Matador Men and Women Both Place Eighth at Big West Cross Country Championships

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge posted a pair of eighth-place finishes at the 2011 Big West Cross Country Championships on Saturday as Ana Rosales led the women's squad and Cesar Lopez paced the men's team at the UCR Farm Course.

Both teams had come into the championship meet looking to improve on last season's finish but both finished in the exact same position as 2010. The women finished eighth out of nine teams while the men were eighth out of eight.

Ana Rosales had Northridge's top finish of the day as she finished in 38th-place in a time of 22:00.9. Rosales' time was over two minutes faster than her time on the same course last season. Yvonne Castillo-Urbina was 45th in 22:29.8, Araceli Zainos was 53rd in 22:57.4, Fany Alvarado was 55th in 23:04.3, Vanessa Carr was 68th in 24:04.8, LeGia Pendergraph was 71st in 24:35.7, Kendahl Waalk was 72nd in 24:40.5, Shane Mullany-Banks was 74th in 24:49.0 and Jasmine Cox was 76th in 25:38.4.

Castillo-Urbina and Alvarado also eclipsed their times from the 2010 championship meet at the Farm Course.

The women's squad finished with 230 points and an average time of 22:55.44.

In the men's 8k championship, the Matadors had a tough race as Lopez was the only CSUN runner to crack the top-60. Lopez wound up 54th in a time of 26:03.7. Hunter Hays, who was 42nd in 2010, finished 63rd in 26:39.3, Marvin Gonzales was 65th in 26:52.9, Ezekial Glass was 67th in 27:32.9, Tawei Ma was 68th in 27:45.8, Daniel Gonzales was 69th in 28:15.2, Julio Mora was 70th in 28:27.2, Masis Hagobian was 71st in 28:34.1 and Steven Gonzales was 72nd in 29:32.2.

Ma, Marvin Gonzales and Daniel Gonzales all ran faster times than they did at the 2010 conference championship meet.

As a team, the men finished with 256 points and an average time of 26:58.92.

UC Davis edged Long Beach State to win the women's team championship while the 49ers' Rosa Del Toro was the women's champion in a time of 20:27.0. Cal Poly took home the men's team title by a wide margin over second-place UC Santa Barbara. UC Riverside's Chad Hall was the men's champion in a time of 23:41.9.