UCLA Women's Varsity To Compete At Titan Invite

Oct. 17, 2000

Eric Peterson's UCLA cross country teams will compete Friday (Oct. 20) atthe Titan Invitational, hosted by CS Fullerton and held on the Titan campus. TheUCLA women's varsity will compete, along with a Bruin men's 'B' team. Thewomen's 5000m race will start at 4:30 p.m. and the men's 8000m competition willbegin at 5 p.m.

The UCLA women's varsity did not compete in an invitational last Saturdayand trained through the weekend. Running for the Bruin women's varsity on Fridaywill be seniors, Christina Bowen, Katie Nuanes and Gina Donnelly, junior BridieHatch, sophomores, Kelly Grimes, Melissa McBain and Julia Barbour, along withfreshman Valerie Flores. Also running for the Bruins will be junior AlyndaFranco, sophomore Ysanne Williams and freshmen, Michelle Barrrack, JessicaMarr and Tiffany Burgess.

UCLA men's 'B' team will include seniors, Scott Abbott and Jonathan Lee,juniors, Andrew Wulf, Justin Patananan and Martin Brix, along with sophomorePhil Young.

Two weeks ago, the Bruin women won the Penn State Invitational. Bowen, fromDanville and Nuanes, from Santa Ana, led UCLA, placing second (21:27.34) andthird (21:28.92) over the 6000m course. Bowen has been the Bruin leader in fourof UCLA's five meets this fall, including individual collegiate wins at theFullerton (Sept. 2, 5000m) and Aztec (Sept. 16, San Diego, 5000m) Invites.

'We are using this meet as a tuneup for the Pac-10,' said Peterson, in hisseventh season coaching the Bruin women. 'The results from this meet will helpus with our final determination to see who runs at the Pac-10.'

Last Sunday (Oct. 15), the Bruin men's varsity cross country squad placedfourth at the Michigan Interregional, held in Ann Arbor, MI. Bruin junior BryanGreen paced UCLA by placing ninth on the 8000m course. The race was held on theUniversity of Michigan campus.UCLA placed fourth (out of 12 teams) with 115 points. Rounding out the Top Fivesquads were ' first-place Texas (77 points), second-place St. Francis (91),third-place Washington (94, ranked No. 20 in the U. S.), fourth-place UCLA andfifth-place Michigan (121, ranked No. 24 in the U. S.). The men's individualwinner was Michigan junior Mark Pilja, with a time of 24:42.

Green, from Palmdale, has led the Bruins this season, placing in the Top 10 inall five invitationals. His ninth-place time in Ann Arbor was 25:24.The Bruins had two other runners in the Top 20, senior Mason Moore was 13th(25:36) and freshman Jon Rankin was 18th (25:44). UCLA's other runners weresenior

Paul Muite (33rd, 26:16), junior Andrew Wulf (42nd, 26:28), junior JustinPatananan (59th, 26:46) and sophomore Phil Young (71st, 27:19).

'Texas and St. Francis ran their best races this season,' said Peterson, inhis first year coaching both the Bruin men's and women's cross country teams.'Neither team was ranked, but both of those squads are going to run very well intheir respective conferences and regions. Before the meet, if someone had toldme we were going to split up the ranked squads at the Michigan Interregional, Iwould have been very happy. That's exactly what the men did, finishing behindWashington but ahead of Michigan.

'On Sept. 23 at the Sun Dodger Invite in Seattle, we lost to both Washington andMichigan,' he said. 'In Ann Arbor, we got closer to Washington and beatMichigan. We have been getting better and improving week-to-week. The Pac-10meet (Oct. 28) is in Seattle on Washington's home course, so that will be a bigchallenge for us.'

After the Titan Invite, UCLA's two most important meets of the season areupcoming for the Bruin men's and women's squads ' Oct. 28 at the Pacific-10Championships in Seattle, WA and Nov. 11 at the NCAA Western Region Qualifyingin Fresno.

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