UCLA Women's Cross Country Squad Earns NCAA At-Large Bid

Nov. 13, 2001

Eric Peterson's UCLA women's cross country team, rated No. 25 in the U. S., earned anat-large bid and Bruin senior Bryan Green garnered an automatic individual bid to compete inMonday's (Nov. 19) 2001 NCAA Championships, held in Greenville, SC and hosted by FurmanUniversity.

Peterson, in his eighth season coaching the Bruin women and second coaching both theUCLA women and men's cross country teams, has led the Bruin women to a team at-large bid three(1998-99-01) of the last four seasons. In the last three weeks, the UCLA women solidified theirat-large status by placing fifth at the NCAA West Region Qualifying meet on Nov. 10 in Tucson andfourth at the Pac-10 Championships on Oct. 27 in Scottsdale, AZ.

At last Saturday's NCAA West Region meet, the Bruin women had three runners in the Top31 placements - sophomore Valerie Flores, (23rd, 22:07.90), junior Elaine Canchola (27th, 22:12.50)and true freshman Alejandra Barrientos (31st, 22:21.80).

Green, from Littlerock HS in Palmdale, has been the UCLA men's top runner for the lasttwo years. This fall, although slowed by a severe bout of the flu in the last half of the season, Greenwon the 8000m title at the Sundodger Invitational on Sept. 22 in Seattle, WA, and was the teamleader by placing 18th at the Pac-10 meet and 22nd at the NCAA West Regional. As a junior last fall,Green placed in the Top 10 of every regular season meet and qualified for the NCAA Championshipsas an at-large individual.

The Bruin men were not able to compete consistently as a team this fall because of injuries toseveral key runners throughout the 2001 season. At the Pac-10 meet, the UCLA men placed sixth andfinished ninth at the NCAA West Regional.

The favorites to win the team titles at the 2001 NCAA Cross Country Championships are -in the men's division, No. 1 ranked Colorado, No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 Arkansas and in the women'sdivision, No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 BYU and No. 3 Georgetown. Stanford won both the 2001 Pac-10 andNCAA West Region meets.

Other Pac-10 teams that qualified for the NCAA Championships are - in the men's division(all at-large berths), No. 23 Arizona, No. 15 Arizona State and No. 14 Oregon and in the women'sdivision, No. 9 Arizona and as at-large teams, No. 10 Arizona State and No. 19 Washington.

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