UCLA Men's and Women's Teams Place Sixth At Pac-10 Championship

Oct. 30, 2000

Los Angeles, Calif. - Eric Peterson's UCLA women's and men's cross country teams will train through the weekend, preparing for the upcoming NCAA West Region QualifyingMeet, set for Nov. 11 at Fresno.

Last Saturday (Oct. 28), the Bruin women and men placed sixth at the 2000Pacific-10 Cross Country Championships, held in Seattle and hosted by theUniversity of Washington. Stanford, rated No. 2 in the U. S. in women'srankings and No. 3 in the men's, swept both team titles.

In the women's team standings, Stanford won with 51 points, followed by No. 4Arizona State (second-place, 67), No. 8 Arizona (third-place, 79), No. 6Washington (fourth-place, 83), fifth-place Washington State (124), sixth-placeUCLA (134), seventh-place Oregon (140), eighth-place USC (226) and ninth-placeCalifornia (254).

Held at Lincoln Park in Seattle, the women's 6000m race was won by Arizona'sTara Chaplin, in a time of 20:10.67. UCLA's top finishers were senior KatieNuanes, who placed 12th, in a time of 21:11.23 and senior Christina Bowen, whowas 14th, in 21:15.40.

UCLA's women scoring finishers were sophomore Kelly Grimes (31st, 22:01.99),junior Bridie Hatch (38th, 22:25.46) and sophomore Melissa McBain (39th,22:30.10). Also running for the Bruin women were senior Gina Donnelly (48th,22:56.07) and sophomore Julia Barbour (49th, 22:59.21).

'The women's team ran the Pac-10 race similar to how we have run all season,'said Peterson, in his seventh season as the head coach of the Bruin women. 'Allseason there has been a big gap between our Nos. 2 and 3 runners. Withoutclosing that gap, we are vulnerable when a team like Washington State has agreat day and sneaks by us.

'We were hoping to be able to close that gap and maybe upset one of the teamsthat finished in the top four,' he said. 'But as it turns out, Stanford, ArizonaState, Arizona and Washington are among the nation's elite teams and we justhave not been able to run at that level.'

In the men's team race, Stanford won with 21 points, followed by No. 13Oregon (second-place, 66), No. 10 Arizona (third-place, 70), fourth-placeArizona State (114), fifth-place Washington (117), sixth-place UCLA (142),seventh-place Washington State (190) and eighth-place California (195).The men's 8000m race was won by Stanford's Jonathon Riley, in a time of23:39.59. UCLA's top finisher was junior Bryan Green, placing eighth in a timeof 23:57.57. Green has placed in the Top 10 of every UCLA men's meet (five) thisseason.

UCLA's men scoring finishers were senior Paul Muite (23rd, 24:31.50), freshmanJon Rankin (24th, 24:32.28), junior Justin Patananan (42nd, 25:12.60) and juniorAndrew Wulf (45th, 25:16.46). The Bruins' other men's runners were senior ScottAbbott (46th, 25:36.05), and senior Mason Moore (47th, 25:37.32).

'We set a goal to follow a particular race place,' said Peterson, in his firstseason coaching both the Bruin men's and women's teams. 'At the Pac-10, some ofour younger runners pushed the pace too early and it forced our whole team to goout to fast. For the next two weeks, we will be working on our discipline tofollow the team plan. Our team needs to be strong at the end of the race inorder to maximize our chances of finishing in a higher position.'

UCLA's next meet is the NCAA West Regional Qualifying, set for Nov. 11 inFresno. Qualified teams and individuals will then advance to the 2000 NCAACross Country Championships, held at Ames, IA on Nov. 20.

Sept. 2 - at CS Fullerton Invite (women first, men second)
Sept. 16 - at Aztec Invite (San Diego) (women third, men third)
Sept. 23 - at Roy Griak Invite (Minneapolis, MN) (women, 18th)
Sept. 23 - at Sun Dodger Invite (Seattle, WA) (men, third)
Sept. 30 - at Stanford Invite (women, sixth, men, third)
Oct. 7 - at Penn State Invite (women, first)
Oct. 15 - at Wolverine Interregional (Ann Arbor, MI) (men, fourth)
Oct. 20 - at Titan Invite (Fullerton) (women first, men 'B' second)
Oct. 28 - at Pacific-10 Championship (Seattle, WA) (women, sixth, men, sixth)
Nov. 11 - at NCAA West Region Qualifying (Fresno)
Nov. 20 - at NCAA Championship

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