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Locals take to Stanford in droves

Del Toro, Moore turn in top-26 efforts at Saturday's Stanford invite cross- country meet

McDonald out for year.

September 28, 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 cross-country junior: Having already made a splash with a stellar unattached showing at the Fullerton Season Opener and by winning the Aztec Invitational just a week before Saturday's Stanford Invitational, Del Toro showed she could hold her own with some of the best competition in the nation.

The former community college cross-country and track and field state champion finished 22nd in 21 minutes 30 seconds in the women's 6,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational.

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Del Toro was Long Beach's top runner, as she has been in every race thus far this season — though she did not score at Fullerton as she was unattached — with the squad taking third with 127 points behind winner Stanford (41) and second-place California (86).

Also helping Long Beach's cause was another GCC transfer, Nina Moore. Moore the reigning junior college state individual champion, came to the finish line just six seconds after Del Toro, as the sophomore was 26th in 21:38.

Long Beach takes a break for nearly a month before returning to action on Oct. 16 with its schedule set to take runners to both the Santa Clara Invitational and the Pre-National Invitational in Indiana.

Del Toro and Moore, though the most successful, were certainly not the only runners with local ties at Stanford.

UC Irvine sophomore Carlotta Pham, a former All-Area standout at Crescenta Valley, finished 89th in 22:57. Pham was the No. 4 runner for Irvine, which took 11th with 309 points. Pham was joined by fellow CV grad and current UC Irvine teammate Shelby Pock. The former All-Area Runner of the Year was her team's No. 6 runner and crossed the line at 105th in 23:18.

Cal State Northridge's Zitalic Ley, a senior, was 112th overall in 23:30, as the Matadors finished 18th with 481 points, as Ley was their No. 2 finisher.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy graduate Erin Hartwig came along in 137th place in a time of 23:59. The Santa Clara sophomore was the fifth-place finisher on a Santa Clara squad that tallied 447 points and a 15th-place finish.

Zack Torres (Crescenta Valley High, 2008) UCLA cross-country sophomore: Torres and the Bruins took part in the prestigious Stanford Invitational on Saturday and the two-time former News-Press Male Athlete of the Year took 49th overall in the men's 8K race.

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