Patterson & Men's Team Capture UC Irvine Invitational Crown

Sept. 6, 2008

The UCLA men's cross country team added another team title to their belt after capturing the UC Irvine Invitational crown on Saturday in the opening meet of the season. Led by Marlon Patterson's third-place finish (25:24.4) and five men finishing in the top-10, the Bruin men cruised to an easy team victory.

Joining Patterson in the top-10 were Alex Crabill (6th, 25:24.4), Jun Reichl (7th, 25:37.9), Kent Morikawa (8th, 25:39.3) and Marco Anzures (9th, 25:41.5)

'This is a strong and deep team with a lot of youth,' said head coach Eric Peterson. 'We had a 17-second gap between our first and fifth runners today and it's some of the better team running that this group of guys has been able to demonstrate at any time in their cross country careers. I'm not surprised because I believe that their general fitness level coming out of the summer training program was pretty strong and to have them come out here today and really communicate well and run well as a group was our only goal.

'Marco made a very strong move at about the halfway point to 3-miles in the race, and that injected some energy into the other guys at a critical time for our guys to move ahead. This is a good win for these guys because many of them, in particular, Marco and Jun, had the best races of their life. Jun played a vital role in our team's success today and I'm happy for him and proud of his effort. Marco has been a guy hovering around the back end of our top-7 and top-10 and today made a big move into our top-5. Their performances strengthen our team in a big way.

Getting up for third on our team, playing a vital role in our team's success today and I'm happy for him an dproud of that effort. Marco for the last two years has been a guy hovering around the back end of our top 10 or 7. for them to get into a position now to really make a significant contribution is a big bonus for us. Strengthens our team in a big way.

'Marlon was tremendous today. He ran well within himself and had a big kick at the end. Our goals today were to get our team together and have them communicate and start running as a unit and as we move forward, now it's going to be a matter of being able to execute similar racing tactics as a group in bigger races.'

UCLA Individual Result (134 runners
3. Marlon Patterson, 25:24.4
6. Alex Crabill, 25:24.4
7. Jun Reichl, 25:37.9
8. Kent Morikawa, 25:39.3
9. Marco Anzures, 25:41.5
31. Kevin Sullivan, 25:31.3
40. David McDonald, 26:52.1
57. Cory Primm, 27:23.4
62. Ryan Gordon, 27:29.00
79. Blake Ramos, 27:56.1
93. Scott Crawford, 28:28.00

Team Results (top-5 of 13)
1. UCLA, 29 points
2. UC Irvine, 60 points
3. Loyola Marymount, 82 points
4. Cal Poly SLO, 95 points
5. Cal State San Marcos, 140 points

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