UCLA Women Ranked No. 18 In This Week's National Top 25
Oct. 2, 2001
UCLA cross country head coach Eric Peterson on Friday (Oct. 5) will send the UCLAWomen's 'B' team and the Bruin men's varsity, without senior standout runner Bryan Green, to the Arizona State Invitational. Held at Freestone Park in Gilbert, AZ, the women's and men's open race will start at 4 p.m. PT, the women's invitational 5000m will begin at 4:45 p.m. PT and the men's invitational 8000m will start at 5:15 p.m. PT.
The UCLA women's 'B' team will consist of only five runners, while the Bruin men'svarsity will send 11 runners, not including Green and sophomore Jon Rankin (injured). Green and the women's varsity will remain in Westwood, training for the upcoming NCAA Preview meet on Saturday, Oct. 13, in Greenville, SC and hosted by Furman. The course will be the site of the 2001 NCAA Championships, held Monday, Nov. 19 in Greenville, SC.
In this week's (Oct. 2) National Top 25 for Women, the Bruins are ranked No. 18. The week before, the UCLA women received votes for the Top 25.
Along with UCLA, teams competing at the Arizona State Invitational include - No. 2Stanford women and men, the No. 10 men's squad from Northern Arizona and the No. 4 (tied)women's team and No. 15 men's squad from host Arizona State. In all, 12 schools will be competing for the team titles.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, Arizona State will also host the 2001 Pacific-10 Championships, at thePavilion Lakes Golf Course in Gilbert, AZ.
At Griak Invite on Sept. 29
Last Saturday (Sept. 29), the Bruin varsity women's and men's teams competed at the Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota and held at the Lee Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul, MN. The Griak Invite is one of the nation's top collegiate cross country meets.
In the women's team standings (32 teams), the Bruins placed eighth, with 276 points. Theteam winner was No. 4 Arizona State, with 109, followed by No. 7 Providence (139), No. 9 Arizona(167), No. 12 Colorado State (188) and No. 13 Michigan State (194). The individual winner over the6000m course was Washington senior Sabrina Monro (20:12.9).
UCLA had four women finish in the Top 100 (out of 300). Leading the Bruins for the thirdstraight meet was freshman Alejandra Barrientos, who placed 21st, finishing the 6000m course in21:27.6. Also placing in the Top 100 for the Bruin women were - sophomore Valerie Flores (32nd,21:48.3), freshman Lori Mann (53rd, 22:04.2) and junior Elaine Canchola (71st, 22:18.3). UCLA'sother top runners were freshman Carolyn Shea (103rd, 22:33.7), sophomore Tiffany Burgess (175th,23:04.9) and sophomore Jessica Marr (183rd, 23:09.8).
In the men's team standings (out of 36 teams), UCLA placed 30th, with 806 points. The men'steam winner was No. 4 Wisconsin, with 129, followed by No. 6 Portland (167), No. 7 Providence(189), No. 11 Colorado State (192) and No. 13 Duke (212). The individual winner over the 8,000mcourse was Wisconsin freshman Matt Tegenkamp (23:58.0).
In a field of 311 runners, leading the Bruins were freshman Ben Aragon and Green. Aragonplaced 112th (25:27.5) and Green, suffering from a respiratory infection, finished 150th (25:42.6). It'sthe first time in two years, not counting the 2000 NCAA Championships that Green has not finishedin the Top 10.
UCLA's other top runners were freshman Puneet Mahan (184th, 25:52.7), freshman RobertKubler (193rd, 25:57.2), junior Phil Young (203rd, 25:59.9), freshman Seth Neumuller (220th, 26:09.3)and senior Justin Patananan (239th, 26:21.0).
The Bruin men's team, possibly for the rest of the season, will be without Rankin. Asophomore from Monte Vista HS in Spring Valley, Rankin won the 1500m at last summer's U. S.Junior meet and was recently diagnosed with a stress fracture.
2001 UCLA WOMEN'S/MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY SCHEDULE/ RESULTSSat., Sept. 1 at CS Fullerton Invitational (women, 2nd/men, 3rd)Sat., Sept. 8 at UC Irvine Invitational (UCLA 'B' Teams - women, 5th/men, 10th)Sat., Sept. 22 at Sundodger Invitational (Seattle, WA)(women 2nd/men 3rd)Sat., Sept. 29 at Roy Griak Invitational (Minneapolis, MN)(women 8th/men 30th)Fri., Oct. 5 at Arizona State InvitationalSat., Oct. 13 at NCAA Preview Meet (Greenville, SC)Fri., Oct. 19 at CS Fullerton InvitationalSat., Oct. 27 at Pacific-10 Championship (Tempe, AZ)Sat., Nov. 10 at NCAA West Region Qualifying (Tucson, AZ)Mon., Nov. 19 at NCAA Championship (Greenville, SC)