UCLA B-Team Runs At CS Fullerton Invite Friday

Oct. 21, 2003

Eric Peterson's UCLA women and men's cross country 'B' teams on Friday (Oct. 24) will run in the CS Fullerton Invitational, held in Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea. The women's 5K race will start at 4 p.m. and the men's 8K event begins at 4:45 p.m.

The UCLA varsity squads, this week the Bruin women are rated No. 15 in the U. S., will train through this weekend, preparing for the upcoming 2003 Pacific-10 Championships, held Saturday, Nov. 1 in Pullman and hosted by Washington State. The Pac-10 meet is the first of three major collegiate cross country events in the month of November. Following the conference meet, the 2003 NCAA Region VIII Championships will be held Saturday, Nov. 15 in Portland and on Monday, Nov. 24 in Waterloo, IA, Northern Iowa University will host the 2003 NCAA Championships. Under Peterson, the Bruin women have qualified as a team to the NCAA Championships four of the last five years (2002-01-99-98).

Last Saturday (Oct. 18), the Bruin women and men's varsity squads competed in the Pre-National meet hosted by Northern Iowa University. The 6000m/8000m races were run on the Irv Warren Memorial Golf Course in Waterloo, IA. Attracting the nation's top women and men's teams, the course is the site for the upcoming NCAA Championship.

Bruin Women

Competing for UCLA on Friday in Brea will be - senior Jessica Marr (Hayward); junior Carolyn Shea (Waterville, ME); sophomores, Ashley Allen (Pleasant Hill/College Park), Leslie Barrie (Torrance) and Jenny Esser (Pleasanton/Foothill); redshirt freshman Emily Haigh (Santa Ana/Foothill) and freshman, Mary Maleta (Santa Cruz/Soquel).

Last Saturday at the Pre-National meet, there were two seeded 6000m races andthe Bruin women ran in the Gold Race. UCLA, ranked No. 12 last week in the U. S., placed fifth with 173 points. No. 2 Stanford won the Gold Race (33 teams) with 66 points, followed by No. 6 North Carolina State (101), No. 7 Colorado (148), No. 15 Wake Forest (163) and No. 12 UCLA. The Bruins were led by senior Valerie Flores (San Pedro), who placed eighth in the 6000m Gold Race in a time of 20:30.4. UCLA had two other runners in the Top 30, freshman Alison Costello (Yorba Linda/Esperanza), who was 24th (21:02.2) and redshirt freshman Ashley Caldwell (Los Gatos), who placed 26th (21:05.2). The winner of the Gold Race was Stanford's Alicia Craig (19:52.6).

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