Big West Conference Champion and Cross Country Athlete of the Year senior Rosa Del Toro and the 49ers are set to compete at this Saturday's NCAA West Regional at Stanford. (Photo by Andy Sythe/LBSU)
Nov. 9, 2011
2011 LONG BEACH STATE CROSS COUNTRY
at NCAA West Regional
Hosted by Stanford University
Saturday, Nov. 12
Stanford Golf Course - Stanford, Calif.
Men's 10K - 10 a.m.
Women's 6K - 11:15 a.m.
The Long Beach State cross country team travels to the Bay Area to take part in the NCAA West Regional this Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Stanford Golf Course hosted by Stanford University. The men's 10,000-meter race is scheduled to start at 10 a.m., while the women's 6K meet will begin at 11:15 a.m. The West Regional features schools from states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The top two men's and women's teams from each regional automatically qualify to the NCAA Championships that will take place on Nov. 21, in Terre Haute, Ind. Individual and team at-large bids will also be awarded following the nine regionals held around the country on Saturday. Those bids will be extended on Sunday.
CUNNIFF ON THE WEST REGIONAL
“We are very eager to get up there,” 49er distance coach Patrick Cunniff said. “Our performances at the conference championships set us up very well in that we came out of it with lots of confidence. Both teams feel that they compete at a higher level and put together a complete team performance. So, everyone is very eager to get in there and compete at the highest level with the best competition.
“On the men’s side, both Heath and Matt are serious contenders for individual qualifying spot and we would like our men’s team to finish in the top seven as that would be the highest performance in regional history,” stated Cunniff. “On the women’s side, Rosa has a very good chance of being an individual qualifier and most importantly leading our team to a qualifying spot. The regionals will be the best competition we’ve seen all year and we feel that we have two of the best teams from our program ever.”
LAST YEAR'S WEST REGIONAL
LBSU will be looking to improve its performance from last year's NCAA West Regional in Springfield, Ore., as the men's team finished in 10th place with 280 points and the women's squad placed 11th with 313 points. Senior Rosa Del Toro and junior Bret Hasvold were the top runners for the 49ers as Del Toro crossed the finish line in 26th, braking the school record in the women's 6K with a time of 20:45.51. Hasvold placed 38th, covering the 10K course in a time of 30:54.95, shattering the LBSU course record by 49 seconds set by Travis Kuhlman in 2007. The women's team finish was third among schools from the Big West Conference, finishing one point behind UCLA (10th) and 10 points behind Portland (9th). The women finished ahead of 19 other universities from the region, including Arizona State and Oregon State from the Pacific-10 Conference.
The men's squad were the second highest finishing team from the Big West, moving ahead of UC Riverside (second at Big West Championships) and UC Santa Barbara (third at Big West). The 49ers were only eight points from finishing ahead of Big West Champions UC Davis and finished ahead of 15 other schools from the West Region, including Washington State and Arizona.
DEL TORO WINS BIG WEST CHAMPIONSHIP
Senior Rosa Del Toro went out in style in running in her last Big West Conference Championship, winning the women's 6,000-meter race in a new school record of 20:27.0. The Van Nuys native became the first individual in program history to win the conference championship. Del Toro made her move to the front of the pack halfway through the race, crossing the line six seconds ahead of the second-place Sarah Sumpter of UC Davis and 14 seconds over Leanne Fogg of Cal Poly in third. Del Toro eclipsed the previous school record in the 6K by 18 seconds that was set by her last season at the West Regional in Springfield, Ore.
DEL TORO NAMED BIG WEST ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Senior Rosa Del Toro was named Big West Conference Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year after a stellar performance this season. Del Toro became the first 49er to win the individual title at the Big West Championship and now becomes the first to earn Big West Women's Athlete of the Year honors. During the course of the season, she set school records in both at the 5K (17:09.8) and 6K (20:27.0) distances. Del Toro won the Fullerton Open and the Big West Championship, while finishing third at the UC Irvine Invitational and fourth at the Bronco Invitational. Her efforts led LBSU to a team victory at the Bronco Invitational and the program's highest finish at the conference championship, second place. The Van Nuys native collected two Big West Women's Athlete of the Week honors this season - September 6 and October 17.
LBSU RUNS AT BIG WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 49er women's team finished in second place at the Big West Conference Championship a week and half ago at UC Riverside, recording their highest finish since the 2006 championship as LBSU placed second. The 49ers collected 61 points, beating two-time defending Big West champion UC Santa Barbara by one point. All nine runners for LBSU recorded personal bests in the 6K. On the men's side, the 49ers were led by sophomore Heath Reedy as he made his way up to the front of the pack in the last 400 meters in the men's 8K to finish in third with a school record of 23:47.2. Reedy broke the previous best by three seconds that was set by his own record at this year's Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale, Calif. All six top runners for LBSU set personal-bests in the 8K, leading the 49ers to place third with 69 points. LBSU finished just one point behind UC Santa Barbara in second as this was the highest finish for the men's team since placing third in 2005.
