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Cross Country Travels to Indiana; Riverside for Saturday Meets

Distance coach Patrick Wales-Dinan and the 49ers will send split squads to Terre Haute, Ind. and to Riverside, Calif. for Saturday competitions. (Photo by Andy Sythe/LBSU)

Oct. 17, 2013

Meet No. 4
at ISU Pre-National Invitational
Hosted by Indiana State
Saturday, Oct. 20
LaVerne Gibson Championship Cross Country Course
Men's 8K - 10:30 a.m. (PST)
Women's 6K - 11:10 a.m. (PST)

Meet No. 4
at Highlander Invitational
Hosted by UC Riverside
Saturday, Oct. 20
UCR Agricultural Operations Course
Men's 8K - 8 a.m.
Women's 5K - 8:30 a.m.

The Long Beach State cross country teams returns to action this Saturday as the 49ers will send squads to the Indiana State University Pre-National Invitational and the UC Riverside Highlander Invitational.

The ISU Pre-National Invitational is set to take place at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course located just east of Terre Haute, Ind., at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center. The LaVern Gibson Course has hosted the NCAA Division I Men's & Women's Championships in 2002 and 2004-11. Nearly 180 men's and women's teams from across the country will converge in Terre Haute for one of the biggest collegiate cross country events.  The men's 8,000-meter race will begin at 10:30 a.m. (PST), while the women's 6K meet will begin at 11:10 a.m. (PST).

The 49ers will be represented by Tim Bergstrom, Jake Dawson, Chris Enriquez, Emilio Nunez, Cameron Pantoja and Hillary Zator.

"Our men are excited to head to Terre Haute for some high level competition," said distance coach Patrick Wales-Dinan. "We are racing on the course that will host the NCAA Championships and this should provide us with a great opportunity to see where we stand against some of the best in the nation. Hillary Zator will also travel to Terre Haute and test herself against the NCAA Championship course. Hillary has been running exceptionally well this season and is very excited to compete over the 6K distance."

The second annual Highlander Invitational will take place at the UCR Agricultural Operations Course, with the men's 6K starting at 8 a.m. and the women's 5K beginning at 8:30 a.m. Participating teams in the men's race consist of five Big West Conference schools in Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, UC Irvine, Cal State Northridge and UC Riverside, plus Wyoming. On the women's side, Cal State Bakersfield Wyoming and USC join those same five Big West teams.

The LBSU men's team will be represented by Sam Bautista, Zach Diaz, Jose Herrera, Kevin Ramirez, Heath Reedy and Andres Velasco. On the women's side, Lali Availa, Amber Britt, Ashley Carrera, Emily Cooper, Madison D'Ornellas, Kathleen Dunne, Andrea Gayton-Jacob, Taylor Goto, Kayla Kamaka, Taylor Lorack, Kylee Martin, Catherine Martinez, Alexis Trujillo and Caitlin Turner.

"We will also send squads to Riverside for the UCR Highlander Invitational," added Wales-Dinan. "UCR's Ag Ops Course has traditionally been the site of the Big West Conference Championships so this race will provide some great learning opportunities for our younger athletes. The race will feature a 6K for men and a 5K for women. This should be a great conference preparation meet."



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