Kyle Shackleton Leads Bruin Men at Roy Griak Cross Country Invitational
Sept. 23, 2006
Junior Kyle Shackleton highlighted the UCLA men's cross country team as the Bruins' No. 1 runner at the Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul, MN on Saturday as the men's team placed 15th overall (351 pts.). Shackleton finished 22nd overall in a time of 25:13.10 for his first finish as the top runner for UCLA.
Arizona won the men's race (142 pts.) while Josh McDougal of Liberty won the individual portion of the Invitational in a time of 24:14.05.
'It's obviously not the team results that we are looking for,' said Head Cross Country Coach Eric Peterson. 'This is a lower place finish then we were anticipating coming off of our training camp.
The time gap between our first and fifth runner was two wide a gap (over one minute) and we would like to shrink that down to 30 seconds or better. That's something we expect our team to be able to do in any kind of race that we participate in.
The weather was great today for running, however the course was pretty sloppy and soggy and slow for runners like Laef (Barnes), Mike (Haddan) and Marlon (Patterson) - guys that are more track oriented then course runners. It's tough when you're trying to run quickly and aggresively and yet it's a pretty heavy-footed course.
We need to do a better job of team running and it's good for us to know what problems we face in a big field like this (over 30 teams/350 runners). This is one of the biggest fields we'll run against this season. When you lose sight of your teammates and get caught out on the course on your own, it compounds the distractions and the periods of not being focused during the race that can creep into anybody's mind when you're trying to get the most out of yourself.
I'm extremely proud of how Kyle and Drew (Shackleton) ran today. They led this team admirably throughout the race. We also got a great effort out of our true freshman, Marlon Patterson. He ran aggressive and gave a fine effort for someone with his level of cross country experience.
We had some positive individual stuff today, but we know what we need to work on to accomplishh our goals.'
Shackleton's brother Drew was UCLA's No. 2 runner on Saturday, finishing 54th in a time of 25:50.30. Sophomore Laef Barnes was 77th (26:04.70), freshman Marlon Patterson was 100th (26:16.90) and junior Mike Hadden finished 118th (26:23.50) to round out the Bruins' top-five finishers.
Team Results (top-5 of 34 teams)
1. Arizona (142 pts.); 2. Minnesota (135 pts.); 3. Virginia (173 pts.); 4. Arizona St. (182 pts.); 5. Iowas State (207 pts.); 15th. UCLA (351 pts.)
Individual Results (top-5 of 301 runners)
1. Josh McDougal, Liberty (24:14.05); 2. Lopez Lomong, Northern Arizona (24:18.30); 3. Robert Cheseret, Arizona (24:21.90); 5. Obed Mutunya, Arizona (24:26.60);
Bruin Men's Results (8k Course)
22. Kyle Shackleton (25:13.10); 54. Drew Shackleton (25:50.30); 77. Laef Barnes (26:04.70); 100. Marlon Patterson (26:16.90); 118. Mike Haddan (26:23.50); 143. Alex Crabill (26:33.90); 154. Jake Matthews (26:39.50); 200. Henry Hagenbuch (27:13.40); 246. Ryan Gordon (27:51.55); 258. Kevin Sullivan (28:03.95);