UCLA Men Ninth, Women Fifth At NCAA Western Regional Championships

Nov. 10, 2001

Tucson, Ariz. - Eric Peterson's UCLA men's cross country team finished ninth, and the 17th-ranked women's cross country team placed fifth at the NCAA West Region Qualifying Meet, held Saturday (Nov. 10) at the Randolph North Golf Course in Tucson, AZ.

Nine regions around the U. S. competed on Saturday to determine team and individual qualifiers for the upcoming 2001 NCAA Cross Country Championships, held Monday, Nov. 19 at Greenville, SC and hosted by Furman University. The nine regions will automatically qualify the top two women's and men's squads (18 women's and men's teams), along with an additional 13 women's and men's at-large berths that will be announced Monday (Nov. 13). For individuals not qualifying on a team, each region will also produce four at-large individual women and men bids (for an additional 36 women and men runners) at the NCAA Championships.

The UCLA women solidified their chances of an at-large bid with the fifth-place showing. Under Peterson, the Bruin women also qualified as a team for the NCAA Championships in 1998 and '99. Although the Bruin men, hindered all season by injuries to key runners, will not qualify as a team, senior Bryan Green and true freshman Ben Aragon are in contention for individual at-large bids because of their performances on Saturday in Tucson.

In the women's team scoring, the Bruins placed fifth with 159 points. No. 1 Stanford, the 2001 Pac-10 Champion, won the team title with 39 points, followed by No. 8 Arizona (80). Both Stanford and Arizona automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships. Rounding out the Top 5 (of 23 teams), No. 11 Arizona State was third (83), followed by No. 24 Washington (115) and No. 17 UCLA (159).

Individually in the women's division, the winner was Arizona senior Tara Chaplin, running the 6000m course in 20:40.10. UCLA had three runners in the Top 31 - sophomore Valerie Flores (23rd, 22:07.90), junior Elaine Canchola (27th, 22:12.50) and true freshman Alejandra Barrientos (31st, 22:21.80). UCLA's other runners were - true freshman Carolyn Shea (36th, 22:43.30), sophomore Lena Nilsson (48th, 23:11.10), sophomore Tiffany Burgess (55th, 23:24.80) and true freshman Lori Mann (73rd, 23:55.40).

In men's team scoring, the Bruins placed ninth with 222 points. Stanford, the 2001 Pac-10 Champion and ranked second in the nation, finished first (37). Rounding out the Top 5 (of 20 teams) were No. 8 Portland in second (91), followed by No. 18 Oregon (112), No. 14 Arizona State in fourth (116), and in fifth place, No. 13 UC Santa Barbara with 124.

Individually, the men's division winner was Stanford's Donald Sage, who completed the 10,000m course in 30:43.40. Two Bruins finished in the Top 30 - senior Bryan Green (22nd, 31:49.20) and true freshman Ben Aragon (25th, 32:02.50). UCLA's other runners were - senior Justin Patananan (45th, 32:44.60), junior Phil Young (63rd, 33:32.10), true-freshman Puneet Mahan (74th, 33:57.90), RS-freshman Seth Neumuller (81st, 34:09.10), and RS-freshman Bryan Bauerle (106th, 35:25.20).

Women's Team Results (Top five of 23 teams)
1. Stanford 39
2. Arizona 80
3. Arizona State 83
4. Washington 115
5. UCLA 159
6. Washington State 214
7. UC Irvine 224
8. Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo 246
9. Boise State 265
10. Hawaii 295


Top 10 Individual:

1. Tara Chaplin, Arizona, 20:40.10
2. Lauren Fleshman, Stanford, 20:52.00
3. Lisa Aguilera, Arizona State 20:54.50
4. Alicia Craig, Stanford, 21:04.40
5. Everlyne Lagat, Washington State, 21:06.60
6. Kelly MacDonald, Arizona State, 21:08
7. Sara Bei, Stanford, 21:20.80
8. Cheryl Smith, Hawaii, 21:36.90
9. Brianna Torres, Arizona State, 21:41.10
10. Katie Appenrodt, UC Santa Barbara, 21:49.70

UCLA Runners:
23. Valerie Flores, 22:07.90
27. Elaine Canchola, 22:12.50
31. Alejandra Barrientos, 22:21.80
36. Carolyn Shea, 22:43.40
48. Lena Nilsson, 23:11.10
55. Tiffany Burgess, 23:24.80
73. Lori Mann, 23:55.40

Men's Team Results (Top five of 20)
1. Stanford 37
2. Portland 91
3. Oregon 112
4. Arizona State 116
5. UC Santa Barbara 124
UCLA was ninth (222)

Top 10 Individuals:
1. Donald Sage, Stanford, 30:43.40
2. Grant Robison, Stanford, 30:50.10
3. Jason Hartmann, Oregon, 30:57.60
4. Fasil Bizuneh, Arizona State, 30:59.10
5. Joe Driscoll, Portland, 31:01.40
6. Jason Fayant, Washington, 31:11.80
7. Josh Horton, UC Santa Barbara, 31:12.90
8. Kris Rolin, Portland, 31:22.00
9. Ian Dobson, Stanford, 31:26.60

UCLA Runners:
22. Bryan Green, 31:49.20
25. Ben Aragon, 32:02.50
45. Justin Patananan, 32:44.60
63. Phil Young, 33:32.10
74. Puneet Mahan, 33:57.90
81. Seth Neumuller, 34:09.10
106. Bryan Bauerle, 35:25.20

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