Bruin Cross Country Prepares for Stanford Invitational

Sept. 23, 2002

This Saturday, September 28, the UCLA men's and women's cross country squads will compete at the Stanford Invitational, in Palo Alto, CA. The men will run an 8000m course and the women will run a 6000m course. Both races will be run at the Stanford University Golf Course.

Other schools competing will be Stanford (No. 2 men, No. 3 women), Brigham Young (No. 1 women, No. 9 men), Duke (No. 8 women, No. 19 men), Purdue, Arkansas (No. 7, women only), Wisconsin (No. 18, women only), Southern Methodist, Montana and Iowa.

'The Men's team is excited to be running at full strength. In our earlier meet (against Fullerton), we held Jon Rankin and Erick Emilsson out, but I was strongly encouraged by running a full squad in Hawaii,' said Peterson. 'I'm looking forward to running our top-three runners, Ben Aragon, Rankin and Emilsson. If those three athletes can consistently perform at a high level and lead the team, I feel good about the way our team will continue to develop throughout the season.

In this week's FinishLynx/NCAA Division I women's cross country poll, the Bruin women are ranked No. 12. Brigham Young ranks No. 1, followed by Georgetown (2nd) and Stanford (3rd).

'We have a solid pack of four athletes in Jenna Timinsky, Lori Mann, Alejandra Barrientos and Carmen Winant. We're looking for Barrientos to regain the competitive form she had early last season and I expect to see it this weekend,' said Peterson. 'We look to be very competitive this weekend. We'll turn our focus to our top-four athletes to carry us and lead the way.'

Bruin Results from the Big Wave Invitational

Last Saturday, September 21, the Bruins swept the Big Wave Invitational, held at the Kualoa Ranch on the North Shore of Oahu. The Bruin women, who were ranked No. 11 in the nation, placed first with 46 points. Hawaii placed second (88 points) and Oklahoma State was third (89 points). True freshman Jenna Timinsky led the Bruins, placing seventh overall in 19:14.8. Sophomores Lori Mann (eighth, 19:15.0), Alejandra Barrientos (ninth, 19:18.4) and Carmen Winant (10th, 19:20.3) rounded out the top-ten finishers.

The Bruin men placed first with 24 points. Hawaii Pacific placed second (59 points) and Mt. San Antonio College was third (60). Sophomore Jon Rankin, who redshirted all of last season with leg stress ailments, led the Bruins. Rankin placed first overall, finishing the 5000m course in 16:03.5. Sophomore Ben Aragon (fourth, 16:26.1) and Erik Emilsson (sixth, 16:31.4), senior Phil Young (seventh, 16:54.7) and sophomore Puneet Mahan (ninth, 17:06.1) rounded out the top-ten for the Bruins.

Women's Results
Women Team Scoring
1. UCLA 46, 2. Hawaii 88, 3. Oklahoma State 89, 4. San Diego State 106, 5. Hawaii Pacific 117

UCLA Women Individually7. Jenna Timinsky, 19:14.8; 8. Lori Mann, 19:15.0, 9. Alejandra Barrientos, 19:18.4, 10. Carmen Winant, 19:20.3, 12. Melissa McBain, 19:44.1, 15. Carolyn Shea, 19:52.0, 16. Laura Muller, 19:57.4, 18. Allison Hall, 20:07.4, 20. Sarah West, 20:15.7, 31. Jessica Marr, 20:47.8

Men's Results
Men Team Scoring
1. UCLA 24, 2. Hawaii Pacific 59, 3. Mt. San Antonio College 60, 4. San Francisco 125, 5. BYU-Hawaii 127

UCLA Men Individually1. Jon Rankin,16:03.5, 4. Ben Aragon, 16:26.1, 6. Erick Emilsson, 16:31.4, 7. Phil Young, 16:54.7, 9. Puneet Mahan, 17:06.1, 11. Martell Munguia, 17:15.4, 12. Nick De Felice 17:19.8, 14. Nick Thornton, 17:31.1

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