Bruin Women Run At Stanford Invitational On Saturday

Sept. 23, 2003

Eric Peterson's UCLA women's cross country team, ranked No. 18 in the U.S. this week, on Saturday (Sept. 27) will run in the prestigious 30th annual Stanford Invitational, featuring the nation's top squads from around the U. S.Run on the Stanford Golf Course, the UCLA women will compete in the 6000m scored race (long course/4:50 p.m.).

Along with UCLA, some other teams scheduled to compete are host Stanford (No. 1 men/No. 2 women), Arkansas (No. 4 men/No. 11 women), Wisconsin (No. 2 men), California and UC Santa Barbara.

Scheduled to compete for the Bruin women at Stanford are - seniors, Valerie Flores (San Pedro) and Melissa McBain (Thousand Oaks); juniors, Carmen Winant (Philadelphia, PA/Germantown Friends) and Carolyn Shea (Waterville, ME); sophomores, Jenna Timinsky (Encinitas/San Dieguito Academy), Allison Hall (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo) and Sarah West (Davis); redshirt freshmen, Ashley Caldwell (Los Gatos) and Emily Haigh (Santa Ana/Foothill) and freshman Alison Costello (Yorba Linda/Esperanza).

Last year at the Stanford Invite, the Bruin women placed third and were led by sophomore Alejandra Barrientos (Felton/San Lorenzo Valley) who placed seventh (21:09) over the 6000m course.

Both the Bruin women and men's squads last Saturday (Sept. 20) won the team titles at the 3rd annual Big Wave Invitational at Honolulu, HI and hosted by the University of Hawai'i.

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On Saturday (Sept. 20), at the third annual Big Wave Invitational, hosted by theUniversity of Hawaii - Manoa and held at the Klipper Golf Course on the KaneoheMarine Corps Base, the UCLA women's cross country squad was victorious. TheBruin women won the 4K race, scoring 26 points.

The Bruins defeated the pre-season No. 1 and defending NCAA Champion Brigham Young, which placed second with 45 points. Rounding out the top-five teams were San Diego State and the U.S. Naval Academy, tied for third with 122 points, and Houston, fifth with 162 points. BYU's Michaela Manova, who placed fifth at the 2002 NCAA Championships, was the individual champion in 13:28.

The Bruin women were led by redshirt freshman Ashley Caldwell, who placedthird in 13:54. Following Caldwell were sophomore Jenna Timinsky in fourth (13:56), true freshman Alison Costello in fifth (13:59) and senior Valerie Flores in sixth (14:06). Sophomore Sarah West placed eighth in 14:21, sophomore Allison Hall was 11th in 14:29, senior Melissa McBain was 17th (14:43) and junior Carmen Winant finished 23rd in 14:53.'The biggest story for us is our ability today to beat the pre-season No. 1 anddefending national champion team. It is a significant benchmark for our program,' said Peterson. 'Although BYU was running without three of its top-five athletes, we were able to put five of our top runners in front of their No. 2 finisher today. It is a great tribute to the development and maturity of our team.

'Notably, Ashley Caldwell, a redshirt freshman, in only her second cross countryrace in a UCLA uniform, led the way with a blistering final 400m to go from ourfourth runner to No. 1 and lead us to victory.'

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