The Long Beach State cross country team competed in the Big West Conference Championships Saturday. Freshman Tyler Spencer recorded the fastest time (24:50.5) of any Long Beach runner at the Championships since 2013. He was also the fastest freshman in the conference. Spencer achieved his goal of finishing in the top 10 with an eighth place finish. He set his second personal record in four meets this season, and helped the 49ers obtain fifth place as a team at the conference championships. “I just wanted to come out and compete for my team and it ended up better than I expected so that was cool,” Spencer said via LBSU Athletics. Until Saturday, no male or female 49er had finished in the top 10 in any meet this season. Spencer is now tied with senior Trevor Stangle (25:46.8, 25th place) with two team-best finishes this year, an impressive feat for a freshman The 49ers came in 7th overall in the 6K women’s race, led by sophomore Mauren Fitzsimmons (22:54.1, 26th place). It was the first time this year Fitzsimmons led the 49ers in a meet. Senior captain Mikayla Florez (23:37.7, 42nd place) was the second team member to finish, despite recovering
Long Beach State cross country teams concluded its 2017 campaign over the weekend at the NCAA West Regional at Jefferson Park Golf Course. “I accomplished a lot this season,” senior George Martinez said. “Even though I tied my same time as last year, in the end, I was happy.” Martinez finished first for Long Beach on the men’s side, ran a 31:46.3 and placed 111st overall among 205 other runners. This wasn’t only Martinez’s last race of the season, but the final race of his athletic career. “I’m sad of course, it’s seven years of my life I devoted to running,” Martinez said. “I’m going to miss it but I’ll continue to run on my own when I can.” Martinez competed in cross country at the high school, junior and state college level. He ended his career at Long Beach as the top male runner and a key member to the team. “George is the only one who has ever ran a 10k before,” cross country coach Shawn Winget said. “The inexperience with the other guys really showed.” Winget believed even though most of the men were did pretty well in the beginning of the race, they weren’t used
Long Beach State cross country keeps moving forward as the women finish the Big West Conference Cross Country Championships in sixth place overall, improving by three positions from last year’s race. LBSU men’s and women’s cross country are wrapping up the season with only one race left to go after running in the Championship at the UCR Agricultural Operations Course on Saturday, Oct. 28th. “We tried to put a little more emphasis on the meets,” Cross Country/Distance Coach Shawn Winget said. “When we put more emphasis on every competition, when we get to the ones that count there is improvement.” Winget talked about the overall team improvement this season and about the whole dynamic of the team being more focused on training and staying healthy. “We placed higher expectations on ourselves, higher goals,” Winget said. “With everyone improving their places it makes a big difference.” The biggest improvement overall was seen in the women’s team finishing the Big West with 150 points overall. Winget commended the team for working so well together and having the tightest bond he’s ever seen. Improvement has also been noticed in returning member, junior Mikayla Florez beating her personal best once again this season in
Long Beach State’s cross country teams raced through the finish line Saturday, with new individual running times to show in the record. Senior George Martinez and junior Mikayla Florez achieved their personal best this past weekend, as they surpassed their previous times in the 6K and 5K races. The LBSU men’s and women’s meet was held at the Highlander Invitational at UC Riverside’s Agricultural Operations Course. The men ran the 6K, coming in eighth out of 13 teams with a total of 163 points, while the women took home fifth out of 16 teams in the 5K race with an overall score of 142 points. Martinez surpassed his personal best at 18:0.0 in fourth place, a mere two seconds behind the third place winner. Other notable runners for LBSU include freshmen runners Ezra Sotelo (34th, 18:38.1) and Joey Del Valle Rutherford (36th, 18:40.3) who finished 34th and 36th, respectively. For the junior runners, Faustino Diaz took home 42nd place at 18:46.5, while Patrick Burciago came in 56th place with a time of 19:02.5. Not far behind was Trevor Stangle running a 19:26.8 for 77th place. Florez placed 11th overall for the women, beating her old time of 17:48.0 earning a
