Cross Country Heads To Seattle For NCAA West Regional
Men's and women's races set for Friday morning at Jefferson Park Golf Course
2017 LONG BEACH STATE CROSS COUNTRY
Meet No. 6 at NCAA West Regional
Friday, Nov. 10
Hosted by Washington
Jefferson Park Golf Course
Women's 6K - 10:30 a.m. (PT)
Men's 10K - 11:30 a.m. (PT)
The Long Beach State men's and women's cross country teams are set to compete at the NCAA West Regional this Friday (Nov. 10) morning at Jefferson Park Golf Course in Seattle, Wash., hosted by University of Washington. The women's 6,000-meter race will begin at 10:30 a.m. (PT), while the men's 10K is set to start at 11:30 a.m. (PT).
ABOUT THE REGIONAL
The NCAA West Regional is one of nine regionals around the country. Eighteen teams and 36 individuals will advance automatically. Thirteen teams and two individuals will be chosen by an NCAA subcommittee on Saturday (Nov. 11) for at-large selections. The top 25 runners in each race receive All-Region recognition.
The Beach will be among a 39-team field at this year's NCAA West Regional in Seattle. The Beach will go up against Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, CSUN, California, Eastern Washington, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Hawai'I, Idaho, Loyola Marymout, Oregon, Oregon State, Pacific, Pepperdine, Portland, Portland State, Sacramento State, San Diego, San Diego State, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Seattle, Saint Mary's, Stanford, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, UNLV, USC, Washington and Washington State.
Live streaming of the NCAA Cross Country West Regional will be located on FloTrack.com. Live streak link: http://bit.ly/2gdMbNx
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LAST YEAR'S WEST REGIONAL
The Beach will be looking to improve from last year's performance at the NCAA West Regionalin Sacramento, Calif. The men's team finished in 28th place among 29 teams with 729 points, while the women's squad placed 35th of 35 teams with 1,056 points. Senior George Martinez was the top runner for the men's team crossing the line in 94th with a 10K time of 31:46.1.
BEACH AT BIG WEST CHAMPIONSHIP
The LBSU women's team finished in sixth place among nine teams with 150 points at the Big West Conference Championships in Riverside, Calif. Mikayla Florez paced the Beach with a personal best in the 6K with a time of 21:25.4. On the men's side, senior George Martinez earned All-Conference honors by finishing in ninth in the men's 8K, crossing the line with a personal best of 24:45.8. LBSU placed seventh among eight teams with 149 points.
LAST COMPETES AT HIGHLANDER INVITATIONAL
LBSU finished in fifth-place (13 teams) at the Highlander Invitational women's 5K, while the men's team placed eighth (15 teams) in the 6K. Senior George Martinez crossed the finish line in fourth among 122 runners in a time of 18:00.0, while redshirt junior Mikayla Florez came in 11th with a mark of 17:47.8.
BEACH TAKES SECOND IN LAS VEGAS
LBSU posted second-place finishes at the UNLV Invitational back on Sept. 23, at Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas. Senior George Martinez and junior Mikayla Florez were the top runners for the 49ers, recording sixth and third place finishes respectively. The men's team placed second with 47 points, falling behind team champion Utah Valley with 15 points. On the women's side, the Beach took second with 73 points, finishing ahead of meet host UNLV in third, USC in fourth and San Diego State in fifth.
MARTINEZ, FLOREZ NAMED BIG WEST ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Senior George Martinez and junior Mikayla Florez were named Big West Conference Cross Country Athletes of the Week (Sept. 26-Oct. 2) for their performances at the UNLV Invitational. Martinez finished in sixth-place, posting a time of 19:09 in the men's 6,000-meter race. The National City, Calif. native was the top runner for LBSU for the third time this season, leading the Beach to second with 47 points in Las Vegas. On the women's side, this was Florez's second Big West Athlete of the Week award this season after crossing the finish line with a personal-best in the 5K with a mark of 17:49. Florez beat her previous best by 23 seconds. The native from Riverbank, Calif. placed third among 66 runners, finishing nine seconds behind the second-place individual.
LBSU COMPETES IN RIVERSIDE
The LBSU men's and women's cross country teams took 22nd and 16th place finishes at the UC Riverside Invitational back on Sept. 16. The men's team scored 575 points among 32 teams in the men's 8,000-meter race, while the women collected 492 points among 29 teams in the women's 6K. Senior George Martinez led the way for the Beach, finishing in 89th with a time of 25:30.1, while redshirt junior Mikayla Florezcrossed the finish line in 56th (21:28.0).
BEACH OPENS SEASON AT PEPPERDINE
LBSU opened the 2017 campaign at the Pepperdine Invitational on Sept. 1, at Alumni Park in Malibu. Redshirt junior Mikayla Florez finished in first-place (14:41.96) among 44 runners in the women's 4K, leading the Beach to five duel meet wins over USC, Pepperdine, UC Irvine, CSUN and CSU Bakersfield. Senior George Martinez finished in sixth with a 5K time of 16:01.83, as the Beach fell in its three duel meets versus CSUN, Pepperdine and UC Irvine.
FLOREZ NAMED BIG WEST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Junior Mikayla Florez was named Big West Conference Athlete of the Week (Aug. 28-Sept. 3), taking home the first weekly honors for cross country. Florez captured first-place at the season-opening Pepperdine Invitational with a 4K time of 14:41.96, helping LBSU to five dual meet wins against USC, Pepperdine, UC Irvine, CSUN and CSU Bakersfield. The Riverbank, Calif. native became the first women's runner from the Beach to win a meet since Rose Del Toro claimed the Aztec Invitational back in 2010.
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