No. 12 UCLA Women Compete In The Pre-National Invitational On Saturday, Oct. 18, Hosted By Northern Iowa University

Oct. 14, 2003

Eric Peterson's UCLA women and men's cross country teams will travel to Waterloo, IA for Saturday's (Oct. 18) Pre-National Invitational, hosted by Northern Iowa University.

The women's seeded 6K (purple race, 10:20 a.m./gold race, 10:55 a.m.) and men's seeded 8K races (purple race, 9 a.m. PST/gold race, 9:40 a.m. PST) will take place on the Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course in Waterloo. The course is a preview for the upcoming 2003 NCAA Championships, hosted by Northern Iowa on Monday, Nov. 24.

Bruin Women

The UCLA women's team this week is rated No. 12 in the U. S. In all, 23 of the nation's Top 30 women's squads will be running in Waterloo, including seven teams from the nation's Top 10 - No. 1 Brigham Young, No. 2 Stanford, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 6 North Carolina State, No. 7 Colorado, No. 8 Georgetown and No. 9 Columbia. Already this season, the Bruins have beaten BYU (at the Big Wave Invite in Honolulu, Sept. 20) and Stanford (at the Stanford Invite, Sept. 27).

Running for the Bruin women at the Pre-National Invite will be - seniors, Valerie Flores (San Pedro) and Melissa McBain (Thousand Oaks); junior Carmen Winant (Philadelphia, PA/Germantown Friends); sophomores, Jenna Timinsky (Encinitas/San Dieguito Academy), Allison Hall (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo) and Sarah West (Davis); redshirt freshman Ashley Caldwell (Los Gatos) and freshman Alison Costello (Yorba Linda/Esperanza).

Last Saturday (Oct. 11) at the Triton Classic hosted by UC San Diego, the UCLA women were led by Winant, who placed fourth (22:42.5) in the Div. I 6K event. UCLA's 'B' squad won the Div. I 6K Triton team title with 47 points, ahead of second-place UC Irvine (48), third-place San Diego State (69), fourth-place USC (94) and fifth-place Pepperdine (131). Along with Winant, the Bruins had two other runners in the Top 10 - West, who placed fifth (22:49.4) and redshirt freshman Emily Haigh (Santa Ana/Foothill), who was 10th (23:15.8).

'I'm happy with how our team has been running and developing,' said Peterson, in his 10th season coaching the Bruin women. 'Our younger athletes have responded well when given the opportunity to contribute.'

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