Women's Cross Country Update

Sept. 10, 2003

Eric Peterson's UCLA women's cross country team will open the 2003 campaign on Saturday (Sept. 13), travelling to San Diego to compete in the Aztec Invitational at Balboa Park. The Bruins will be sending 'B' squads for both the women's (5K/8:45 a.m.) and men's (8K/10 a.m.) competitions.

Bruin Women
In the women's division, along with the UCLA 'B' squad, also competing will be No. 10 Northern Arizona, Biola, CS Dominguez, CS Los Angeles, CS San Marcos, San Diego State, Scottsdale, Southern Utah, UC Irvine, UC San Diego and USC.

Running for UCLA at the Aztec Invite will be junior Carolyn Shea (Waterville, ME HS); sophomores, Sarah West (Davis HS), Leslie Barrie (Torrance HS), Ashley Allen (Pleasant Hill/College Park), Maribeth Buche (Yorba Linda/Esperanza) and Jenny Esser (Pleasanton/Foothill); redshirt freshmen Ashley Caldwell (Los Gatos HS) and Emily Haigh (Santa Ana/Foothill) and true freshmen Alison Costello (Yorba Linda/Esperanza), Raquel Barrientos (Felton/San Lorenzo Valley) and Mary Maleta (Santa Cruz/Soquel).

West was a true freshman last fall and ran for the Bruins in the Pac-10 meet. In track last spring, she ran an 18:05.75 (5000m). Shea last fall ran in six cross country meets. In track, she is a versatile performer, running anything between 1500m and 10,000m and her 10:54.91 (3000m steeplechase) is No. 4 in school history. Costello is UCLA top incoming freshman. A 2003 first-team Los Angeles Times All-Star Girls track & field performer in the 1600m/3200m, Costello was third in the 1600m at the 2003 CA State meet in a personal-best 4:53.74.

'We have been at Mammoth Lakes for a week of training at high altitude,' said Peterson, entering his 10th season as head coach of the Bruin women. 'Our team is as strong as any team we've had over the years. I'm very excited to see this improvement realized by a number of our young athletes. The maturity of Sarah West, Carolyn Shea and Ashley Caldwell is significant. I'm looking to forward to having a very capable freshman, Alison Costello, contribute to our success.'

Looking Ahead
The UCLA women's varsity runners, preseason rated No. 24 in the U. S., will travel to Honolulu on Saturday, Sept. 20 to compete in the Hawaii Invitational.

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