LBSU RUNS AT TITAN INVITATIONAL IN FULLERTON
Freshman Madison D'Ornellas led the way for the 49er women's team, finishing in 28th place with a time of 18:26 in the 5K race. LBSU placed eighth in the field of 10 teams with 199 points. On the men's side, freshman Arturo Trejo was the top runner for LBSU, crossing the line in 78th in a time of 27:00. The 49er men finished in seventh in the eight-team field with 188 points. Both teams used the Titan Invitational as a warmup, resting its top runners for the Big West Championships.
LBSU WOMEN WINS BRONCO INVITATIONAL, MEN FINISH THIRD
The Long Beach State women's cross country team captured the Bronco Invitational team title for the second consecutive year. LBSU recorded a total of 94 points to lead the field of 21 teams to the finish line. Senior Rosa Del Toro led the way for the 49ers, finishing in third and setting a school record in the 5,000-meter race by five seconds that was previously held by Sarah Apgar (17:14) at the 2009 Bronco Invitational. On the men's side, LBSU placed third and was paced by sophomore Heath Reedy, which also set a school record in the men's 8K with a time of 23:50.
DEL TORO NAMED BIG WEST XC ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Senior Rosa Del Toro was named Big West Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week for her performance at last weekend's Bronco Invitational. This is Del Toro's second athlete of the week award this season and fourth overall. The Van Nuys native was selected in September for winning the Fullerton Season Opener 6K. This past weekend, Del Toro set a school record and a personal-best in the women's 5K at the Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale with a time of 17:09.8. Del Toro's time eclipsed the previous record by five seconds that was held by Sarah Apgar (17:14) at the 2009 Bronco Invitational.
WOMEN'S TEAM RANKED IN USTFCCCA WEST REGION POLL
In the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) regional rankings, the women's team is currently ranked No. 9 in the west region, while the men's squad comes in at 11th. The 49er women are the second highest ranked team from the Big West coming behind No. 8 UC Davis. The men's squad is the third highest ranked team from the conference trailing behind Cal Poly (5th) and UC Santa Barbara (10th)
LBSU RUNS AMONG THE BEST AT ROY GRIAK INVITATIONAL
Both men's and women's teams made strong showings at the highly competitive Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 24, hosted by the University of Minnesota. LBSU had two runners finish in the top-25 in the men's 8K race with Matt Maldonado leading the way for the 49ers as he crossed the line in 11th with a time of 24:28.5 and Heath Reedy came in 12 seconds behind in 23rd (24:40.3). The men's squad placed 13th, finishing ahead of Washington and Arizona, who were both ranked ahead of the 49ers in the USTFCCCA West Region. On the women's side, Rosa Del Toro paced LBSU to 18th place, finishing ahead of Big 12 Conference members Oklahoma (19th) and Kansas State (20th) and South Carolina (24th) from the Southeastern Conference. Del Toro crossed the finish line in 30th (21:22.4).
DEL TORO TAKES THIRD AT IRVINE INVITATIONAL
Senior Rosa Del Toro (Van Nuys) continued with another strong performance as she finished in third-place in the women's 5,000-meter race at the UC Irvine Invitational. Del Toro crossed the finish line with a time of 17:32.3, leading the women's team to third with 106 points.
REEDY WINS FULLERTON SEASON OPENER, MEN TAKES TEAM TITLE
Sophomore Heath Reedy (Clovis) was the top runner at the Asics Fullerton Season Opener on Sept. 3, recording his first career win. Reedy covered the 8K course at Carbon Canyon Park in Brea in a time of 25:08.4, outdistancing the rest of the pack by 11 seconds. The men's team claimed the team title recording 25 points as four other 49ers finished in the top 10. This was the first team title for the men's squad since winning the Bronco Invitational in 2009.
DEL TORO RUNS TO VICTORY AT FULLERTON OPENER, WOMEN CLAIMS SECOND
Rosa Del Tororecorded her second career race title as she ran to first-place at the Asics Fullerton Season Opener on Sept. 3. Del Toro won the women's 6K event by five seconds recording a time of 22:03.7. Del Toro led the women's team to a second-place finish, tallying 61 points as three 49ers placed in the top-20.
DEL TORO, REEDY NAMED BIG WEST ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
The 49ers swept the first weekly athlete of the week awards handed out by the Big West Conference as senior Rosa Del Toro and sophomore Heath Reedywere named cross country athletes of the week. This was Reedy's first athlete of the week award, while this was Del Toro's third in her career as she was nominated twice last season.
The NCAA Cross Country Championships will take place on Monday, Nov. 21, at the Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind.
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