Men's Cross Country Ready For NCAA Championships

Nov. 23, 2008

Eric Peterson and the UCLA men's cross country team will compete on Monday morning at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, IN. The 10k race will begin around 9:45 am (PST). The Bruins received an at-large bid to the NCAA meet after a successful sixth-place team finish at the NCAA West Regional two weeks ago.

The men are returning to the NCAA meet for the first time since the 2006 season in which the Bruins placed 24th overall. That year was the first time under Peterson's tenure as head coach that the Bruins advanced to the National Championship as a team.

Last year, Austin Ramos, Kyle Shackleton and Drew Shackleton competed at the NCAA meet with Ramos earning All-American honors.

This year's squad is led by seniors Drew Shackleton and Laef Barnes. Both men have ran as UCLA's No. 1 runner several times throughout the year and are ready to lead this team to a strong team finish.

Supporting Shackleton and Barnes are a very talented group of runners. Senior Mike Haddan had a big meet at Pac-10's and Regionals and is ready for his final run on the trail as a Bruin. Also, junior Marco Anzures, who had a breakout meet at regionals, will be gunning to finish as one of UCLA's top five finishers on Monday. Sophomore Kent Morikawa, junior Marlon Patterson, junior Alex Crabill and sophomore Kevin Sullivan will also be looking to make some noise on the trail as all have been scorers for UCLA in the past several meets.

The meet will be televised live on CSTV and also live via webcast at NCAA.com.

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