Rethmeier Leads Bruin Women at Pac-10 Cross Country Championships
Oct. 27, 2007
Senior Claire Rethmeier was UCLA's No. 1 runner on Saturday at the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships in Corvallis, OR as the Bruin women finished 10th as a team. Rethmeier posted a time of 21:10.6 to finish 33rd overall.
Stanford, the No. 1 team in the country, won the team title with a score of 48 points, while Oregon (64 points) was second and Washington (68 points) and Arizona State tied for third. Stanford's Arianna Lambie won the individual title with her time of 19:40.7.
'Obviously this is a very tough day for our women's team,' said head coach Eric Peterson. 'In our preparations for this meet, we knew that the best we could do was top-five and we also knew that for this particular group that was a tall order. We were going to have to come up with our best race of the season, and unfortunately this result reflects all of the results we've had this year.
'We are in need of more competitive efforts from our athletes and unfortunately that didn't come today. We have to except the result we produced. My focus right now is set on going back to work and helping this team improve and making our best effort to finish the season off on a higher note then what we're experiencing.
'Nobody feels good about these results. I know how to work with this circumstance. It happened a several years ago when we had a team not do so well, and I know that we will pull out of this. It's going to take a lot of hard work and commitment, but I know that these kids and I are up to the challenge.'
Saturday's meet also gave USC five Lexus Gauntlet points as the Trojans finished ahead of the Bruins in eighth-place.
1. Stanford, 48 points; 2. Oregon, 64 points; 3T. Arizona State, 68 points; 3T. Washington, 68 points; 5. Washington State, 136 points; 6. Arizona, 188 points; 7. Oregon State, 197 points; 8. USC, 215 points; 9. California, 237 points; 10. UCLA, 248 points.
UCLA Individual Results (86 runners)
33. Claire Rethmeier, 21:10.6; 40. Shannon Murakami, 21:26.4; 61. Lauren Jirges, 22:02.7; 68. Ciara Viehweg, 22:14.4; 70. Olga Aulet-Leon, 22:18.0; 86. Charlotte Gaughan, 23:32.2.