MALIBU, Calif. – CSU Bakersfield’s Angel Valdez finished ninth overall among 46 student-athletes from schools including USC, UC Irvine, and Long Beach State at the Pepperdine Invitational on Thursday afternoon. Valdez improved her personal best in 4k races with a time of 16:00.1 and has now led the ‘Runners in the past seven meets.

“Overall, we put together some great efforts,” said Marcia Mansur-Wentworth, Director of Cross Country at CSUB. “I’m proud of the team. Angel competed well and Paradise had a solid outing for her first collegiate race. Ariana struggled with a knee injury, but we have some time before our next meet.”

Valdez, a junior from Bakersfield, lowered her PR in 2016 after posting a time of 16:00.9 at the Pepperdine meet a year ago. The graduate of East High School used a strong performance to finish in the Top 10 on Thursday. Valdez has led the ‘Runners in each race since the start of her sophomore year and is hunting LaShya Morgan’s CSUB Division I record of 11-straight races.

Finishing second for the ‘Runners and 28th overall in Malibu was freshman Paradise Pelzer. The Bakersfield native and North High School graduate posted a time of 17:01.2 in her first collegiate race. Senior Tori Blackmon crossed the line third for CSUB with a time of 18:29.4 while fellow senior Ariana Mariscal came in one place behind Blackmon at 18:53.0. Freshman Irma Torres rounded out the CSUB scoring five with a time of 19:42.3.

CSUB will be back in action Oct. 1 when the ‘Runners head to The Master’s College’s Mustang Challenge. The 5k race will be run early in the morning in Santa Clarita, Calif. Full results for the Pepperdine Invitational can be found in the linked PDF.