Austin Ramos Wins Men's Sundodger CC Invite; Bruin Women Place Second in Team Standings

Sept. 17, 2005

Seattle, WASH. - UCLA junior Austin Ramos won the men's 8000m invitational and the Bruin women placed second in the 6000m team standings on Saturday at the Sundodger Cross Country Invitational, hosted the University of Washington and held at Lincoln Park in Seattle, WA. Temperature was in the 60s, overcast with no wind, and a dry race course.

Ramos won the men's 8000m invitational in a time of 24:00, the fourth-fastest time in the invitational's history. He led the Bruin men's squad to a third-place finish in the team standings.

The Bruins had three other runners in the Top 25 - sophomore Mike Haddan (17th/24:33), sophomore Kyle Shackleton (21st/24:42) and freshman Laef Barnes (23rd/24:45).

'This was Austin's first collegiate cross country victory,' said Bruin head coach Eric Peterson. 'He ran extremely well. At around the four-mile mark, he opened up a 30m gap and from there, won the race in dominating fashion. Austin is going to be one of the top runners in the conference this season.'

In team standings, host Washington won with 39 points, followed by second-place No. 21 Portland (66), third-place UCLA (72), fourth-place Washington State (95) and fifth-place Washington 'B' (196).

UCLA Women
The Bruin women had three runners in the Top 10 and finished second in the team-standings. Placing in the Top 10 over the 6000m course for the Bruins were - junior Ashley Caldwell (3rd/21:04), sophomore Claire Rethmeier (5th/21:15) and sophomore Monika Rothenburger (10th/21:27). Placing 18th was freshman Lindsay delaMontaigne (21:48).

'Our Top four runners ran very well today,' Peterson said. 'Our race plan was to run the first half conservatively, then run the second half of the course very aggressively. All four of them ran the race plan extremely well.'

Host No. 27 Washington won the team title with 53 points, followed by second-place UCLA (64), third-place Washington State (73), fourth-place Idaho (109), fifth-place Club NW (146) and sixth-place Oregon State (149). The individual winner was Washington State's Haley Paul (20:50).

Looking Ahead
On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Bruins will run in the Roy Griak Invitational at Minneapolis, MN.

Sundodger Invitational
Sept. 17, 2005
Lincoln Park/Seattle, WA

Team Standings (Top 5 of 14 teams)
1. Washington 39, 2. Portland 66, 3. UCLA 72, 4. Washington State 95, 5. Washington 'B' 196.UCLA Individuals (8000m/122 runners)1. Austin Ramos 24:00, 17. Michael Haddan 24:33, 21. Kyle Shackleton 24:42, 23. Laef Barnes 24:45, 35. Drew Shackleton 25:02, 54. Nick DeFelice 25:36, 66. Matt Stollenwerk 25:59, 79. Ryan Gordon 26:13).

Team Standings (Top 6 of 13 teams)
1. Washington 53, 2. UCLA 64, 3. Washington State 73, 4. Idaho 109, 5. Club NW 146, 6. Oregon State 149.
UCLA Individuals (6000m/131 runners)
3. Ashley Caldwell 21:04, 5. Claire Rethmeier 21:15, 10. Monika Rothenburger 21:27, 18. Lindsay delaMontaigne 21:48, 32. Sarah West 22:12, 36. Lori Mann 22:26, 50. Leslie Barrie 22:50, 54. Ciara Viehweg 22:56, 73. Lauren Jirges 23:27.

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