Kyle Shackleton Leads Cross Country for Second Consecutive Meet
Sept. 29, 2006
Junior Kyle Shackleton led the UCLA cross country team for the second consecutive meet, this time finishing 11th in a time of 23:41.26 as the Bruins finished sixth overall at the first annual Bill Dellinger Invitational in Eugene, OR on Friday.
'Kyle was outstanding today,' noted Cross Country Coach Eric Peterson. 'This was probably his best collegiate race as he led us from start to finish. He just missed a spot in the top-10 and just ran really well today.'
Shackleton was followed by his brother, Drew, in 29th-place (24:03.66) and junior Mike Haddan in 31st (24:08.76). Sophomore Laef Barnes was 32nd (24:09.39) and freshman Marlon Patterson was 64th (24:37.06) to round out the Bruins top-five finishers at the meet.
'We did a great job as a team today and it shows this group's ability to improve as a team,' added Peterson. 'The time gap between our first and fourth runner was around 28 seconds, a drastic improvement from last week's meet in Minneapolis where the gap was closer to a minute and a half. We still need to work on shrinking the gap more, but today was a big improvement for us.
'We aren't where we want to be, but we are improving and that's what we need to focus on. We finished ahead of some very strong teams - Texas, Butler, Washington and American, and we are really excited to see that. We're feeling really good and we are looking forward to the Pre-NCAA Invitational in a few weeks.'
Team Results (top-5 of 13)
1. Oregon (47 pts.); 2. Portland (89 pts.); 3. BYU (102 pts.); 4. Alabama (135 pts.); 5. Cal Poly SLO (144 pts.); 6. UCLA (163 pts.)
Top Individual Finishers (8k, top-5 of 117 runners)
1. Josh Rohatinsky, BYU (22:58.37); 2. Galen Rupp, Oregon (23:09.03); 3. John Moore, Portland (23:19.09); 4. Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott, Oregon (23:28.18); 5. Scott Overall, Butler (23:31.41)
11. Kyle Shackleton (23:41.26); 29. Drew Shackleton (24:03.66); 31. Mike Haddan (24:08.76); 32. Laef Barnes (24:09.39); 64. Marlon Patterson (24:37.06); 71. Jake Matthews (24:40.86); 90. Henry Hagenbuch (25:10.58); 100. Marco Anzures (25:31.94); 107. Kevin Sullivan (25:44.25).
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