UCLA Women Place Fourth At Pac-10 Cross Country Championship

Nov. 2, 2002

At the 2002 Pacific-10 Cross Country Championships, UCLA junior Lena Nilsson's third-place individual finish in the 6000m women's race led the Bruins to a fourth-place team finish. Stanford for the second year in a row swept both women and men's team and individual titles. The UCLA men finished eighth in the team standings.

The races were held at Pasadena's Brookside Country Club and UCLA was the host school.

Pac-10 Women

No. 2 Stanford won the women's team title for the seventh consecutive year, with 23 points, followed by second-place No. 17 Arizona State (59), third-place No. 25 Washington (79) and fourth-place No. 19 UCLA (86) (the top four of nine teams).

Cardinal sophomore Sara Bei (Santa Rosa/Montgomery HS) won the women's 6000m race in a time of 19:48. Finishing second was last year's conference champion, senior Lauren Fleshman (Canyon Country/Canyon HS), in a time of 19:50. Stanford captured four of the top five individual places.

'I am so thankful for our team,' Bei said. 'It was really exciting to run with my teammates Lauren (Fleshman) and Alicia (Craig, fourth-place) and having Lena (Nilsson) up there really pushed us. We had a great team presence today and I'm so thankful that we were able to win.'

UCLA Women

Nilsson (Vallentuna, Sweden) the defending NCAA Outdoor 1500m champion, finished third in a school-record time of 20:01.

Also finishing in the Top 10 was sophomore Alejandra Barrientos (Felton/San Lorenzo Valley HS), placing ninth in a time of 21:11.

In all, the Bruin women had six runners in the Top 30.

'I'm extremely pleased with both Lena and Alejandra's performance today,' said UCLA head coach Eric Peterson. 'Because we are a young cross country team, we work hard in training on how to manage the entire distance of the race. Today, Lena andAlejandra executed our strategy to near perfection. I feel good that we matched up well against Arizona State and Washington, but in the last 1500m, Washington's runners were more aggressive at the finish (and placed third ahead of fourth-place UCLA).'

Pac-10 Men

No. 1 Stanford won the team title, for the third straight year and six of the last seven, with 19 points, followed by second-place No. 5 Oregon (51), third-place No. 25 Arizona State (85) and fourth-place Washington (114) (rounding out the top four of eight teams).

For the second year in a row, Cardinal senior Grant Robison (San Angelo, TX/McMinnville HS) won the men's 8000m race, in a time of 23:27 (his winning time in 2001 was 24:04.0).

Stanford's men's runners finished in seven of the top nine positions.

'I really liked running this course,' said Robison. 'We were successful today because we ran as a team.'

Bruin Men

UCLA had two runners in the top 31 - sophomores, Erik Emilsson (Bjarred, Sweden) in 24th-place (24:47) and Ben Aragon (Santee/West Hills HS) in 31st (25:05).

Women/Men Open Race

Before the two Pac-10 races, there was an open women (6000m) and men's (8000m) race. The overall winner of the women's race was Carmen Martinez, Track West, 20:43 and the collegiate winner was UCLA junior Tiffany Burgess (Van Nuys/Birmingham HS), 22:00. The overall winner of the men's race was Brett Gotcher, Los Feliz Flyers, 24:25 and the collegiate winner was Evan Fox (La Mesa/West Hills HS), Stanford, 24:54.

Looking Ahead

As the UCLA women continue in their quest to qualify as a team to the upcoming 2002 NCAA Championships (Nov. 25 at Terre Haute, IN) for fourth time in the last five years, both Bruin squads will run in the NCAA West Region Qualifying meet, Nov. 16 at Stanford.

2002 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships
Nov. 2, 2002
Brookside Country Club, Pasadena, CA

Pac-10 Women Team Standings
1. Stanford 23, 2. Arizona State 59, 3. Washington 79, 4. UCLA 86, 5. Oregon 134, 6. Washington State 197, 7. USC 202, 8. California 208, 9. Arizona 242.

Women Individually (6000m/Top 10 of 77 runners)
1. Sara Bei, SU, 19:48; 2. Lauren Fleshman, SU, 19:50; 3. Lena Nilsson, UCLA, 20:01; 4. Alicia Craig, SU, 20:10; 5. Malindi Elmore, SU, 20:25; 6. Jessica Scalzo, ASU, 20:53; 7. Courtney Inman, UW, 20:57; 8. Carrrie Zografos, UO, 21:03; 9. Alejandra Barrientos, 21:11; 10. Amy Hastings, ASU, 21:11.

UCLA Women
3.Lena Nilsson, 20:01; 9. Alejandra Barrientos, 21:11; 22. Jenna Timinsky, 21:30; 25. Carmen Winant, 21:31; 27. Valerie Flores, 21:43; 29. Allison Hall, 21:49; 46. Lori Mann, 22:37; 47. Melissa McBain, 22:38; 55. Laura Muller, 23:05; 61. Sarah West, 23:22.

Pac-10 Men Team Standings
1. Stanford 19, 2. Oregon 51, 3. Arizona State 85, 4. Washington 114, 5. Washington State 165, 6. California 166, 7. Arizona 176, 8. UCLA 183.

Men Individually (8000m/Top 10 of 70 runners)
1. Grant Robison, SU, 23:27; 2. Ian Dobson, SU, 23:30; 3. Donald Sage, SU, 23:36; 4. Jason Hartmann, UO, 23:38; 5. Ryan Andrus, UO, 23:43; 6. Adam Tenforde, SU, 23:51; 7. Neil Davis, SU, 23:58; 8. Ryan Hall, SU, 24:00; 9. Peter Meindl, SU, 24:00; 10. Fasil Bizuneh, ASU, 24:03.

24. Erik Emilsson, 24:47; 31. Ben Aragon, 25:05; 45. Jon Rankin, 25:22; 50. Puneet Mahan, 25:32; 51. Phil Young, 25:33; 60. Mohammed Qazi, 26:21; 61. Reggie Oronoz, 26:25; 63. Martel Munguia, 26:37; 67. Nick De Felice, 26:55; 70. Bryan Bauerle, 28:03.

Open 6000m Women
Overall Winner - Carmen Martinez, Track West, 20:43
Collegiate Winner-Tiffany Burgess, UCLA, 22:00

Open 8000m Men
Overall Winner-Brett Gotcher, Los Feliz Flyers, 24:25
Collegiate Winner-Evan Fox, Stanford, 24:54

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