No. 15 UCLA Women Run At 2003 Pac-10 Championships On Saturday

Oct. 27, 2003

Eric Peterson's UCLA women and men's cross country teams on Saturday (Nov. 1) will run in the 2003 Pacific-10 Championships at Pullman, WA and hosted by Washington State University. Run on the WSU Golf Course, the 35th annual men's 8000m race will start at noon and the 18th annual women's 6000m event will begin at 1 p.m.

Bruin Women
UCLA enters the Pac-10 meet ranked No. 15 in the U. S. The race will feature four conference teams ranked in the nation's Top 25. Stanford has won the conference title eight consecutive seasons and the Cardinal is ranked No. 1, followed by No. 4 Arizona State, No. 15 UCLA and No. 25 Washington. In 2002, UCLA placed fourth at the Pac-10, third at the NCAA Regional Qualifying and tied for 25th at the NCAA Championships. The Bruin women have qualified as a team to the NCAA Championships four of the last five years (2002-01-99-98).

Running for UCLA at Saturday's Pac-10 meet will be - seniors, Valerie Flores (San Pedro) and Melissa McBain (Thousand Oaks); juniors, Carmen Winant (Philadelphia, PA/Germantown Friends) and Carolyn Shea (Waterville, ME); sophomores, Jenna Timinisky (Encinitas/San Dieguito Academy), Allison Hall (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo) and Sarah West (Davis); redshirt freshmen, Ashley Caldwell (Los Gastos) and Emily Haigh (Santa Ana/Foothill) and freshman Alison Costello (Yorba Linda/Esperanza).

Top returners for the Bruins from last year's Pac-10 race, hosted by UCLA at the Brookside Country Club in Pasadena, include Timinsky (22nd, 21:30), Winant (25th, 21:31), Flores (27th, 21:43) and Hall (29th, 21:49). Already this season, the Bruins have defeated Stanford in a team event, winning the 6K race at the Stanford Invitational on Sept. 27, with 37 points, ahead of second-place Stanford (56). In that race, the Bruins were led by four runners in the Top 10- Flores (3rd, 21:13), Costello (4th, 21:21), Timinsky (7th, 21:30) and Caldwell (10th, 21:41).

Looking Ahead
Following the conference championships, two major meets remain in 2003. The NCAA Region VIII Championships will be held Saturday, Nov. 15 in Portland, OR and the NCAA Championships will take place Monday, Nov. 24 in Waterloo, IA.

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