Caldwell Leads UCLA Women's Cross Country in Minnesota

Sept. 24, 2005

Junior Ashley Caldwell had the run of her life on Saturday, finishing fourth overall (21:05) at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota. The Bruin women placed 13th overall in the team competition.

'Caldwell had a phenomenal race, probably the race of her life,' said Head Coach Eric Peterson. 'She put herself in the front early and stayed there. She made a move at the 4000m mark to take the lead, and although she finished fourth, showed the courage and aggressiveness we need when competitng.'

Caldwell, running with some of the top runners in the country, finished just under 10 seconds behind the winner, Amy Hastings of Arizona St.

As a team, the women placed 13th out of 28 teams with 299 points. Pac-10 rival Arizona State won the meet with 88 points, followed by Minnesota (156), Baylor (177), Oklahoma St (190), and Princeton (192).

Freshman Lindsay delaMontaigne also had a solid race as the Bruins' No. 3 runner (22:34).

'I'm very pleased with how Lindsay competed today,' said Peterson. 'We asked the team to focus on running an aggressive race between the 3000m and 5000m mark and she executed that plan very well. She has a consistent level of performance that definitely helps this team.'

Sophomore Claire Rethmeier was the No. 2 runner for UCLA (22:09), while sophomore Monika Rothenburger had the fourth-fastest time for the Bruins (22:52).

'Claire and Monika struggled in the race, but we can make adjustments in our training and race plan to correct those problems.'

Team Results
1. Arizona State, 88 pts.; 2. Minnesota, 156 pts.; 3. Baylor, 177 pts.; 4. Oklahoma St., 190 pts.; 5. Princeton, 192 pts.; 13. UCLA, 299 pts.

Individual Results
1. Amy Hastings, Arizona St. (20:58); 2. Desiraye Osburn, Wichata State (21:03); 3. Cack Ferrell, Princeton (21:04); 4. Ashley Caldwell, UCLA (21:05); 5. Anna Masinelli, Arizona St. (21:06).

UCLA Results
1. Ashley Caldwell, 21:05; 2. Claire Rethmeier, 22:09; 3. Lindsay delaMontaigne, 22:34; 4. Monika Rothenburger, 22:52; 5. Sarah West, 23:01; 6. Lori Mann, 23;06; 7. Leslie Barrie, 23:35

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