Cross Country Opens Up 2006 Season on Friday at UC Riverside

Aug. 30, 2006

The UCLA men's and women's cross country teams will open up the 2006 season on Friday in an early morning dual meet with UC Riverside. The women's 4k race will begin at 7:00 am, while the men's 6k race begins at 7:30 am.

'This is the first time that we've particiapted in a dual meet in many years and we're looking forward to competing against a well coached UC Riverside team,' said Cross Country Coach Eric Peterson. 'Most importantly, we are eager to evaluate our new and returning runners after what appears to be a very strong summer of preparation for the cross country season.'

Several of UCLA's new faces will run in their first meet as a Bruin this weekend, while most of the returning men and women will compete. On the men's side, all but three athletes will run this weekend. Those not competing are seniors Austin Ramos and Henry Hagenbuch and freshman Scott Crawford.

Heading to Riverside will be - juniors Mike Haddan and Kyle Shackleton; sophomores Laef Barnes, Ryan Gordon and Drew Shackleton; and freshmen Marco Anzures, Alex Crabill, Marlon Patterson, Jake Matthews and Kevin Sullivan.

On the women's side, several runners will not compete this weekend - senior Ashley Caldwell; junior Shantae McKinney; and freshmen Krishna Curry, Cobbie Jones, Rosa Magana and Nicole Pennes.

Competing at Riverside will be - seniors Allison Hall and Jenna Timinsky; juniors Alice Bohannon, Claire Rethmeier and Monika Rothenburger; sophomores Olga Aulet-Leon, Gabrielle Bournes, Lauren Jirges and Ciara Viehweg; and freshmen Hannah Roeder, Bailey Schutte and Kelcie Wiemann.

This weekend's meet marks the return of three Bruin women to cross country competition - Aulet-Leon, Hall and Timinsky, as all three redshirted the 2005 cross country season.

Also on Friday, the cross country teams will depart for their respective training camps. The women will head to Mammoth Lakes, CA for 18 days, while the men will train in Lake Tahoe, CA. The teams will have nearly four weeks off until their next competition, the Oregon Invitational, which is held on September 29 in Eugene.

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