BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – After a year that saw records broken and new standards of success established, the CSU Bakersfield cross country team is preparing for the upcoming season. On Tuesday, the Roadrunners' Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, Marcia Mansur-Wentworth, announced the 2017 season schedule.
“I put together a schedule that would allow our team to be successful and have good competition,” said Mansur-Wentworth when asked about next year's slate. “Angel Valdez is returning for her senior year and has her eye set on another record-setting season.”
Mansur-Wentworth, Valdez, and the ‘Runners will open the year Sept. 1 in Malibu, Calif. at the Pepperdine Invitational. CSUB will then head to the Fresno State Invitational Sept. 9.
The 'Runners will conclude September at Master's University's Mustang Challenge in Santa Clarita, Calif. For the final tune-up of the regular season, CSUB will visit Santa Clara, Calif. for the Bronco Challenge.
The 2017 Western Athletic Conference Championships are scheduled for Oct. 28 and will feature CSUB's opportunity to compete for WAC honors. Valdez finished 11th at the Championships a year ago, earned CSUB's first-ever All-WAC award in cross country, and will attempt to approve upon her result in Las Cruces, N.M. this fall.
The final item on the 2017 agenda for CSUB cross country is the NCAA West Regional, set for Nov. 10 in Seattle, Wash. Sophomore Paradise Pelzer joined Valdez at Regionals a year ago and CSUB's top ‘Runners will tackle the competition again in 2017.