UCLA Women Place Second, Bruin Men Third at Saturday's CS Fullerton Season Opener Cross Country Invitational

Aug. 31, 2002

Eric Peterson's UCLA cross country teams competed Saturday at the CS Fullerton 'Season Opener' Invitational, held at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea. The Bruin women placed second in the team standings, led by sophomore Lori Mann's sixth-place finish and the UCLA men were third, paced by sophomore Ben Aragon who was ninth.

Bruin Women

In the team standings, Stanford (the Cardinal placed fifth at last year's NCAA Championships) took first-place with 17 points, followed by UCLA (43, the Bruins placed 21st last season at the NCAA), UC Santa Barbara (129), Cal Coast TC (131) and USC (156, to round out the Top 5 of 17 teams).

Individually, the Bruin women had four Top 10 finishers - Mann (Coto de Caza/Santa Margarita Catholic), sixth-place (17:45.50), freshman Jenna Timinsky (Encinitas/San Dieguito Academy), seventh-place (17:50.00), sophomore Alejandra Barrientos (Felton/San Lorenzo Valley), eighth-place (17:54.70) and freshman Sarah West (Davis HS), 10th-place (18:00.50). In the women's 5000m race there was a tie for first-place, between Stanford's Alicia Craig and Sara Bei, both timed in 17:01.70.

Two of UCLA's top runners did not compete today - juniors Lena Nilsson (Vallentuna, Sweden) and Tiffany Burgess (Van Nuys/Birmingham HS). Nilsson had a spectacular 2002 track season, winning the NCAA Outdoor 1500m and setting two (800m/1500m) school records. Burgess, who last spring ran the No. 2 time in school history in the 800m, is slowed with a foot injury. Both runners will compete for the Bruin women's cross country squad later this season.

As a team, the Bruin women enter 2002 as one of the top squads on the West Coast and are looking to qualify for the upcoming NCAA Championships in November at Terre Haute, IN (if the Bruin women do qualify as a team to the NCAA meet, it will be for the fourth time in the last five years).

'Our team competed great today,' said Peterson, in his ninth season coaching the Bruin women 'In particular, the front three - Lori Mann, Jenna Timinsky and Alejandra Barrientos all ran well. Lori finished strongly, moving to sixth from 12th-place in the last half of the race, Jenna went out strong with the Stanford runners and Alejandra has a good kick and finished strongly over the last 400m.'

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Bruin Men

Stanford, preseason ranked No. 2 in the U. S., won the men's team title with 17 points, followed by Cal Coast TC (74), UCLA (125), CS Fullerton (130) and UC Riverside (148, to round out the Top 5 of 14 teams.).

Aragon (Santee/West Hills) placed ninth, covering the 8000m course in 25:23.70. Aragon is looking to be one of the top young runners on the West Coast during this cross country season. In track last summer as a true freshman in the 1500m, he placed sixth at the U.S. Junior meet and seventh at the Pac-10 and ran a personal-best 3:48.63.

UCLA had two other runners finish in the Top 35 - sophomore Puneet Mahan (Norwalk HS), 31st (26:10.10) and senior Phil Young (La Canada HS), 34th (26:13.30). The men's race was won by Stanford's Adam Tenforde (24:44.40).

UCLA's Justin Patananan (Palmdale/Highland HS) competed unattached and placed fourth, in a time of 25:02.30. He has no cross country eligibility remaining but will be a senior in 2003 for indoor and outdoor track.

Not running for the Bruins today were two top performers, sophomores, Jon Rankin (Spring Valley/Monte Vista HS) and Erik Emilsson (Bjarred, Sweden). Rankin, the 2001 U.S. Junior 1500m champion, missed all of last year with leg stress fractures. Emilsson is a transfer from Tulane who recently competed in the 1500m final at Sweden's National Championships. Both Rankin and Emilsson will open the season on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Big Wave Invitational in Honolulu, HI.

'What we wanted to determine today was how well our pack of runners was going to compete,' said Peterson, in this third season coaching the Bruin men. 'Ben is showing midseason form. It should be noted that on this same course a year ago, he ran over a minute slower. He's been working hard, looks good and got off to a fine start. I'm pleased with the way Mahan, Young, DeFelice, Thornton and Munguia all competed. We are beginning to show a little more depth in the middle of our team, something we have not had in the last couple of years.'

Looking Ahead

UCLA will now train for 12 days at Mammoth Lakes, preparing for their next meet on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Big Wave Invitational in Honolulu, HI.

CS Fullerton 'Season Opener' Cross Country Invitational
Saturday, Aug. 31, 2002, Carbon Canyon Regional Park, Brea

Women's Team Standings (Top 5 of 17 teams)
1. Stanford 19, 2. UCLA 43, 3. UC Santa Barbara 129, 4. CA Coast TC 131, 5. USC 157.

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Women's Individual (5000m, Top 5 of 153 runners)
1. Alicia Craig, SU, 17:01.70, 1. Sara Bei, SU, 17:01.70, 3. Malindi Elmore, SU, 17:30.20, 4. Jeane Goff, SU, 17:32.00, 5. Heather Frisone, CCTC, 17:37.40.

UCLA/Women Individually
6. Lori Mann, 17:45.50, 7. Jenna Timinsky, 17:45.50, 8. Alejandra Barrientos, 17:54.70, 10. Sarah West, 18:00.50, 12. Carmen Winant, 18:01.00, 15. Melissa McBain, 18:21.80, 16. Carolyn Shea, 18:22.60, 18. Allison Hall, 18:29.70, 19. Laura Muller, 18:30.50, 25. Jessica Marr, 18:49.10, 27. Valerie Flores, 18:53.10, 31. Leslie Barrie, 19:04.00, 56. Ashley Allen, 19:46.00, 91. Jenny Esser, 20:28.90,

Men's Team Standings (Top 5 of 14 teams)
1. Stanford 17, 2. CA Coast TC 74, 3. UCLA 125, 4. CS Fullerton 130, 5. UC Riverside 148.

Men's Individual (8000m, Top 5 of 142 runners)
1. Adam Tenforde, SU, 24:44.40, 2. Jesse Thomas, SU, 24:47.20, 3. Neil Davis, SU, 24:52.60, 4. Justin Patananan, UNAT, 25:02.30, 5. Steve Frisone, CCTC, 25:11.10.

UCLA/Men Individually
9. Ben Aragon, 25:23.70, 31. Puneet Mahan, 26:10.10, 34. Phil Young, 26:13.30, 42. Nick DeFelice, 26:22.90, 44. Nick Thornton, 26:24.70, 51. Bryan Bauerle, 26:36.10, 56. Reggie Oronoz, 26:44.00, 58. Martell Munguia, 26:46.60, 94. Lucas Crowley, 27:52.20, 100. Nico Cueva, 28:07.70.

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