Men's Cross Country Set for NCAA Championships

Nov. 17, 2006

Eric Peterson and the men's cross country team will travel to Terre Haute, IN to compete at the NCAA Championships on Monday, November 20. The men's team is competing at the National meet for the first time in 26 years.

The last time the Bruin men competed at NCAA's was in 1986, and they finished 12th overall.

UCLA advanced to the National Championships after receiving an at-large team bid after a strong performance at the West Region Championships. The Bruins finished sixth overall and were one of nine teams from the West Region to qualify for NCAA's.

'We have had two very good workouts this week since the Regional Championships and the team has recovered nicely from that meet,' said Peterson. 'We are all really excited to have earned this opportunity to run at the National meet and test our skills against the best teams in America.

'The key factors for us in being successful on Monday will be in maintaining the high level of consistency our front four runners have had all lseason - Kyle Shackleton, Mike Haddan, Laef Barnes and Drew Shackleton. I'm also really impressed with the development of our young runners, especially Marlon Patterson.

'If we can run like we have all season, I'm confident our results will be good.'

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