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Del Toro makes historic run for Long Beach

Former Vaquero is first 49er to win Big West individual title

Riley recovers from scary injury.

November 01, 2011|By Grant Gordon,

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

Rosa Del Toro (Glendale Community College, 2010) senior, Long Beach State cross-country: A former standout at Glendale Community College who aided the Vaqueros ascent to state glory, Del Toro put her name into the Long Beach history books as she ran to a Big West cross-country individual title Saturday.

The 49er standout took first in the women's 6K run upon the UC Riverside Agricultural Course in a time of 20 minutes 27 seconds.


In the process, she became the first individual in the history of the program to take home a Big West conference title. Her time — which gave her a six-second win — was also a new school record.

Del Toro's teammate, Nina Moore, another former GCC runner, took 11th at the conference championships as Long Beach took second behind UC Davis. Moore's 21:07.3 mark was also a personal-best.

"Very exciting day," 49er Coach Patrick Cunniff told the school's website. "Clearly a sign that our program is taking the right steps forward. To have Rosa win an individual title represents us in a great way and we're incredibly proud on how she ran."

In the men's 8K race, Crescenta Valley High graduate Brett Matejka was 22nd overall for a fifth-place UC Irvine squad. Matejka was his team's No. 2 runner at 24:42.3.

Dietrich Riley (St. Francis High, 2010) sophomore, UCLA football: As his Bruins were putting the finishing touches on a bounce back win over Cal at the Rose Bowl on Saturday, Riley suffered a scare, as he was carted off the field with a neck injury. But, according to a report from, the safety was released from Huntington Hospital and was with the team for film sessions Sunday afternoon.

"Everything has checked out fine," UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel told "He was here today and looked great and says he's ready to go. The doctors want to be careful and they'll look at him tomorrow and we'll see about his availability for this week, but to hear Dietrich and to see Dietrich, you'd say he's going to be just fine."

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