Sept. 4, 2001
The UCLA women's and men's 'B' teams will compete Saturday (Sept. 8) at theUC IrvineCross Country Invitational, held at Central Park in Huntington Beach. Thewomen's 5000m race willstart at 9:00 a.m. and the men's 5-miles event will begin at 9:45 a.m. Theremainder of the Bruinvarsity will continue to train at Mammoth Lakes.
Eric Peterson's Bruins had a successful season opener last Saturday (Sept.1), as the UCLAwomen placed second and the Bruin men were third at the CS Fullerton/Jammin'Cross CountryInvitational, held at Carbon Canyon Park in Brea.The Bruin women placed second in the team standings with 51 points and theUCLA menwere third, with 82. Stanford, preseason rated No. 1 in both women's and men's competition, wonboth team titles and both individual crowns.In women's team scoring (Top 5 of 15 teams), Stanford placed first with 18points, followedby UCLA (51), UC Santa Barbara (98), USC (112) and CS Fullerton (190). Theindividual winnerover the 5000m course was Stanford's Mariel Ettinger (17.33.1).The Bruin women placed six runners in the Top 20, including three truefreshmen. UCLAwas led by freshman Alejandra Barrientos, who placed fifth in a time of17:54.1. Joining her in theTop 10 was junior Elaine Canchola, in seventh-place (17:58.8). The Bruinshad four more runnersfinish in the Top 20 - freshman Carmen Winant (12th, 18:13.8), freshman LoriMann (14th, 18:28.3),sophomore Jessica Marr (16th, 18:32.2) and sophomore Valerie Flores (17th,18.32.7).
'I was happy with the way we ran our race plan,' said Peterson, in hiseighth season. 'Wehave a strong freshman class, placing three among our Top 5 runners. Six ofour athletes ran theirbest races ever. Despite our youth and inexperience, I was very impressedand pleased with our teameffort.'
In men's team scoring (Top 5 of 12 teams), Stanford won with 25 points,followed by CalBaptist (64), UCLA (82), Cal Coast TC (111) and CS Fullerton (153). Stanford's Sean Knapp placedfirst over the 8000m course in a time of 24:32.6.
The Bruin men had two runners in the Top 10 and a third finishing in the Top15. UCLAwas led by senior Bryan Green, who finished fifth with a mark of 24:49.2.Datingback to last season, with the exception of last year's NCAA Championships,Green hasplaced in the Top 10 of every UCLA cross country competition. Joining him inthe Top 10 wassophomore Jon Rankin, in eighth-place (24:58.3). UCLA also got a strongperformance fromfreshman Robert Kubler, placing 15th (25:38.5).
The Bruin men's four-through-six runners were - freshmen redshirt SethNeumuller (28th,25:53.2), senior Justin Patananan (30th, 25:57.7) and freshman Puneet Mahan(33rd, 26:12.6).'Green and Rankin were very impressive,' said, Peterson, in his secondseason as headcoach of both the UCLA men's and women's cross country teams. 'They are inmidseason form andI think showed they can run with anyone in the Pac-10 and our region. Ourcombination of theleadership from Green and Rankin and the fine effort by our newcomers wereimpressive.'Following the UCI meet, the Bruins will travel to Seattle, WA on Sept. 22for the SundodgerInvitational, hosted by the University of Washington .
2001 UCLA MEN'S AND WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY SCHEDULE
Sat., Sept. 1 at CS Fullerton Invitational (women, 2nd, men, third)Sat., Sept. 8 at UC Irvine Invitational (UCLA 'B' teams)Sat., Sept. 22 at Sundodger Invitational (Seattle, WA)Sat., Sept. 29 at Roy Griak Invitational (Minneapolis, MN)Fri., Oct. 5 at Arizona State InvitationalSat., Oct. 13 at NCAA Preview Meet (Greenville, SC)Fri., Oct. 19 at CS Fullerton InvitationalSat., Oct. 27 at Pacific-10 Championship (Tempe, AZ)Sat., Nov. 10 at NCAA West Region Qualifying (Tucson, AZ)Mon., Nov. 19 at NCAA Championship (Greenville, SC)