Bruin Men Claim Seventh Place at Stanford Cross Country Invitational

Eric Peterson's UCLA cross country teams on Saturday (Sept. 28) competed at the Stanford Invitational, held on the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto. The Bruin women, led by sophomore Alejandra Barrientos' seventh-place finish over the 6000m course, placed third in the team standings. The Bruin men were seventh in team scoring.

UCLA Women
The UCLA women, ranked No. 12 in the U. S., placed third in the final team standings, with 85 points, trailing winner No. 3 Stanford (50) and second-place No. 8 Duke (74). In fourth-place was No. 18 Wisconsin (121).

Individually, the Bruins were paced by four runners in the Top 25. Barrientos (Felton/San Lorenzo Valley) finished seventh and ran the 6000m course in a time of 21:09. Following Barrientos for the Bruins were - freshman Jenna Timinsky (Encinitas/San Dieguito Academy) in 13th (21:30), sophomore Lori Mann (Coto de Caza/Santa Margarita Catholic) finishing 19th (21:49) and sophomore Carmen Winant (Philadelphia, PA/Germantown Friends) in 21st (21:51).The women's 6000m race was won by Stanford sophomore Sara Bei (20:02).

The Bruin men finished seventh in the team standings with 201 points. New Mexico, ranked No. 30 (tied) in the U. S., won the men's team title with 61 points, followed by No. 30 Cal Poly-SLO (66) and No. 1 Stanford (84).

The Bruins were paced by three runners in the Top 50. UCLA was led by sophomore Ben Aragon (Santee/West Hills) who ran the 8000m course in a time of 24:41 and placed 38th. The Bruins' other top runners were sophomore Jon Rankin (Spring Valley/Monte Vista), who finished 40th (24:46) and sophomore Erik Emilsson (Bjarred, Sweden), who was 49th (24:54).In the overall individual standings, the men's 8000m race was won by Ian Dobson (unattached, 23:27) and the top collegiate finisher was New Mexico sophomore Cameron Clarke (23:51).

Looking Ahead
UCLA will train through the weekend preparing for the Oct. 12 UC San Diego Invitational.Other top upcoming dates include the Pre-NCAA Meet at Indiana State in Terre Haute, IN on Oct. 19 (Indiana State will host the 2002 NCAA Cross Country Championship on Nov. 25) and the 2002 Pacific-10 Cross Country Championships, hosted by UCLA and held at the Brookside Golf Course around the Rose Bowl on Nov. 2.

Stanford Invitational
Stanford Golf Course/Palo Alto
Sept. 28, 2002

Women's Team Standings (Top 5 of 33 teams)
1. Stanford 50, 2. Duke 74, 3. UCLA 85, 4. Wisconsin 121, 5. UC Irvine 186.

Women's Individual Race (6000m)-Top 5
1. Sara Bei, SU, 20:02; 2. Alicia Craig, SU, 20:09; 3. Clara Horowitz, DU, 20:55; 4. Genevieve Graff-Ermeli, P2URO Pro, 21:03; 5. Elaine Canchola, UW, 21:04.

UCLA Women Individually (6000m)
7. Alejandra Barrientos, 21:09; 13. Jenna Timinsky, 21:30; 19. Lori Mann, 21:49; 21. Carmen Winant, 21:51; 34. Allison Hall, 22:15; 35. Melissa McBain, 22:16; 50. Laura Muller, 22:27; 59. Sarah West, 22:39; 65. Carolyn Shea, 22:46.

UCLA Women Individually (4000m)
24. Jessica Marr, 15:14.

Men's Team Standings (Top 5 of 30 teams)
1. New Mexico 61, 2. Cal Poly-SLO 66, 3. Stanford 84, 4. UC Davis 150, 5. UC Santa Barbara 162. (UCLA placed seventh, 201).

Men's Individual Race (8000m)-Top 5
1. Ian Dobson, UNAT, 23:27; 2. Cameron Clarke, NM, 23:51; 3. Peter Meindl, UNAT, 23:52; 4. Matt Gonzales, NM, 23:55; 5. Donnie Fellows, UNAT, 23:58.

UCLA Men Individually (8000m)
38. Ben Aragon, 24:41; 40. Jon Rankin, 24:46; 49. Erik Emilsson, 24:54; 65. Phil Young, 25:11; 88. Puneet Mahan, 25:35; 90. Martell Munguia, 25:38; 109. Nick De Felice 25:59; 149. Reggie Oronoz, 26:31; 155. Bryan Bauerle, 26:41

UCLA Men Individually (4000m)
30. Nick Thornton, 13:28

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