Bruin Women Will Compete at the NCAA Championships

Nov. 17, 2003

On Monday, November 24, the Bruin Women will compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, hosted by the University of Northern Iowa. The Championships will be held at the Irv Warren Golf Course in Waterloo, IA. The women's 6K will begin at 12:15 PM, following the men's 10K at 11:00 AM.

The Bruin women enter the NCAA Championships ranked No. 11 in the nation, receiving 254 votes. Topping the list is Brigham Young, followed by No. 2 Stanford. The Bruins and Cardinal are the only Pac-10 teams ranked in the Top-15 in the nation.

With their second place finish at the NCAA West Regional Championships, the Bruin women automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships. It is the first time in school history that either a men's or women's cross country squad has received an automatic bid to the national championships.

Seniors Valerie Flores and Melissa McBain, junior Carmen Winant, sophomores Jenna Timinsky and Allison Hall, redshirt freshman Ashley Caldwell and true freshman Alison Costello will run for the Bruins. Sophomore Sarah West will be an alternate runner. At the Regional Championships, five Bruins received All-Regional honors (Top-25 finishers). Flores led the Bruins, finishing fourth in 20:30. Caldwell was the No. 2 Bruin, placing 11th (20:50) and Costello finished 14th (20:53). Timinsky placed 21st (21:03) and McBain finished 25th (21:11). Winant and Hall rounded out the group, placing 31st (21:27) and 34th (21:38), respectively.

At the 2002 NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, IN, the Bruin women qualified as an at-large selection and tied for 25th with 568 points. Flores placed 180th in 21:55.7. Timinsky, a true freshman at the time, was 206th (22'09.2). And, Hall, also a true freshman, placed 224th (22:22.0). Lena Nilsson was the top Bruin finisher at the meet, placing 17th in 20:10.0 and earning All-America honors.

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