Cross Country Runs Saturday At Big Wave Invitational In Oahu
Eric Peterson's UCLA women and men's cross country teams on Saturday (Sept. 21) will compete at the Big Wave Invitational, hosted by the University of Hawaii. The meet will take place on the North Shore of Oahu at Kualoa Ranch, film site of the Jurassic Park I and III movies. The men's race starts at 3 p.m. (6 p.m. PDT) and the women's competition begins at 3:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. PDT). Both the women and men's races will be 5000m in distance.
Along with UCLA and host Hawaii (women), other competing Div. I schools are - U. of San Francisco (women), U. S. Naval Academy (women), San Diego State (women) and Oklahoma State (women). Div. II schools competing are - Hawaii-Hilo (women/men), Chaminade (women/men), BYU-Hawaii (women/men) and Hawaii Pacific (women/men). Div. III schools in the race are - Mills College (women) and Occidental (women/men) and from the junior college ranks, Mt. San Antonio College (women/men).
UCLA's women are preseason ranked No. 15 in the U. S. Competing for the Bruin women in Hawaii are - juniors, Melissa McBain (Thousand Oaks HS) and Jessica Marr (Hayward HS); sophomores, Alejandra Barrientos (Felton/San Lorenzo Valley), Carolyn Shea (Waterville, ME HS), Lori Mann (Coto de Caza/Santa Margarita Catholic) and Carmen Winant (Philadelphia, PA/Germantown Friends) and freshmen Sarah West (Davis), Jenna Timinsky (Encinitas/San Dieguito Academy), Allison Hall (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo) and Laura Muller (Woodland HS).
The Bruins' last competition was Aug. 31 at the CS Fullerton 'Season Opener' Invitational at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea. The Bruin women placed second (out of 17 teams) with 43 points, behind winner Stanford (19 points, preseason No. 4).
Individually, UCLA had four runners in the Top 10 (5000m) -Mann (6th, 17:45.50), Timinsky (7th, 17:50.00), Barrientos (8th, 17:54.70) and West (10th, 18:00.50).
Running for the UCLA men at the Big Wave Invitational are - senior Phil Young (La Canada); sophomores, Jon Rankin (Spring Valley/Monte Vista), Ben Aragon (Santee/West Hills), Erik Emilsson (Bjarred, Sweden), Puneet Mahan (Norwalk HS) and Nick Thornton (Vista/Rancho Buena Vista) and freshmen, Nick DeFelice (Sacramento/Jesuit) and Martell Munguia (Sacramento/Woodcreek).
Saturday's race will mark the 2002 cross country debut for Rankin and Emilsson. Rankin missed all of last season with leg stress fractures and Emilsson is a transfer from Tulane. As a true freshman in 2000-01, Rankin was one of the Bruins' top cross country runners and in track, won the 1500m at the U. S. Junior meet. Emilsson was a standout cross country and track performer last season for the Green Wave and in August, qualified for the 1500m final at Sweden's National Championships.
At the CS Fullerton Invite on Aug. 31, the Bruin men finished third (out of 14 teams, 125 points), behind winner Stanford (17 points, preseason No. 2) and second-place CA Coast Track Club (74).
Individually, the Bruins were paced by Aragon, who finished ninth, running the 8000m course in 25:23.70. As a true freshman last season, Aragon was one of the Bruins' top cross country runners and in track in the 1500m, he placed sixth (3:54.17) at the U. S. Junior meet and seventh (3:48.98) at the Pac-10.
The Bruins prepared for the upcoming Hawaii meet with a two-week altitude training camp at Mammoth Lakes.
Following the Big Wave Invitational, the Bruin women and men on Saturday, Sept. 28 will run at the Stanford Invitational.