BAKERSFIELD, Calif.— Another season of CSU Bakersfield cross country is about to begin as the Roadrunners will continue to strive for improvement after a sound 2015 season. Marcia Mansur-Wentworth, Director of Cross Country for CSUB, has a deep squad this year with eight returners and five additional freshmen all ready to hit the courses this fall.
“We have some work to do but I expect this season to surpass last season and make some jumps on the CSUB depth charts for cross country.”
The ‘Runners will continue to rely on their upperclassmen to lead the way during the 2016 season. Junior Angel Valdez has consistently been the top performer for the ‘Runners. The Bakersfield native and East High School alumna finished first in six of her collegiate races thus far. Valdez will look to continue her streak of pacing the Roadrunners this season.
Also returning for Mansur-Wentworth are Ariana Mariscal and Tori Blackmon. Both women return to the team for their fourth and final season with the ‘Runners and will provide veteran leadership to CSUB’s incoming freshmen.
Coach Mansur-Wentworth will also be looking towards freshmen Paradise Pelzer and Irma Torres to finish among the top performers. Mansur-Wentworth expects Valdez, Mariscal, Pelzer, Blackmon and Torres to be her regular scorers this season.
Bakersfield opens its season Thursday at the Pepperdine Invitational in Malibu, Calif. “We are doing okay with training and this meet will serve as a good fitness indicator,” said Mansur-Wentworth. “Then we have almost a month to train hard for the Mustang Challenge and the rest of the season.”
Results and a full recap of the race put on by Pepperdine will be available Thursday evening. The ‘Runners will line up for a 4 p.m. start in Malibu.