Caldwell Placed 15th at Roy Griak Invite to Lead Bruin Women in Minnesota
Sept. 23, 2006
Senior Ashley Caldwell picked up where she left off last cross country season as the Bruins' No. 1 runner on Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul, MN as she was UCLA's top competitor, finishing 15th in a very talented women's race. Caldwell's time of 21:48.70 was not her best time, but she showed that she is ready to compete against the best in the country. At the one mile mark, Caldwell was running in 45th-place. She moved up to 29th at the 3k mark, then finished strong to finish 15th.
The Bruins finished ahead of Marquette, the No. 18 ranked team in the nation.
'We're trying to implement a concept of team running and we have a wide range of middle and distance running expertise on the team,' said Head Cross Country Coach Eric Peterson. 'I asked Ashley to run the first half of the race with Allie (Bohannon) and Jenna (Timinsky) and anyone else that could get up and run at that level, and I probably cost her a few places individually. It's just a tribute to how committed Ashley is to helping this team be an inproved group from wherre we were a year ago. She's not worrying about individual accolades and is willing to do some things during the race to help younger, less experienced athletes learn to compete better and today that helped us.'
UCLA also saw strong performances from sophomore Bohannon and senior Timinsky as the Bruins' No. 2 and No. 3 runners. Bohannon recorded her highest finish of her career with a 47th-place time of 22:29.75, while Timinsky was just behind Bohannon in 48th-place (22:30.00).
'I've been so impressed with Allie's practices and conditioning and I felt she was going to run well today even though the course isn't suited to her style of running,' added Peterson.
'Behind Ashley, Allie and Jenna, our team really got fractured and lost sight of each other. We didn't do as good a job as we are capable of in keepng groups of runners together. We got spread out and that occurred early which took our team position out of where it needs to be. We need to have athletes do a better job of grouping up and running with each other and still be focused on the front portion of the field. It's a racing skill we need to do a better job developing.
'Monika nad Claire found each other late in the race, and ran better once they found each other on the course, but by then they were too far out from our top-3.
'We are leaving here with mixed emotins because we know that we are a better team. We will just return home and start working on the issues that came up today and find opportunities to improve in the coming meets.
The Bruins will return home and turn their focus to next Friday's race at the Oregon Invitational.
Team Results (top-5 of 31 teams)
1. UC Santa Barbara (91 pts.); 2. Arizona State (113 pts.); 3. Baylor (124 pts.); 4. Minnesota (142 pts.); 5. Michigan State (150 pts.); 9. UCLA (287 pts.)
Individual Results (top-5 of 288 runners)
1. Stephanie Rothstein, UCSB (21:12.45); 2. Lauren Christman, UCSB (21:12.95); 3. Emily Brown, Minnesota (21:16.35); 4. Alissa McKaig, Michigan State (21:18.10); 5. Emily Harrison, Virginia (21:21.60)
UCLA Results (6k Course)
15. Ashley Caldwell (21:48.70); 47. Allie Bohannon (22:29.75); 48. Jenna Timinsky (22:30.00); 89. Claire Rethmeier (23:07.90); 101. Monika Rothenburger (23:16.90); 126. Hannah Roeder (23:36.45); 127. Allison Hall (23:37.95); 149. Olga Aulet-Leon (25:53.20); 197. Nicole Pennes (24:32.15); 229. Lauren Jirges (25:04.80)