Cross Country Heads to Highlander Invitational

Jessica McCall (on right) and the Aztec resume action Saturday at the UC Riverside Highlander Invitational.
Oct. 15, 2014 SAN DIEGO -

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The San Diego State cross country team completes its final tune-up before the championship season this Saturday when it travels to Riverside, Calif., for the annual Highlander Invitational on the UC Riverside campus. The women's 5,000-meter race is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. PT on the UCR Agricultural Operations Course.

In addition to the host Highlanders and Aztecs, scheduled to compete on Saturday include Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, LA Trade Tech, Long Beach State, Pepperdine, Antelope Valley, UC Irvine and USC.

The UC Riverside course is 85 percent flat with a few rolling hills and hard-packed dirt with pre-competition watering to reduce dust. The course also goes through 100-year-old orange groves and eucalyptus trees.

To reach the Ag/Ops Course from the 215/60 freeway, exit Martin Luther King Boulevard and go west before turning left on Canyon Crest traffic light and travel approximately 300 meters to the course entrance.

SDSU is coming off a 10th-place finish at the Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif., way back on Sept. 27. In that race, sophomore Elaine Ribeiro was the team's top finisher in 44th out of 330 runners with a 6K time of in 22:10. Ribeiro was followed by Grace Hanshaw (65th, 22:34), Lily Seynaeve (72nd, 22:36), Rachel Roesgen (89th, 22:49), Chelsea Kruthers (103rd, 22:57), Dynasty Gammage (160th, 22:57), and Cassidy Towner (218th, 24:11).

Entered to run for San Diego State this weekend are Gammage, Hanshaw, Cali King, Kruthers, Jessica McCall, Dominique Regalado, Ribeiro, Roesgen, Hannah Sawatzki, Seynaeve, Towner and Melissa Wendorf.

Results will first be posted on FlashWest.com and later on GoAztecs.com.

Following this weekend's meet, the Aztecs will compete in the Mountain West Championships in Fresno, Calif., on Oct. 31 and the NCAA West Regional Championships in Stanford, Calif., on Nov. 14.

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