The Long Beach State cross country program had four runners finish in the top-10 during Saturday’s meet in Las Vegas. Both the men’s and women’s teams placed second, with the men’s taking 47 points as women’s scored 73 points, in the UNLV Invitational at the Craig Ranch Regional Park. In last week’s UC Riverside Invitational meet, the team was not accustomed to the distance of the course as it was longer by 2,000 meters for the women and 3,000 meters for the men. It made it more difficult for the runners, which impacted their results in Riverside, however, in the UNLV invitational, lbsu revealed that they're buckling up and settling in as a team. LBSU junior Mikayla Florez finished in third place in the 5,000-meter course, setting a personal best of 17:49 and beating her previous record by 23 seconds. Sophomore Julie Vargas ran a 18:25 in the course finishing in 13th place, while junior Alexis Ceballos crossed the finish line in 18th place with a time of 18:42, rounding up the top-3 for LBSU on the women’s side. The top woman finisher was Utah Valley’s senior McKayla Walker at 17:32, earning the Wolverines a dominating 18 points in the
The Long Beach State cross-country team wasted no time hitting its stride in the 2017 season as the women won both team and individual honors at the Pepperdine Invitational on Friday. Junior Mikayla Florez crossed the finish line first out of 44 other runners, securing her first collegiate win at Alumni Park. “I didn’t really have too many expectations since this is a completely new team, so I was just trying to go out there and see where we stood,” Florez said. “I really wanted all of us to be in the front which we pretty much were, and it was great to start out.” Florez set the winning pace in the 4K with a personal best 14:41.96, while freshman Mauren Fitzsimmons placed sixth (15:09.92) and junior Alexis Ceballos finished eighth (15:19.39) in both of their LBSU debuts. Three runners in the top-10 was more than enough to outscore all five of their opponents including CSUN, CSU Bakersfield, Pepperdine, UC Irvine and USC. “It’s always fun to win and it’s a great way to start the season,” second-year head coach Shawn Winget. “Now that we’ve tasted steak we don’t want to go back to eating burgers.” The men’s team didn’t
On Saturday, LBSU seniors Cameron Ford and Pauline Mandel once again led the men’s and women’s cross country teams at the Highlander Invitational at UC Riverside’s Agricultural Operations Course. Mandel finished 20th in the 59-runner field with a time of 18:18.14 to pace the women’s team in the 5k competition. The women’s team finished last in the 7-team race. Following Mandel, senior Ashley Carrera finished in 26th with a time of 18:31.25. She was followed by freshmen Julie Vargas (19:29.80) and Christie Nesbit (19:31.28) who took 49th and 50th respectively. Rounding out the women’s team, sophomore Charlotte Utash finished in 58th (22:17.51) and senior Jodi Lambert (24:11.47) finished in 59th place. San Diego State took the women’s overall title with 46 points on the day. On the men’s side, Ford finished in 10th place with a time of 18:19.36. He was followed by senior Emilio Nunez (18:26.87) who took 14th. Junior George Martinez (18:34.46) followed in 18th place while freshman Patrick Burciago (19:42.38), junior Jacob Orozco (19:54.63) and junior Kaden Latham (20:01.68) finished in 45th to round out the men’s side. In the 6k event, LBSU took fourth place in the 5-team competition. The 49ers will be back in action
For the first time this season, all Long Beach State athletic teams will be away from home. The week is headlined by the women’s volleyball team as they take on UC Davis to open Big West conference play tonight at 7 in Davis. After an inauspicious start, the 49ers (6-7) take on the Aggies (7-6), an opponent as LBSU has never lost to in 23 contests. LBSU is looking to bounce back from last weekend when the team went 1-2, dropping games to University of San Diego and San Diego State at the USD/SDSU Invitational. The losses were a combination of mistakes and miscues that compiled to make things hard for the team. “We do some really good play and we do something really good things, better than most teams can do,” head coach Brian Gimmillaro said. “Then we make mistakes that cause our team to lose focus because the negative seems to snowball. Our good things our really good, but our negative things are dragging us down.” After their trip up north, the 49ers will head to UC Irvine to take on the Anteaters Saturday at 7 p.m. “Hopefully we continue to improve and minimize the mistakes,” Gimmillaro said.