Long Beach State Heads To Las Vegas In Cross Country Action
Big West Cross Country Weekly Release No. 4
Long Beach State is the lone cross country squad in competition this week as the Beach heads to Las Vegas for the UNLV Invitational.
LBSU will send a men’s and women’s contingent to Craig Ranch Regional Park which is in the northern part of the City of Lights. The men will run a 6K event while the women’s competition will be a 5K. The Beach, coming off a pair of top 20 finishes at the UC Riverside Invitational, will take a few weeks off following the UNLV Invitational as they are slated to compete in the Highlander Invitational on October 14.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
• UC Santa Barbara senior Jenna Hinkle was the top collegiate finisher at the UCR Invitational, crossing the finish line of the 6K in 19:59.1. Hinkle’s time was nearly 10 seconds better than the next collegian, second overall and a 35-second improvement over her previous best time at the Ag/Ops Course. Her peformance led the Gauchos to a fourth-place finish, the best showing of all Big West clubs.
• UC Davis’ Thomas Madden had a successful debut at the UCR Invitational, finishing fifth among DI runners in the 8K in 24:09.0. Madden was competing in his first race for the Aggies, coming onto the club as a graduate transfer from Virginia.
• UC Riverside senior Faith Makau put up an impressive showing at the UCR Invitational, finishing the 6K in fourth overall and third among DI runners with a time of 20:13.3. Makau’s showing was her best at the UCR Invitational and the eighth top-five finish of her career.
• The Cal State Fullerton men’s team had an impressive showing at the UCR Invitational as its third-place finish was best among Big West teams in competition. Sam Pimentel led the Titan contingent with a time of 24:50.1 over the 8K, the second time in as many races that the junior was the first CSF runner to cross the finish line.
• The updated regional rankings show a bit of a mix-up on both the men’s and women’s side for Big West clubs. On the men’s side, Cal Poly leads the way at #9, while Cal State Fullerton is holding steady at #15. The women’s rankings have Cal Poly at #11, UC Santa Barbara at #14 and for the first time this season, UC Riverside enters the regional rankings at #15.
• A familiar course hosts the 2017 Cross Country Championship as the Ag/Ops Course on the campus of UC Riverside will be the site of the league meet. The Championship returns to Ag/Ops after a one-year hiatus and for the sixth time in the last eight seasons.
Cal Poly will look to defend its dual Championship victories, the third time since 2012 that the Mustangs have swept the titles at the league meet. Cal Poly’s men’s team hasn’t hoisted the trophy at the Ag/Ops Course since 2012, while the women’s team won the last race at UCR in 2015. UC Santa Barbara’s men’s squad has enjoyed its recent runs at the Ag/Ops Course, winning the titles in 2014 and ‘15 and finishing in second in 2012.