 2010 campaign, Winget guided Festus Kingen to the first NCAA men's cross country regional title in school history. Kingen was named the South Central Region Men's Athlete of the Year for his effort. Overall, Winget's athletes established 36 indoor and 29 outdoor performances that rank among TCU's all-time top-10, with three being school records.
ALOHA BIG WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2016 Big West Conference Championships will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the Kahuku Golf Course on Kahuku, O'ahu hosted by the University of Hawai'i.
WEST REGIONAL RETURNS TO SACRAMENTO
The NCAA West Regional returns to the California capital on Friday, Nov. 11 as both meets will take place at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento.
FOLLOW US, GET SOCIAL
Supporters of Long Beach State Cross Country can follow the 49ers all season long on social media. On Instagram (LBSU Track & Field) and Facebook (Long Beach State Track & Field/Cross Country).
The 49ers return to action on Friday, Oct. 21 for the Titan Invitational hosted by Cal State Fullerton.
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