UCLA to Run at Pre-NCAA Invite on Saturday in Terre Haute, IN

Oct. 10, 2005

Eric Peterson's UCLA Bruin women and men's cross country teams on Saturday (Oct. 15) will run in the Pre-NCAA Invitational at Terre Haute, IN and hosted by Indiana State University at the Wabash Family Sports Center.

The biggest and most important cross country meet so far this season, the Pre-NCAA meet attracts the top women and men's teams in the nation. The women's 6000m and men's 8000m courses are a preview of the upcoming 2005 NCAA Championships, also hosted by Indiana State on Nov. 21. On Saturday, there will be two seeded women and men's races, along with a women and men's open competition. The men's seeded 8000m races begin at 8 a.m. PT and the women's seeded 6000m races at 9:20 a.m. PT.

UCLA Women
Along with the Bruin women, who received votes in last week's national Top 30, other top teams from across the U. S. that are competing include - No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 BYU, No. 5 Illinois, No. 6 Arizona State, No. 7 Colorado, No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 9 North Carolina State, No. 10 Minnesota, No. 11 Wake Forest, No. 13 Columbia, No. 15 Princeton, No. 17 Michigan State, No. 19 Georgetown, No. 21 Butler, No. 22 Virginia, No. 23 Washington, No. 24 Northern Arizona, No. 25 Marquette, No. 26 Boston College, No. 27 Wisconsin, No. 28 Georgia and No. 30 Oregon.

Competing for the Bruins at the Pre-NCAA Meet will be - seniors, Sarah West and Lori Mann, junior Ashley Caldwell; sophomores, Claire Rethmeier and Monika Rothenburger and freshmen, Lindsay delaMontaigne and Ciara Viehweg.

Caldwell and Rethmeier have been UCLA's top runners this season. At the Sundodger Invite in Seattle on Sept. 17, Caldwell placed third (21:04) over the 6000m course and Rethmeier was fifth (21:15). On Sept. 24 at the Roy Griak Invite in St. Paul, MN, Caldwell finished fourth overall (21:05/6K) and Rethmeier was 43rd (22:09).

Last Saturday (Oct. 8) at the UC San Diego Triton XC Classic, senior Lori Mann led UCLA's four runners, covering the 6000m course in 22:35.1 and placing fifth overall. Viehweg finished 12th (23:04.9).

Looking Ahead
Following the Pre-NCAA meet, there will be a final tuneup race before the start of the 2005 championship invitationals. On Friday, Oct. 21, CS Fullerton will host an invitational on their campus course.

The 2005 Pac-10 Championships will be Saturday, Oct. 29 on the Randolff Golf Course in Tucson, AZ and the 2005 NCAA West Regional Championships will be Saturday, Nov. 12 on the Stanford campus golf course.

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