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September 24, 2008 > Hit the trails

Hit the trails

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

The Pioneers of Cal State East Bay are back on the trails this cross country season. The past five years the pioneers have been the team to beat in the Cal Pacific Conference. The women's team has captured five consecutive conference titles. Both the men's and women's teams won the conference championship in 2007.

Despite their past accomplishments, 2008 is a rebuilding season for these trailblazers. Gone from last year's women's team is All-Conference standouts Adilene Sanchez, Jin-Mee Leal, Yesenia Esparza and Annie Sien; Meanwhile, the men lost key All-Conference runners Marcos Gomer, Landry Daniels, Russ Burkholder and John Erlandson.

Both programs now rely on underclassmen and inexperienced juniors for scoring. The women are led by freshman Kelly Guerro. Guerro finished fifth at the Stanislaus Invite on September 6. Her top-five placing helped the team to finish second overall. Other top runners at the invite were Nancy Velazquez, Bernadette Lu and Johnna Hotchkiss. The Pioneer men are led by last year's All-Conference runners Elliot Nicholson and Andrew Welch.

CSEB Men and Women 2008 Cross Country Schedule
Date Opponent Place Time
Saturday, Sept 27, Stanford Invite, Palo Alto, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 4, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz., 5 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 10, Cal Pac Pre-Meet, Simpson University at Redding, 1 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 18, Santa Clara Invite, Santa Clara, 10 a.m.
Friday, Oct. 31, Cal Pac Championship, Simpson University, 1 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 8, Jamba Juice Run, San Francisco, 8 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 15, NAIA Nationals, Kenosha, Wisc., 10:30 a.m.

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