BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The peak of the 2016 cross country season has arrived as the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners will travel to Seattle, Wash. for the Western Athletic Conference Championships. The winner-take-all 5k race is scheduled for 9 a.m., Oct. 29 at the Jefferson Park Golf Course.
Marcia Mansur-Wentworth, Director of Cross Country for CSUB, is looking to three of her core ‘Runners to post strong individual times, while junior Angel Valdez is expected to lead the way: “We’re a bit leaner than expected this fall with three of our top six out, but our team has worked very hard and has shown strength and character this fall.”
Last year, Valdez placed 27th, a CSUB all-time best in the WAC meet. Currently, Valdez ranks sixth for CSUB all-time in the 5k distance and Mansur-Wentworth expects her to take a serious jump up the depth chart pending good racing weather on Saturday. “Even in less than ideal conditions,” said Mansur-Wentworth, “Angel will improve upon her finish last year and, with a good race, should place in the Top 14 for All-WAC honors, also a CSUB first.”
Behind Valdez should be freshman and Bakersfield native Paradise Pelzer. “Paradise has run solid in the number two position all season,” said Mansur-Wentworth. “With a good race, I expect a Top 30 finish from Paradise.” Coach Mansur-Wentworth expects Tori Blackmon, Irma Torres, and Genny Medina to round out the scoring for the ‘Runners Saturday.
For full results and a recap after the WAC Championships, check back here at GoRunners.com after the race.