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Anteaters Open 2011 Season Hosting Asics/UCI Invitational

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Anteaters Open 2011 Season Hosting Asics/UCI Invitational
UC Irvine is set to host the 2011 Asics/UCI Invitational Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Anteater Recreation Center (ARC) Fields. The women's 5K is slated with an 8:55 a.m. start time, while the men's 8K immediately follows at 9:25 a.m. Joining the Anteaters at this year's event are Big West foes Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State, along with Azusa Pacific, Claremont, Cal State Dominguez, Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State San Marcos, Cal State Bakersfield, Pepperdine, Southern Utah, USC, UC San Diego. Results for this event can be found at

UC Davis Competes With Cross-Town Rival
The UC Davis cross country team stays close to home this weekend to compete in the Hornet Jamboree hosted by Sacramento State on Saturday, Sept. 10. The women's 5K begins at 9:45 a.m. at the Sacramento Granite Regional Park, followed by the men's 4-mile run at 10:15 a.m. The Aggie men won the 2010 Hornet Jamboree title, while the women finished second, 10 points behind California. Individually, UC Davis claimed the top spot in both categories with Jon Peterson earning first place for the men with a time of 19:53 and Krista Drechsler crossing the finish line first for the women at 17:23.

On The Prowl
The Pacific Tigers women's cross country team is heading to the California coast to compete in the Humboldt Invite hosted by Humboldt State on Saturday, Sept. 10. The women are slated to participate in a 6K located in Trinidad, Calif.

LBSU Earns First Title In Two Years
Led by sophomore Heath Reedy, the Long Beach State men's cross country program claimed the Asics Fullerton Season Opener team title after recording 25 points. Four other 49ers also placed in the top 10. This was the first team title for the men's squad since winning the Bronco Invitational in 2009. The women, competing at the same meet at Carbon Canyon Park in Brea, placed second.

Cal Poly Sweeps Dual Meet
In the 2011 season opener for both Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara, the Mustangs won both the men's and women's event at the Lagoon Open, a dual meet between the central coast schools. The men won with scores of 22-35 and women claimed the top prize by a score of 25-30. Cal Polys Daniel Gonia posted a first place time of 24:19.8, while Vanessa Hancock finished second overall, but was the top collegiate competitor with a time of 17:22.1.

Aggie Win Home Meet
The UC Davis cross country team began the 2011 season by posting strong times against Sacramento State in the Aggie Open. The women's 4K race saw Krista Drechsler and Sarah Sumpter cross the line at 13:54 to lead the pack, while Sacramento State's Rachel Mitchell clocked in at 13:58 to finish just behind them. The UC Davis women would take the event with 21 points while Sacramento State scored 38 points.

On the men's side, Jonathan Peterson finished the 6K race in a time of 17:59, over 15 seconds faster than Sacramento State's Cole Younger who clocked in at 18:16 to finish second. The Aggie men finished with 23 points while the Hornets concluded the event with 36 points.

Long Beach State Sweeps Cross Country Honors
Long Beach State's Heath Reedy and Rosa Del Toro won their respective events at the Asics Fullerton Season Opener, earning them this season's first Big West Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors.

Reedy, a native of Clovis, Calif., was the first to cross the finish line with a top time of 25:0.4, finishing 11 seconds ahead of second place Tyler Reed of Cal State Fullerton. Reedy guided the 49ers to a team championship on the 8,000-meter course at Carbon Canyon Park.

Del Toro led the Long Beach State women's cross country team to a second place finish after winning the women's 6K with a time of 22:03.7. The Van Nuys, Calif., native bested the second place finisher, Karen Rosas of Glendale, by nearly five seconds.

Others nominated: Men - Dan Gonia (Cal Poly), Chad Hall (UC Riverside). Women - Vanessa Hancock (Cal Poly), Jaasmin Pina (UC Riverside), Katie Castro (Pacific)