Barnes & Shackleton Lead Men's Cross Country To 6th-Place Finish At Regionals
Nov. 15, 2008
The senior duo of Laef Barnes and Drew Shackleton led the Bruin men's cross country team to a sixth-place finish at the West Region Championships on Saturday in Palo Alto. Both men earned All-West Region honors as the Bruins will now have to wait and see if they are given an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, which are in two weeks in Terre Haute, IN.
Barnes rebounded from a tough Pac-10 race two weeks ago in which a side stitch and subsequent back spasms hindered his performance with an All-West Region run on Saturday as he was UCLA's No. 1 runner in 16th-place overall (29:31.49). Shackleton finished in 22nd-place to also earn All-West Region honors as he ran 29:47.03.
Junior Marco Anzures had a big performance as he was the Bruins' No. 3 runner, finishing in 31st-place in a time of 29:58.47. Junior Marlon Patterson was 35th (30:11.28) and sophomore Kent Morikawa was 41st (30:22.35) to round out the top five Bruin runners.
'The men had a solid race today,' said head coach Eric Peterson. 'The conditions were perfect, just a little on the warm side. The course was in excellent condition. The competition was almost a mirror of the Pac-10 race, with the addition of very good teams in Portland and Cal Poly SLO. I feel really good about the competition the kids face week in and week out. We have a lot of wins against today's regional field across the country. It's in the hands of the committee to excecute the at-large process. We will see how it washes out.
'It was great to see Laef bounce back from an off race at Pac-10s two weeks ago. He ran conservatively early on, but was outstanding over the second half of the race. Marco, Kent and Marlon also had great perfromances. It was a great team performance and we are hopeful that it will be good enough to be included in the NCAA field. This team is a very deseriving group to run at NCAAs.'
Team Results (top 5 of 25 teams)
1. Oregon, 38 points
2. Stanford, 72 points
3. Portland, 85 points
4. California, 116 points
5. Washington, 122 points
6. UCLA, 145 points
UCLA Individual Results (174 runners)
16. Laef Barnes, 29:31.49
22. Drew Shackleton, 29:47.03
31. Marco Anzures, 29:58.47
35. Marlon Patterson, 30:11.28
41. Kent Morikawa, 30:22.35
51. Mike Haddan, 30:38.40
67. Kevin Sullivan, 31:09.07