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Cross Country Heads To Sacramento For NCAA West Regional

Junior Chris Enriquez and senior Hillary Zator will lead the 49ers at this Friday's NCAA West Regional in Sacramento. (Photo by Andy Sythe)

Nov. 13, 2013

Meet No. 6
at NCAA West Regional
Hosted by Sacramento State
Friday, Nov. 15
Haggin Oaks Golf Club
Sacramento, Calif. 

Men's 10K - 10:30 a.m. (PST)
Women's 6K - 11:45 a.m. (PST)

2013 NCAA West Regional Information

The Long Beach State men's and women's cross country teams heads to Sacramento to take part in the NCAA West Regional hosted by Sacramento State on Friday, Nov. 15. The men's 10,000-meter race is scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. start, while the women's 6K will begin at 11:45 a.m. Both races will take place at the Haggin Oaks Golf Club in Sacramento.

LBSU will be among a 37-team field at this year's NCAA West Regional in Sacramento. The 49ers will compete against Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, California, Eastern Washington, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Idaho, Loyola Marymount, 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, Washington and Washington State.

The 49ers will be looking to improve from its performances at last year's NCAA West Regional in Seattle, Wash., where the women's team finished in 18th place (28 teams) with 523 points and the men's squad placed 23rd (26 teams) with 611 points. Former 49er Alisia Barajas led the way for the women's team, crossing the finish line in the 6K race in a time of 21:06, while Jared Long was the top runner for the men in the 10K meet, finishing with a time of 31:20.

"The NCAA Regional meet is the culmination of months and sometimes years of hard work and persistence," 49er distance coach Patrick Wales-Dinan said.  "This team is a collective group of men and women who have worked harder than ever before and are ready to meet the challenge that is the west region. Both teams are coming off great performances at the Big West Championships finishing fourth, one position higher than their 2012 finish respectively. Given that each team is running three and four freshman, this was an exciting result and one that bodes well for the future. This weekend both groups are looking to finish in the top-15 and gain position on their Big West opponents. Additionally, I am excited about Chris Enriquez and Hillary Zator. Both have run exceptionally well this season and have earned the opportunity to compete for a top-20 placing and potentially a trip to the NCAA Championships. Our athletes are prepared to race their hearts out and have worked for the chance to lay it on the line in Sacramento."

LBSU is coming off fourth-place finishes for both teams at the Big West Conference Championships in San Luis Obispo last week. The women's team finished with 125 points, while the men collected 118 points. Senior Hillary Zator and junior Chris Enriquez led the way for the 49ers as both runners placed fifth in their respective races. Zator crossed the finish line in the women's 6,000-meter race in a time of 22:00.3, while Enriquez ran the men's 8K course in a time of 25:34.3. This was the highest finish for both teams since 2011, when the women's squad placed second (61 pts.) and the men's team finished in third (69).

Fans can follow the 49er cross country team throughout the season on Facebook at Long Beach State Track & Field/Cross Country.



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