Cross Country Heads To Sacramento For NCAA West Regional
Races to take place at Haggin Oaks Golf Club
2016 LONG BEACH STATE CROSS COUNTRY
Meet No. 6
at NCAA West Regional
Hosted by Sacramento State
Friday, Nov. 11
Haggin Oaks Golf Club
Women's 6K - 11 a.m.
Men's 10K - 12 p.m.
The Long Beach State men's and women's cross country teams closes out the 2016 season at the NCAA West Regional this Friday (Nov. 11) at Haggin Oaks Golf Club in Sacramento, Calif. The women's 6,000-meter is scheduled to start at 11 a.m., while the men's 10K will begin at 12 p.m.
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. 14) for at-large selections. The top 25 runners in each race receive All-Region recognition.
LBSU will be among a 39-team field at this year's NCAA West Regional in Seattle. The 49ers 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.
LBSU COMPETES AT HIGHLANDER INVITATIONAL
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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