Season Opener Draws 500

Sept. 1, 2010

Brea, Calif. - More than 500 runners -- 281 women and 238 men -- are entered in the 2010 Season Opener Cross Country Meet hosted Saturday at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea by Cal State Fullerton.

A total of 23 teams of women and 20 men's teams plus dozens of unattached runners will challenge the 6K women's course and the 8K men's course. The women's race begins at 8 a.m. while the men's race starts at 9 a.m.

Four-year colleges in the races are: Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly, UCLA, Cal Lutheran, Whittier, Vanguard, The Master's, Redlands, Loyola Marymount, LaVerne and Cal Baptist for men and women while Long Beach State will run only in the men's race and Cal State San Bernardino only in the women's event. Several community colleges also are entered. Cal Baptist will be competing for the first time since a tragic van accident near Bishop in early August killed the cheerleading coach and injured numerous runners, several seriously.

There is no admission charge for the meet but the county park does charge \$5 per vehicle for parking. The park is located on Carbon Canyon Road, approximately 5 miles northeast of the CSF campus.

Cal State Fullerton is forecast for a seventh-place finish by both the men and women in the Big West Conference Championship meet on Oct. 30 in a poll of the league coaches. Defending champion Cal Poly is a unanimous pick for the men while UC Santa Barbara edged UC Davis in the women's balloting.


Big West Conference Release and Polls