Bruins Compete at West Region Championships Saturday at Stanford

Nov. 8, 2005

Eric Peterson's UCLA women and men's cross country teams on Saturday (Nov. 12) will compete at the 2005 NCAA West Region Championships, hosted by Stanford and run on the Cardinal Golf Course in Palo Alto.

The men's 10K race will start at 11 a.m. and the women's 6K event will begin at 12:15 p.m. The Region Championships (there are nine Region Championships held Saturday around the nation) determine what teams and individuals automatically qualify to the upcoming 2005 NCAA Championships on Monday, Nov. 21 at Terre Haute, IN. On Saturday at Stanford, in the women and men's races, the top two teams and the top four individuals (not on automatically qualifying teams) will advance to the National Championships. On Monday (Nov. 14), 13 at-large women and men's teams (a total of 31 women and men's teams will compete at the Nationals) will be announced, along with a limited number of at-large individuals, also advancing to the NCAA Championships.

UCLA Men

Running for the Bruin men will be - senior Nick De Felice; junior Austin Ramos; sophomores, Mike Haddan and Kyle Shackleton, along with freshmen, Drew Shackleton, Matt Stollenwerk and Laef Barnes.

Ramos and Haddan have been UCLA's top runners this season. At the 2005 Pac-10 Championships held Oct. 29 at Tucson, both runners earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors - Ramos placed fifth, covering the 8000m course in 24:23 and Haddan finished sixth (24:24). The Bruin men finished seventh in the team standings.

On Saturday, six nationally ranked teams will compete in the West Region, including - No. 4 Stanford, the Pac-10 Champion, No. 9 Arizona, No. 13 Portland, No. 24 Cal Poly SLO, No. 28 California and No. 29 Washington.

At the 2004 West Region Championships, the Bruin men finished fourth and were led by returning runners Ramos, who placed 28th (31:13), Haddan (55th/31:58), K. Shackleton (67th/32:16) and DeFelice (70th/32:21).

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