Nov. 1, 2013
LONG BEACH - The Long Beach State men's and women's cross country teams travels up to the central coast for the Big West Conference Championships hosted by Cal Poly this Saturday at the Fairbanks Memorial Cross Country Course in San Luis Obispo.
After five consecutive years at UC Riverside's Agricultural Operations Course, the Big West Championships return to San Luis Obispo for the first time since 2007.
The men's 8,000-meter race is scheduled for a 9:45 a.m. start, followed by the women's 6K meet beginning at 10:40 a.m.
Both 49er teams will be looking to improve from their fifth-place finishes at last year's Big West Championships. The women scored 107 points as former 49er Alisia Barajas led the way for LBSU, finishing in 10th in a time of 20:39.8. On the men's side, junior Chris Enriquez was the top runner for the 49ers, crossing the line in 18th in a time of 25:05.7, collecting 147 points.
The LBSU women's team will be represented by Lali Avila, Ashley Carrera, Kathleen Dunne, Andrea Gayton-Jacob, Taylor Goto, Alexis Trujillo and Hillary Zator. The men's squad will be represented by Sam Bautista, Tim Bergstrom, Jake Dawson, Chris Enriquez, Emilio Nunez, Cameron Pantoja, Kevin Ramirez and Heath Ready.
LBSU is coming off from a two-week break where the 49ers had split squads participate at the Highlander Invitational in Riverside and at the Indiana State Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind.
"Conference championship week is the culmination of a summer and season of hard work," distance coach Patrick Wales-Dinan said. "Our groups have done an amazing job training at higher levels than we ever have. We have an extremely young group with six freshman competing at their first Big West meet but the coaching staff is excited to have them get their first championship race experience. We are traveling nine women and eight men all of whom are eager to get out and race hard on a very challenging course in San Luis Obispo."
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