Bruin Women Place Third at Pac-10 Championships

Nov. 1, 2003

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Pullman, WA - At the 2003 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships, held at the Washington State Golf Course in Pullman, WA, the Bruin women placed third wtih 79 points. Winning women's titles for the eighth consecutive year was Stanford, which scored 22 points. Arizona State was runner-up, scoring 78 points. The women's individual winner was Stanford's Sara Bei, who defended her 2002 title by completing the 6,000m course in 21:12.1.

Runners receiving All-Conference honors (top-seven finishers) were Bei, Alicia Craig (21:12.2, Stanford), Arianna Lambie (21:21.4, Stanford), Amy Hastings (21:40.1, Arizona State), Magdalena Sandoval (21:45.9, Oregon), Katy Trotter (21:52.2, Stanford) and senior Valerie Flores (seventh, 21:55.10).

Five Bruins finished in the Top-25. Flores led the Bruins and was the highest finisher. Redshirt freshman Ashley Caldwell was 14th (22:17.2), followed by true freshman Alison Costello who was 15th in 22:19.0. Senior Melissa McBain finished 19th in 22:40.9. And, junior Carmen Winant was 24th in 23:07.2.

Other Bruin finishers were sophomore Jenna Timinsky (27th, 23:17.4), Carolyn Shea (37th, 23:40.1), Allison Hall (38th, 23:42.1), Sarah West (42nd, 23:47.1) and redshirt freshman Emily Haigh (64th, 25:00.2).

'I think that we were very much looking forward to testing the depth and strength of our team against Stanford and Arizona State,' said head coach Eric Peterson. 'Those two teams are ranked in the Top-Five in the nation.'

'We are not happy to finish third because we feel that we have a team capable of competing well and beating Arizona State. However, I am very pleased at the contribution of a number of different people on the team. For today, the solid running of Melissa McBain and Carmen Winant, as well as the consistent performance of Valerie Flores, Ashley Caldwell and Alison Costello.'

'It is great to see Val run so well in the first phase of the post-season against top runners who are excellent conference runners, but who will battle for All-America spots at the NCAA Championships.'

Team Results
1. Stanford, 22 points
2. Arizona State, 78 points
3. UCLA, 79 points
4. Washington, 123 points
5. Oregon, 161 points
6. Arizona, 179 points
7. USC, 185 points
8. Washington State, 187 points
9. Cal, 202 points

Top Seven Finishers (All-Pac-10)
1. Sara Bei, Stanford - 21:12.1
2. Alicia Craig, Stanford - 21:12.2
3. Arianna Lambie, Stanford - 21:21.4
4. Amy Hastings, ASU - 21:40.1
5. Magdalena Sandoval, Oregon - 21:45.9
6. Katy Trotter, Stanford - 21:52.2
7. Valerie Flores, UCLA - 21:55.10

UCLA Individual
7. Valerie Flores, 21:55.10
14. Ashley Caldwell, 22:17.2
15. Alison Costello, 22:19.0
19. Melissa McBain, 22:40.9
24. Carmen Winant, 23:07.2
27. Jenna Timinsky, 23:17.4
37. Carolyn Shea, 23:40.1
38. Allison Hall, 23:42.1
42. Sarah West, 23:47.1
64. Emily Haigh, 25:00.2

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