Mariners Duel It Out At Mustang Challenge
Cross Country - Tue, Oct. 3, 2017
On Saturday the Mariners dueled it out in against some top programs at The Mustang Challenge in Santa Clarita. The women's team was again led by senior Ingrid Escobedo (SR/Long Beach, CA), making her through the 5k loop around Central Park in a time of 20:56. Freshman Vanessa Budde (FR/Austin, TX) would follow just a few seconds with a collegiate best 21:07. Faith Toler (SR/Long Beach, CA) who has been working through injuries as of late would finish 3rd for the Mariners, just missing the 23min barrier and stopping the clock at 23:03.
For the Men's team, Gerardo Salazar (JR/Long Beach, Calif.) made his debut for the navy and gold, turning in a gutsy performance and became the first Mariner this season to dip under the 27 minute mark. The clock would show 26:56 as Salazar made his way to the chute. Despite a slow start in the race, Trevor Wingate (SO/Statesboro, GA) would close out the 8k circuit averaging 5:25 for his last 4 miles in the race. He was not too far behind from Salazar and earned himself a solid time of 27:13. Both Noah Marino (JR/Huntington Beach, Calif.) and Zaki Payne (FR/Temecula, CA) had great performances and were able to improve their 8K bests.
"We had some great individual performances on the course today, we're still eyeing a race where the team performs well as a whole. We had plenty of improvement from our first competition in Riverside, so it's a good indicator that we are on the right track as we continue to hone in on our conference championships. We'll be racing on heavy legs this week but I believe we can still turn out some great races," said Head Coach Carlos Suarez.
The Mariners will be making the journey to San Marcos this weekend to take part in the Cougar Challenge held at CSUSM.