BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—With one race under their belts, the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners will continue the 2016 cross country season in Santa Clarita, Calif. this weekend. Marcia Mansur-Wentworth, Director of Cross Country for CSUB, will take her team to compete in the Master’s University Mustang Challenge at Central Park on Saturday, Oct. 1.

The ‘Runners opened their season Sept. 1 at the Pepperdine Invitational in Malibu. Junior Angel Valdez led the ‘Runners for the seventh consecutive meet. Valdez finished ninth overall among 46 student-athletes from schools including USC, UC Irvine, and Long Beach State.

Paradise Pelzer finished second for the ‘Runners and 28th overall in her first collegiate race. Mansur-Wentworth expects both her junior standout and Pelzer to post fast times this weekend: “Angel and Paradise have been looking great in training and are confident going into Saturday’s race. They are training at a much higher level than ever before and are responding to all sessions well. I expect them to race very well on Saturday.”

Senior Tori Blackmon and freshman Irma Torres, will look to score points again for CSUB. Genny Medina and Heather Segrest will also vie for a Top 5 spot for the ‘Runners. “Tori has made improvements to her fitness level,” Mansur-Wentworth said. “Irma, Genny, and Heather round out our roster for this weekend.”

The ‘Runners will head to the line for an 8:45 a.m. start in Central Park on Saturday morning. The 5k race race will be CSUB's first of the year as the ladies aim to break into the school record books. Check back on for a full recap and results after the race.