Aztecs race in NCAA West regionals on Friday

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego State Cross Country Team will wrap up its 2021 regular season at the NCAA West Regionals on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. PT. The race will be held at the Haggin Oaks Golf Resort in Sacramento, California.

The Aztecs will send eight runners and then decide which seven will run: Emilie Burd, Amber Elias, Lauren Harper, Jessica kain, Alex lomeli, Carlene Masar, Nicole meyer and Naomi smitham.

The forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with mid-1950s temperatures and minimal wind.

The course follows an exterior and interior horseshoe design. Almost all of the race on the flat course will take place on well-maintained fairways.

Coach Lusitana gives preview

“At the start of the season, the team set goals for the season that focused on this competition. We have a strong squad who have worked extremely hard all year and as a team we have accomplished a lot. This year we have nine college students – athletes who worked hard enough to deserve to compete in this competition, but unfortunately the NCAA rules only allow us to run seven.

The team is fit, motivated and excited about the opportunity this race represents for them. Because our conference is one of the best in the country for cross country, we saw the type of high level competition that we will see on Friday. The two major differences between this race and the conference meeting are that there are 36 teams and around 250 riders and we are racing at sea level. “

Aztec scenarios

• SDSU finished eighth at the Mountain West Championships two weeks ago.
• First-year student Nicole meyer was the first Aztec to cross the finish line in 21: 56.7 (60e place). It was the first time Meyer finished in the top three among Aztec runners.
• Amber Elias was the second Aztec to complete, her career best result among SDSU riders.
• Emilie Burd finished third among Aztec runners, his fourth time in the top three for SDSU.
• Jessica kain has been the top Aztec finisher in the last five of the last seven races she has competed in.
• Kain, Carlene Masar, Burd, Lauren Harper, Elias and Naomi smitham all set their career best 6,000 times at the Stump Invitational on September 10.

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