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Del Toro wins Aztec Invitational

Former GCC standouts Del Toro, Moore excel for LBSU

Boukidis heads in first goal, game-winner for NIU.

September 21, 2010|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

GLENDALE — The following are updates on area athletes at the collegiate level.

Rosa Del Toro (Glendale Community College, 2010) Long Beach State junior cross-country runner: Making her official debut for Long Beach State on Saturday, Del Toro dazzled to the tune of a first-place finish at the 66th annual Aztec Invitational at Balboa Park in San Diego.

In the women's 5,000-meter invite, Del Toro finished in 18 minutes 2.3 seconds, more than three seconds in front of the second-place finisher and nearly 12 seconds in front of the third-place runner.

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Del Toro's efforts led Long Beach State to a second-place effort of 61 points, just behind Brigham Young's tally of 55.

Del Toro, a member of last season's Glendale Community College state cross-country champion, is on quite a run of individual success.

In the spring, her last race for GCC saw her win an individual state title in the 1,500, and on Sept. 4, running unattached at the Fullerton Season Opener, she finished fifth overall.

Del Toro looks to continue her good fortune against likely the toughest field LBSU has seen all season, on Saturday at the Stanford Invitational.

Nina Moore (Glendale Community College, 2010) Long Beach State sophomore cross-country runner: The reigning state individual champion at the junior college level, the former Vaqueros standout is doing very well at the next level.

Moore, who along with fellow Glendale Community College transfer Rosa Del Toro was delayed becoming an official member of the Long Beach State squad due to paperwork snafus, made her official LBSU debut and took second behind Del Toro at the Aztec Invitational in San Diego on Saturday.

Moore finished in 18:05.6, helping Long Beach to a second-place team finish in the meet.

It was Moore's second race of the season after finishing sixth at the Fullerton Season Opener on Sept. 4.

Next up for Moore and Long Beach will be Saturday's Stanford Invitational.

Frances Boukidis (Crescenta Valley High, 2010) Northern Illinois freshman soccer player: Last season's Pacific League Most Valuable Player picked an opportune time to score her first collegiate goal.

On senior day of all things, the freshman tallied a goal in the 53rd minute that stood as the game-winner in a 1-0 victory over Green Bay on Sunday.

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