UCLA Travels to Bay Area for Saturday's Pac-10 Cross Country Championships

Oct. 25, 2004

Eric Peterson's UCLA men and women's, ranked No. 26 in the U. S., cross country teams on Saturday (Oct. 30) will compete in the 2004 Pacific-10 Cross Country Championships, held at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The women's 6000m race will start at 9:30 a.m. and the men's 8000m event will begin at 10:30 a.m.

It's the 36th annual men's race. Stanford is the defending Pac-10 and NCAA Champions and currently ranked No. 2 in the U. S. Other nationally-rated Pac-10 squads include No. 9 Arizona State and No. 28 Oregon.

It will be the 19th annual women's race. Stanford, the defending Pac-10 and NCAA Champion, is ranked No. 1 in the U. S. and Cardinal senior Sara Bei is the two-time defending individual champion. Along with Stanford and UCLA, the other nationally-ranked Pac-10 squad is No. 8 Arizona State.

Bruin Men
Leading the way for UCLA are seniors Jon Rankin and Erik Emilsson. Rankin has been UCLA's No. 1 finisher at every meet he's competed in this season, highlighted by a third-place finish at Stanford (12:02/4000m) and a 21st place finish at the Pre-NCAA (24:26.7/8000m). Emilsson has been a steady performer this season as the Bruins' No. 2 runner at three of the four meets - 10th at Stanford (12:12/4000m), 46th at Notre Dame (24:36/8000m) and 47th at the Pre-NCAA (24:51.5/8000m).

Also heading to the Pac-10's are seniors Ben Aragon and Nick Thornton; juniors, Nick De Felice and Martell Munguia; sophomores, Micky Cobrin and Austin Ramos and freshmen Mike Haddan and Kyle Shackleton.

The Bruins are looking to improve on last season's seventh-place finish at the conference meet.

Looking Ahead
On Nov. 13, UCLA will head to Fresno for the NCAA West Region Championships. From there, the Bruins will look to qualify to the 2004 NCAA Championships, Nov. 22 at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN.

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