UCLA Women Gain At-Large Team Bid to 2002 NCAA Cross Country Championships, Fourth Time in the Last Five Years

Nov. 18, 2002

Eric Peterson's UCLA women's cross country team, rated No. 21 in the U. S., has advanced to the upcoming 2002 NCAA Championships, earning an at-large team berth, announced Monday. Under Peterson, it's the fourth time in the last five seasons the Bruin women have advanced as a team to the NCAA Cross Country meet.

2002 NCAA Cross Country Championships

UCLA Women
Indiana State (Terre Haute, IN) will host the upcoming nationals on Monday, Nov. 25 (women's 6000m, 9 a.m. PT; men's 10,000m, 10:15 a.m. PT). Leading the UCLA women will be junior Lena Nilsson (Vallentuna, Sweden), who will be one of the favorites to win the individual 6000m title. Last Saturday (Nov. 16) at the NCAA West Regional Qualifying at No. 2 Stanford, Nilsson placed second overall, running the 6000m course in a time of 20:45. The race winner was Stanford sophomore Alicia Craig (20:39). Nilsson led the UCLA women to a third-place team finish (82 points), behind winner Stanford (24) and second-place No. 17 Arizona State (70). Also leading the Bruins will be true freshman Jenna Timinsky (Encinitas/San Dieguito Academy), who placed ninth at the Regional meet, in a time of 21:46. Along with Nilsson and Timinsky, running for the Bruins at the national meet will be - junior, Valerie Flores (San Pedro HS), who was 29th (22:26) at the Regional meet; sophomores, Carmen Winant (Philadelphia, PA/Germantown Friends), 19th (22:11) at the Regional meet, Lori Mann (Coto de Caza/Santa Margarita Catholic), 27th (22:23) at the Regional meet, Alejandra Barrientos (Felton/San Lorenzo Valley), 28th (22:25) at the Regional meet and freshman Allison Hall (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo), who placed 52nd (23:03) at the Regional Meet. Last year at the 2001 NCAA Championships in Greenville, SC, the Bruin women placed 21st as a team.

The Bruin men's season came to a close at Saturday's regional meet, placing eighth (236 points) out of 23 teams. No. 1 Stanford was the team winner (21), followed by second-place Oregon (43) and third-place Cal Poly (115). UCLA's top finisher was sophomore Erik Emilsson (Bjarred, Sweden), who placed 34th over the 10,000m course in a time of 31:49. The men's individual winner was Stanford junior Donald Sage (30:13).

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