SEATTLE - The CSU Bakersfield cross country team concluded the 2012 season on Friday with two Roadrunners competing at the NCAA Division I West Regional meet, which was hosted by the University of Washington.
Running her last race for CSUB, senior Jazmin Lopez (Baldwin Park, Calif., Mt. San Antonio College) clocked a time of 22:53 on the 6K course at Jefferson Gold Course to take 177th place. Lopez paced the 'Runners throughout her senior season, including finishing as the fastest Roadrunner in CSUB's first-ever Great West Conference Championship meet when she place 12th on Oct. 27 in Chicago.
"The race offered us some great exposure as well as the opportunity to realize what it takes to be a top-tier program and athlete," said CSUB head coach Ashley Benson. "Jazmin ran really tough and finished her college cross country career on a high note."
CSUB junior Anaiz Ortiz (Jr., Palmdale, Calif., Antelope Valley College) was the second and final 'Runner competing in the West Regional and she clocked a time of 26:01 to place 207th. The meet capped off Ortiz's first season with CSUB after transferring from Antelope Valley. It should also prove to be a great learning experience for Ortiz as she will return to lead the Roadrunners next season.
Oregon's Jordan Hasay took first in the individual standings with a time of 19:16 and helped the Ducks win the regional team title as well.
The 2012 season marked cross country team's first and last as a member of the Great West Conference as the CSUB accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference as an institutional member effective beginning with the 2013-14 seasons.