Austin Ramos,Mike Haddan Garner First-Team All-Conference Honors At Saturday's Pac-10 Meet
Oct. 29, 2005
Eric Peterson's UCLA cross country teams had three runners - junior Austin Ramos, sophomore Mike Haddan and junior Ashley Caldwell - earn first-team All-Conference honors at Saturday's 2005 Pacific-10 Cross Country Championships, held on the Dell Urich Golf Course in Tucson, AZ. The weather was sunny and dry with temperatures in the 80s.
Covering the 8000m men's course, Ramos placed fifth overall, with a time of 24:23 and Haddan finished sixth, in 24:24. In the 6000m women's race, Caldwell ran 20:55 and placed fourth overall. All three runners earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors.
'Our top three runners - Austin, Mike and Ashley - are running as well as any of the elite cross country runners we've had in our school history,' Peterson said. 'Mike has really shown a level of improvement throughout the season. I expected a breakthrough today, by the way Mike's been racing and training, but today's performance even surprised me a little bit. He had a day, he really had a day.
'Austin and Ashley have run to their potential all season long,' Peterson said. 'Both runners have come through with good, solid, team-leading performances, week in and week out.'
In the team standings, the Bruins placed seventh, with 139 points. UCLA's teamscoring was rounded out by - sophomore Kyle Shackleton (29th, 25:16), freshman Drew Shackleton (52nd, 26:04), senior Nick DeFelice (53rd, 26:05), freshman Laef Barnes (62nd, 26:30) and freshman Matt Stollenwerk (70th, 26:59).
In the 37th annual men's race, Stanford won the team competition with 46 points- it was the sixth consecutive team title for the nation's fourth-ranked squad. No. 7 Arizona finished in second-place (78), followed by third-place California (107), fourth-place No. 24 Washington (116), fifth-place Arizona State (125), sixth-place Oregon (131), seventh-place UCLA (139) and eighth-place Washington State (146).
Individually, host Arizona went one-two in the men's 8000m race. Robert Cheseret won his second consecutive Pac-10 Cross Country crown, running a winning 23:57 and his teammate, Obed Mutanya, finished second (24:13).
The Bruins finished sixth in the team standings with 162 points. Sophomore Claire Rethmeier was UCLA No. 2 runner, finishing the 6000m course in 24th-place (21:54). Also running for UCLA were - senior Sarah West (42nd, 22:40), sophomore Monika Rothenburger (49th, 22:52) and senior Lori Mann (60th, 23:17). UCLA's two freshmen runners - Lindsay delaMontaigne and Ciara Viehweg were unable to finish the race, both suffering from heat exhaustion.
'Claire, and on the men's side Kyle Shackleton, both ran solid races today,' Peterson said. 'It was the type of performances we were looking for from all our runners. We were hoping all our scoring runners would finish in the Top 35 and both Claire and Kyle finished in the Top 30.'
In the 20th annual women's event, No. 2 Stanford won its 10th straight Pac-10 team title, with 34 points, followed by - second-place No. 5 Arizona State (40), third-place No. 22 Oregon (86), fourth-place No. 26 Washington (111), fifth-place Washington State (159), sixth-place UCLA (162), seventh-place California (188), eighth-place Oregon State (190), ninth-place Arizona (208) and 10th-place USC (309).
Stanford's Arianna Lambie won the individual crown, covering the 6000m course in 20:20. Defending champion, Arizona State's Amy Hastings, finished second (20:40).
On Saturday, Nov. 12, Stanford will host the 2005 NCAA West Region Championships and on Monday, Nov. 21, Indiana State (Terre Haute, IN) will host the 2005 NCAA Championships.
2005 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships
Oct. 29, 2005
Dell Urich Golf Course
1. Stanford 46, 2. Arizona 78, 3. California 107, 4. Washington 116, 5. Arizona State 125, 6. Oregon 131, 7. UCLA 139, 8. Washington State 146.
Overall Individuals (Top 6 of 76 runners)
1. Robert Cheseret, UA, 23:57; 2. Obed Mutanya, UA, 24:13; 3. Neftalem Araia, SU, 24:19; 4. Mark Mandi, UW, 24:20; 5. Austin Ramos, UCLA, 24:23; 6. Mike Haddan, UCLA, 24:24.UCLA Individuals
1. Stanford 34, 2. Arizona State 40, 3. Oregon 86, 4. Washington 111, 5. Washington State 159, 6. UCLA 162, 7. California 188, 8. Oregon State 190, 9. Arizona 208, 10. USC 309.
Overall Individuals (Top 5 of 86 runners)
1.Arianna Lambie, SU, 20:20; 2. Amy Hastings, ASU, 20:40; 3. Lindsay Flacks, SU, 20:52; 4. Ashley Caldwell, UCLA, 20:55; 5. Teresa McWalters, SU, 20:56.
4. Ashley Caldwell 20:55; 24. Claire Rethmeier 21:54; 42. Sarah West 22:40; 49. Monika Rothenburger 22:52; 60. Lori Mann 23:17. (Lindsay delaMontaigne and Ciara Viehweg did not finish).