Men's And Women's Cross Country Heads To Seattle

Oct. 23, 2000

UCLA Men's and Women's Teams To Compete At Pac-10 Championships Saturday inSeattle, Last Friday At Titan Invite, UCLA Women Placed First, Bruin Men 'B'Team Second

Eric Peterson's UCLA women's and men's cross country teams travel toSeattle, WA to compete in the 2000 Pac-10 Championships Saturday (Oct. 28). Thewomen's 6000m and men's 8000m races will be held at the Lincoln Park course,beginning with the women's race at 11 a.m. and followed by the men's race at12:15 p.m.

Competing for the Bruin women will be seniors Christina Bowen, Katie Nuanesand Gina Donnelly, junior Bridget Hatch, sophomores Kelly Grimes, Melissa McBainand Julia Barbour, or freshman Valerie Flores.

This season, the Bruin women have been led by Bowen and Nuanes. Bowen, fromDanville and San Ramon HS, has been UCLA's top runner, leading UCLA in five ofthis season's six meets. She has won individual collegiate titles at the CSFullerton (Sept. 2), Aztec (Sept. 16) and Titan (Oct. 20) Invites. Nuanes, fromSanta Ana and Santa Margarita HS, last Friday at the Titan Invite, placedsecond, but finished with the same winning time as Bowen (17:35.3 over 5000m).Bowen and Nuanes led the Bruins to the women's team title last Friday at theTitan Invite at Fullerton.

Four Pac-10 women's teams are ranked in the nation's Top 10 in the latestnational poll ' No. 2 Stanford, No.4 Arizona State, No.6 Washington and No. 8Arizona. 'We feel that we can compete with those teams,' said Peterson, in hisseventh season coaching the Bruin women. 'I'm confident in how we match up. Ourgoals are to finish in the top four at the Pac-10, compete well at the NCAAQualifying meet and put ourselves in the position to be considered for anat-large bid to the national championships.'

Last season, the Bruin women placed fourth at the Pac-10 and NCAA WestRegional meets and qualified for their second consecutive NCAA Championship asan at-large team.

Seniors Mason Moore, Paul Muite and Scott Abbott will lead the Bruin men.Also competing for the Bruins will be juniors Andrew Wulf and Justin Patanananand freshman Jon Rankin. Sophomore Phil Young is listed as an alternate.

Green, from Palmdale and Littlerock HS, has led the Bruin men this season. He'sbeen UCLA's top runner in all five meets this season, placing in the Top 10 inevery invitational.

The men's race looks to be hotly contested with three teams ranked in thenational Top-25 ' No. 3 Stanford, No. 10 Arizona and No. 13 Oregon. 'This is animportant meet because we feel good about our level of improvement during theseason,' said Peterson, in his first season coaching the UCLA men's team.'Right now, Stanford, Arizona and Oregon are favored to finish in the top threespots. We feel that we can finish in the top four, which is our goal. Like withour women, the men hope to run well at the Pac-10, place high at the NCAARegional and put ourselves in position to be considered for an NCAA at-largebid.'

Last weekend, the Bruin men's varsity did not compete in an invitationaland trained through weekend preparing for the Pac-10 Championships. Last Fridayat the Titan Invite, the Bruin men's 'B' team placed second and Patananan wasthe men's top collegiate finisher, finishing the 8000m course in 24:55.5In 1999, the UCLA men placed seventh at the Pac-10 and 10th at the NCAA WestRegional.

Looking ahead, the NCAA West Regional Qualifying meet will be Nov. 11 at Fresnoand the 2000 NCAA Championships will take place Nov. 20 in Ames, IA.

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