Cross Country to Redshirt Five Athletes This Fall
Sept. 8, 2006
Head Cross Country Coach Eric Peterson has announced that five student-athletes will redshirt the 2006 cross country season to prepare for increased success in 2007 indoor and outdoor track and field. The athletes are senior Austin Ramos and freshmen Scott Crawford, Krishna Curry, Cobbie Jones and Rosa Magana. Coach Peterson also announced the medical retirement of Alison Costello on Friday.
Ramos, a 2005 cross country All-American, was injured during the track season last spring, and although healthy, Peterson and Ramos decided it was best to turn his entire focus into a successful indoor and outdoor track campaign. Ramos, the team captain and top runner from the 2005 team, will continue to train with the men, helping them make a run at a successful cross country season.
'Austin is coming off of back-to-back seasons of track that saw him injured,' said Peterson. 'In 2005, he redshirted the entire track season with injury, and this past spring, his season was interrupted by another injury. Although he is healthy now, we decided to focus his efforts more seriously on track this year. He is a great leader for this team and we expect him back next year for a final successful cross country campaign. For now, we are really gearing his fall preparation towards a great junior track season.'
Crawford, a stand-out middle-distance runner in high school, will also sit out this cross country season as he prepares to make a strong debut on the track in 2007. A member of the No. 5 ranked distance class in the country (no. 1 in CA), Crawford finished his prep career with the 14th-best 800m time on the U.S. high school list (1:51.60).
'We recruited Scott primarily to be a middle-distance runner here at UCLA and have decided to redshirt him this fall to prepare for a successful freshman track season,' said Peterson. 'Scott is really enthusiastic about the upcoming indoor schedule and will battle for a spot on our distance medley relay team. We are going to focus all our efforts on achieving that goal.'
On the women's side, Curry, Jones and Magana will also redshirt this fall. Like Crawford, all three will turn their focus to a successful first track campaign at UCLA and will train through the cross country season to prepare.
'We also recruited these women with a focus on middle-distance running,' added Peterson. 'We will make sure our fall preparation is specific to creating high fitness levels for the indoor and outdoor track seasons.'
Costello, the 2003 U.S. Junior Cross Country champion and 2004 team MVP will no longer compete for UCLA after voluntarily leaving the team. During the 2005-06 cross country and track and field seasons, Costello redshirted due to injury, and although her health is better, has decided to medically retire and turn her focus to her education.
'We support Alison's decision and wish her all the best,' noted Peterson. 'I am thankful for all of the contributions she made to this team during her time here and wish her success in her future endeavors.'