September 26, 2013

Titans Travel to CSUSB Invite

CSUSB Invite Men's 8k Course Map (8:30 a.m.)

CSUSB Invite Women's 6k Course Map (9:15 a.m.)

FULLERTON, Calif. – The Cal State Fullerton men's and women's cross country squads continue the 2013 season this weekend on Saturday at the CSUSB Invite hosted by Cal State San Bernardino.

The men's 8k and the women's 6k course will be held at the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Training Academy in San Bernardino, Calif. The men's invite race will start at 8:30 a.m. followed by the women's invite race at 9:15 a.m.

CSUSB INVITE: The race will take place at San Bernardino County Sheriff's Training Academy (18000 Institution Road, San Bernardino, Calif., 92407).

THE COURSE: The course is 2K loops of 99 percent hard-packed dirt, rolling hills and a slight down hill to the finish.

RESULTS: Complete results will be posted on Fullertontitans.com.

MUSTANG CHALLENGE: Cal State Fullerton freshman Gilbert Solorza finished fifth overall to help the men's team to a second-place finish (53 points), while the women finished fourth (92 points) at the Mustang Challenge in Santa Clarita, Calif., last Saturday. 

Solorza was the first Titan runner across the line, completing the 8k course with a time of 25:15.1. The Buena Park, Calif., native has been the first Titan finisher in the first three meets for Fullerton this season. Freshman Jose Penaloza posted the second best time of 25:36.6 to finish ninth overall (9 points).

Daniel Ramirez (25:45.2) and Brandon Perry (25:49.7) were bunched closely in 10th and 13rd, respectively.

On the women's side, junior Tijerra Lynch finished in 21st with a time of 19:04.5 and freshman Arianna Fuentes finished right behind in 23rd place with a time of 19:07.8.

Freshman Amanda Crissinger (24th, 19:12.9), freshman Michelle Botello (26th, 19:19.1), freshman Abby Buckhoff (30th, 19:27.8) finished in the top 30.

Top 3 Men's Finishers at Mustang Challenge

Name             Overall Finish      Points        Time          

Gilbert Soloraza       6th                     6       25:15:15

Jose Penaloza           9th                     9       25:36.67

Daniel Ramirez          10th                10        25:45.25

 

Top 3 Women's Finishers at Mustang Challenge

Name          Overall Finish      Points        Time

Tijerra Lynch          21st                   16      19:04.58

Arianna Fuentes    23rd                   17      19:07.45

Amanda Crissinger 24th                   18      19:12.95

 

FRESHMEN MAKING AN IMPACT: In three collegiate races, Gilbert Solorza has recorded the fastest times for the Titan men. At the Mark Covert Classic, Solorza, a native of Buena Park, Calif., ran a 25:53.5 8k, which was 18 seconds faster than the next Titan finisher, and at the Fresno Invitational he ran a 20:02.9 four-mile. Most recently, Soloraza finished sixth (first among Titans) at the Mustang Challenge with a time of 25:15:15.

SECOND PLACE FINISH FOR TITAN WOMEN: After coming in second place behind Cal Poly in the Fresno Invitational, the Titan women tied their best meet team finish since the Northridge Invitational in 2010.

TEAM FINISH FOR MEN: The Titan men recorded a second place finish at the Mustang Challenge, which was the team's best finish since Sept. 3, 2011 when the team placed second at the Asics Season Opener.

LONGEST-TENURED COACH: As the 2013 season gets underway, cross country and track and field head coach John Elders enters his 26th season at the helm of each program making him the longest tenured head coach in the history of Cal State Fullerton.

Elders was tied with former fencing head coach Heizaburo Okawa (1982-2006) and former men's soccer coach Al Mistri (1981-2005) for 25 years of service at Fullerton. The Orange County native coaches cross country, women's indoor track and field, and men's and women's outdoor track and field, and is one of three current Titan head coaches who have graduated from Cal State Fullerton joining men's soccer head coach Bob Ammann and women's soccer head coach Demian Brown.

A LOOK AT THE 2013 TITANS: The men return five of the seven runners who competed at the conference championships, while the women return three. However, last season's top female runner Emily Taylor missed the conference championships due to an injury. The Titan men return 15 players from last season and add 13 newcomers. On the women's side, nine total runners return and ten freshmen join the 2013 roster.

SEASON PREVIEW: Cal State Fullerton head coach John Elders sat down with the sports information staff to discuss the upcoming 2013 season. Filmed by department videographer Matt Brown, fans can view the entire video via Youtube.com/CSFAthletics.