UCLA Wins Women's And Men's Team Titles At CS Fullerton CC Invite

Oct. 19, 2001

Eric Peterson's UCLA women and men's cross country teams captured the team titles on Friday (Oct. 19) at the CS Fullerton Invitational, held at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea. The Bruins also won both individual races, with freshman Ben Aragon capturing the men's 8000m and sophomore Lena Nilsson running to the women's 5000m title.

In the women's team scoring, UCLA, ranked this week No. 22 in the nation, won with 15 points, followed by Pepperdine (61), CS San Marcos (67), UC Santa Barbara 'B' (107) and Loyola Marymount (124).

Nilsson, running her first cross country race of the season, covered the 5000m course in 18:04.7. Last spring in outdoor track, Nilsson established herself as one of UCLA's top runners. In 800m competition, she placed ninth at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor and third at the 2001 Pac-10.

The Bruins placed five other runners in the Top 10 - sophomore Tiffany Burgess (second, 18:11.6), junior Julia Barbour (fourth, 18:23.1), freshman Carmen Winant (fifth, 18:25.4), junior Kelly Grimes (sixth, 18:38.2) and freshman Christine Atkins (ninth, 19:17.1).

In the men's team scoring, the Bruins won with 21 points, followed by the Men of Troy (40) and Pepperdine (83).

Aragon, who was also UCLA's top men's finisher at the Roy Griak Invite on Sept. 29 and at the Arizona State Invite (fourth-place) on Oct. 5, won the 8000m race in a time of 25:01.3.

The UCLA men had five other runners finish in the Top 10 - freshman Puneet Mahan (third, 25:44.4), freshman Seth Neumuller (seventh, 25:52.7), junior Phil Young (eighth, 25:56.2), senior Justin Patananan (ninth, 26:00.9) and freshman Reggie Oronoz (10th, 26:05.0). Senior Martin Brix was 11th (26:07.5).

UCLA's top women's runners, freshman Alejandra Barrientos, junior Elaine Canchola and sophomore Valerie Flores, along with UCLA's top men's competitor, senior Bryan Green, did not compete. They are training through the weekend, preparing for the upcoming 2001 Pacific-10 Championships, on Sat., Oct. 27 at Pavilion Lakes Golf Course in Scottsdale, AZ. (MORE)

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CS Fullerton Cross Country Invitational Results, Oct. 19Men's Team Scoring					Women's Team Scoring1. UCLA 21						1. UCLA 152. Men of Troy 40					2. Pepperdine 613. Pepperdine 83					3. CS San Marcos 67							4. UC Santa Barbara 'B' 107							5. Loyola Marymount 124

UCLA Men Individually (8000m) UCLA Women Individually (5000m)1. Ben Aragon, 25:01.3 1. Lena Nilsson, 18:04.73. Puneet Mahan, 25:44.4 2. Tiffany Burgess, 18:11.67. Seth Neumuller, 25:52.7 4. Julia Barbour, 18:23.18. Phil Young, 25:56.2 5. Carmen Winant, 18:25.49. Justin Patananan, 26:00.9 6. Kelly Grimes, 18:38.210. Reggie Oronoz, 26:05.0 9. Christine Atkins, 19:17.111. Martin Brix, 26:07.5

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