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Del Toro goes out on top for Long Beach

Former Vaquero reaps all-region awards after finishing in top-25 in NCAA West Regional for 49ers on Nov. 12.

November 24, 2011|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

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

Rosa Del Toro (Glendale Community College, 2010) senior, Long Beach State cross-country: The former Vaquero finished off her collegiate career in the NCAA West Regional the way she started her senior season — out in front for Long Beach State.

Del Toro was the 49ers' top runner in the 6,000-meter race at Stanford Golf Course on Nov. 12, as she finished 19th overall in 20 minutes 49 seconds. She missed qualifying for the NCAA Championship by one place and one second.

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Long Beach took 11th place out of 31 teams with 332 points. Del Toro's current 49er and former teammate at GCC, Nina Moore, took 77th in 21:55.

The University of Washington grabbed the women's team title with 50 points and Jordan Hasay of Oregon won the women's race in 19:44.

"We're a little bit disappointed with our performances today," Long Beach Coach Patrick Cunniff told the school's website after the race. "But we're really proud and happy how our season as a whole went. Our runners competed hard at a very tough regional. We're very proud of Heath Reedy and Rosa Del Toro being our all-regional finishers and very proud of our student-athletes on how they competed throughout the season."

Reedy was the top finisher for Long Beach's men. He ran the 10K race in 29:52 for 18th place. The 49ers' men took ninth out of 25 teams with 288 points.

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association recognized Del Toro and Reedy with all-region awards for being among the top-25 individuals in the competition on Nov. 15.

"This is a great reflection of our program and our great student-athletes," Cunniff said. "To have two of our athletes finish in the top 25 and receive all-region honors is a great accomplishment for them and everyone involved with Long Beach State cross country."

Rian Younker (St. Francis High, 2009) Cal Lutheran football, junior: The Kingsmen fell to Linfield College in dramatic fashion Saturday, 30-27, in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs after a 38-yard field goal attempt by Cal Lutheran was blocked in the final 33 seconds.

Cal Lutheran (8-2) came back from a 17-point first-half deficit to give Linfield all it can handle. The Kingsmen's defense rallied, as their defensive back Justin Haulcy-Bateman returned an interception 14 yards for a touchdown, cutting the score to 30-27 in the fourth quarter.

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