Caldwell and Bohannon Lead Women's Cross Country at Pre-NCAA Invite

Oct. 14, 2006

The UCLA women's cross country team finished 17th in the team race of the Pre-NCAA Invitational in Terre Haute, IN on Saturday morning as senior Ashley Calwell and sophomore Allie Bohannon posted top-50 finishes to lead the team.

Caldwell was again UCLA's No. 1 runner, this time finishing 43rd in a time of 21:02.9. Bohannon was 49th in a time of 21:05.9.

Sophomore Olga Aulet-Leon placed 83rd (21:31.9), senior Allison Hall finished 133rd (21:58.2) and freshman Nicole Pennes was 136th (21:59.5) to round out the Bruins' top-five finishers.

'Allie and Olga are really running well and getting better each time they race and today was no exception,' said Cross Country Coach Eric Peterson. 'It was Allie's first time running in a meet this size, and she had a lot of composure and really stepped up and ran well. Olga is coming off of a complete redshirt year (indoor/outdoor track and XC) and has really come on strong the last few meets. These two are doing a great job strengtening the middle of our line-up.

'Ashley's had better days and it's unusual for her to not finish higher, but she's a leader and will work hard to get back to where she wants to be.

'Nicole had a better race today, but lost her concentration in the middle portion of the race, which cost us some points in the team race. We are still scattered too much among our top-five and we will continue to work on that in the coming weeks as we prepare for the post-season.'

A small group of runners will compete next Friday at the CSUF Titan Invitational while the majority of the team will rest up for the Pac-10 Championships.

Team Results (top-5 of 36 teams)
1. Stanford, 45 points; 2. Minnesota, 200 points; 3. ASU, 224 points; 4. BYU, 242 points; 5. Providence, 247 points; 17. UCLA, 444 points

Individual Results (top-5 of 245 athletes)
1. Michelle Sikes, Wake Forest (20:16.4); 2. Arianna Lambie, Stanford (20:20.0); 3. Kassi Andersen, BYU (20:22.1); 4. Teresa McWalters, Stanford (20:24.0); Amanda Trotter, Stanford (20:27.5).

UCLA Results
43. Ashley Caldwell, 21:02.9; 49. Allie Bohannon, 21:05.9; 83. Olga Aulet-Leon, 21:31.9; 133. Allison Hall, 21:58.2; 136. Nicole Pennes, 21:59.5; 173. Claire Rethmeier, 22:21.9; 180. Jenna Timinsky, 20:27.5

In the open race, three Bruins competed with junior Monika Rothenburger finishing 29th in a time of 22:13.6. Freshmen Hannah Roeder (22:25.5) and Bailey Schutte (22:40.4) finished 49th and 78th respectively.

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