UCLA To Compete Saturday At Triton Classic Cross Country Invitational

Oct. 7, 2002

Eric Peterson's UCLA women and men's cross country teams will compete Saturday (Oct. 12) at the Triton Classic Cross Country Invitational, hosted by UC San Diego.

The competition course is located on the athletic fields at UCSD in La Jolla (the start and finish area is a grass athletic field located adjacent to the track and field stadium). The men's 8000m race will start at 8:30 a.m. and the women's 6000m event begins at 9:30 a.m.

Bruin Women

UCLA's women this week are rated No. 18 in the U. S. Running for the Bruins on Saturday will be juniors, Valerie Flores (San Pedro HS), Melissa McBain (Thousand Oaks HS) and Jessica Marr (Hayward HS), sophomore Carolyn Shea (Waterville, ME HS), and freshmen, Allison Hall (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS), Sarah West (Davis HS), Laura Muller (Woodland HS), Leslie Barrie (Torrance HS), Ashley Allen (Pleasant Hill/College Park HS) and Jenny Esser (Pleasanton/Foothill HS).

Not running for UCLA this weekend will be top performers - sophomores, Alejandra Barrientos (Felton/San Lorenzo Valley HS), Lori Mann (Coto de Caza/Santa Margarita Catholic) and Carmen Winant (Philadelphia, PA/Germantown Friends HS), along with freshman Jenna Timinsky (Encinitas/San Dieguito Academy). They will be training through the weekend, preparing for the upcoming NCAA Preview Meet on Oct. 19, held at Indiana State in Terre Haute. Indiana State is also hosting the 2002 NCAA Cross Country Championship on Nov. 25.

Possibly also running for the Bruin women at Terre Haute, in her first cross country race of the season, may be junior Lena Nilsson, who had an outstanding 2002 outdoor track campaign. In outdoor track, Nilsson, from Vallentuna, Sweden, won the 800m/1500m at Sweden's National Championships, set the school records in the 800m (2:02.26) and 1500m (4:09.89), won the 1500m at the NCAA and won both the 800m/1500m at the Pac-10 and was named the conference Women's T & F Athlete of the Year.

'I'm very pleased with the progress of the women's team so far this season,' said Peterson, in his ninth season coaching the UCLA women's squad. 'The strength of this team lies in the consistency of our front runners (Barrientos, Timinsky, Mann, and Winant).'However, we have a number of very capable runners on this entry list that can contribute at a scoring level,' he said. 'I'm excited to have Valerie Flores (2001 Most Improved Runner and former Footlocker National qualifier) back in our lineup. She has been training well over the past 10 days after an illness and is looking forward to making a strong impact on our team. McBain and Hall have been consistent performers over the past two races and Shea and West seem to be improving almost daily. I look for this group of athletes to compete very hard and aggressively this weekend.'

2002 Season

The Bruins did not compete last weekend (Oct. 5). On Sept. 28, the Bruin women placed third at the prestigious Stanford Invite, led by Barrientos' seventh-place finish over the 6000m course. The UCLA men were seventh in team scoring.

After the Oct. 19 NCAA Preview meet in Terre Haute, UCLA will run on Oct. 25 at the CS Fullerton Invitational, preparing for the upcoming Pac-10 Championship on Saturday, Nov. 2. The 2002 Pac-10 Cross Country Championship is hosted by UCLA at the Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena.

On Nov. 16, Stanford will host the NCAA West Region Qualifying meet and on Nov. 25, Indiana State will host the NCAA Championships. The UCLA women are looking to qualify for the NCAA meet for the fourth time in the last five seasons.

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