Bruin Women Qualify for NCAA Championships in Portland

Nov. 15, 2003

PORTLAND, OR - At the 2003 NCAA West Regional Championship, hosted by the University of Portland and held at Blue Lake Park, the Bruin women automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships, placing second with 69 points. The Bruin men placed seventh with 178 points. The Stanford men and women won the regional team titles, scoring 18 and 45 points, respectively. The men's individual winner was Stanford's Ian Dobson, who completed the 10K course in 29:32. Stanford's Alicia Craig won the women's individual title for the second consecutive year, completing the 6K course in 20:06.

The top-two teams from the regional meets automatically advance to the NCAA Championships. The top-four men and top-five women not on automatically qualifying teams also advance automatically as individuals. At-large individual and team bids will be announced Monday. The NCAA Championships will be held Monday, November 24, in Waterloo, IA.

In the women's 6K race, five Bruins received All-Regional honors (Top-25 finishers). Senior Valerie Flores continued to lead the Bruins, placing fourth in 20:30. Redshirt freshman Ashley Caldwell was 11th in 20:50. True freshman Alison Costello placed 14th in 20:53. Sophomore Jenna Timinsky was 21st, finishing in 21:03. And, senior Melissa McBain placed 25th in 21:11.

Rounding out the Bruin runners were junior Carmen Winant and sophomore Allison Hall. Winant placed 31st in 21:27. Hall was 34th in 21:38.

'I'm thrilled with the result of us automatically qualifying for the NCAA meet for the first time,' said Head Coach Eric Peterson. 'We've been knocking on the door for years, qualifying as an at-large selection four of the last five years. I am very excited to not have to go through that process with this team. We can immediately adjust our focus to preparing for the National Championship meet.'

'Once again, we were led by Valerie Flores, who has been doing a great job this season as our leader,' said Peterson. 'Today, she proved that she will contend for All-America honors at the National Championship meet.'

'We have two of the best freshman in the country in Ashley Caldwell and Alison Costello,' said Peterson. 'They have been running solidly in the number two and three positions for us. We will look to them to continue to keep that going at the national meet. It was also good to see Jenna Timinsky back in the scoring mix where we need her to be.'

'I am proud that we had five women earn All-Regional honors. If we can continue to progress at the rate we have been recently, it looks as if we are capable of finishing in the Top-10 at nationals, which will certainly be our goal.'

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