Cross Country Set For Big West Conference Championships In Hawai'i
Races scheduled for Saturday morning at Kahuku Golf Course in Kahuku, Hawai'i
2016 LONG BEACH STATE CROSS COUNTRY
Meet No. 5
at Big West Conference Championships
Hosted by Hawai'i
Saturday, Oct. 29
Kahuku Golf Course
Men's 8K - 7:00 a.m. (HT)/10:00 a.m. (PT)
Women's 6K - 7:45 a.m. (HT)/10:45 a.m. (PT)
The Long Beach State men's and women's cross country teams are set to run in the Big West Conference Championships on Saturday (Oct. 29) at the Kahuku Golf Course in Kahuku, Hawai'i hosted by the University of Hawai'i. The men's 8,000-meter race is scheduled for a 10:00 a.m. (PT) start, while the women's 6K is slated for a 10:45 a.m. (PT) start. This is the first time Hawai'i has hosted the conference championship since 1992.
BIG WEST FIELD
LBSU will be among a nine-team field in the women's 6K as the 49ers will compete with Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, CSUN, Hawai'i UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara. On the men's side, the 49ers will be among an eight-team field as Hawai'i does not sponsor a men's team.
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 Big West Championships. Patrick Burciago, Cameron Ford, Kaden Lapham, George Martinez, Emilio Nunez and Jacob Orozco will run for the 49ers.
LAST YEAR'S BIG WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS
LBSU will be looking to improve from its performance at last year's Big West Conference Championships in Riverside as both men's and women's teams finished in the middle of the standings in their respective races. The men's team finished in fourth with 109 points and were led by senior Emilio Nunez as he crossed the finish line in 15th with a time of 24:44.34. The women's team placed sixth with 169 points and were led by Kathleen Dunne as she crossed the line in 12th with a time of 21:09.27.
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.
LAST TIME OUT
The 49ers are coming off from a two-week break as they last competed at the Highlander Invitational in Riverside back on Oct. 15. The men's team finished in fourth place with 107 points in the 6K race and were led by Cameron Ford as finished in 10th with a time of 18:19.36. The women's team finished in seventh with 180 points and were led by Pauline Mandel as she placed 20th with a time of 18:18.14.
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.
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The 49ers return to action on Friday, Nov. 11 for the NCAA West Regional at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento.
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