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Kurt Lutz off to fast start at San Francisco State

Men's cross-country athlete wins season-opening meet. Verso scores winning goal for Stanford.

September 11, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Former Glendale Community College cross-country runner Kurt Lutz is having a strong junior year with San Francisco State.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Former Glendale Community College cross-country… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

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

Kurt Lutz (Glendale Community College, 2013) junior, San Francisco State men’s cross-country: After helping the Vaqueros to a second-place finish in the California Community College Athletic Assn. Championships last season, Lutz has taken his talent north and appears to have made a seamless transition.

Lutz immediately showed he’s ready for the rigorous competition at the four-year level.

Lutz began his career with the Gators on Saturday by clocking 26 minutes 48 seconds to capture the Crystal Springs Invitational in Belmont. Forty-four participants competed in the 8K race, with Lutz winning by three seconds. Lutz also helped San Francisco State win the five-team meet with 22 points.

For his effort on the course, Lutz was selected as the California Collegiate Athletic Assn.’s Men's Cross-Country Runner of the Week.

San Francisco State will next compete in the third annual Sonoma State Invitational at 9:45 a.m. Sept. 21 at Spring Lake Regional Park in Santa Rosa.

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Eric Verso (St. Francis High, 2011) sophomore midfielder, Stanford men’s soccer: Verso, a former All-Area honoree, played a large role in helping the Cardinal win their first match of the campaign.

Verso scored on a follow-up shot in the 10th minute to propel host Stanford to a 1-0 nonconference victory against Santa Clara on Saturday. He had a couple of scoring chances earlier before capitalizing when he scored on a rebound after his previous shot hit the crossbar.

It was Verso’s first goal of the season and helped Stanford improve to 1-1-1.

Verso and his younger brother, Mark, a freshman forward and a St. Francis graduate, combined for four shots. Three of the shots were on goal.

Stanford will next meet visiting Grand Canyon University at 7 p.m. Friday in a nonconference match.

Alyssa Selve (Glendale Community College, 2012) senior, Adams State women’s cross-country: Expectations continue to remain high for the Grizzlies, who entered the season as the top-ranked team in the NCAA Division II South Central Region. Selve, who earned All-American honors last season, and Adams State wasted no time showing why they deserve top billing.

Selve finished with a fourth-place mark of 18 minutes 21.23 seconds Saturday on the 6K course in the 20th annual Joe I. Vigil Open at Cattails Country Club in Alamosa, Colo.

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