UCLA to Compete at Stanford Invitational Saturday

Sept. 20, 2004

Eric Peterson's men and women's cross country squads on Saturday (Sept. 25) will compete at the Stanford Invitational. Held on the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, both Bruin teams will compete in the 4000m races (women, 4:35 p.m./men, 4:55 p.m.).

Along with the Bruins, there are 19 teams in the women's competition and 17 in the men's, including California, Kentucky, SMU (women only), defending National Champion Stanford and Vanderbilt (women only).

Bruin Men
Last season at Stanford, the UCLA men were runner-up in the 5k race. Scheduled to compete for the Bruins on Saturday are - seniors Ben Aragon, Erik Emilsson, Jon Rankin and Nick Thornton; juniors Nick De Felice and Martel Munguia; sophomores Micky Cobrin and Austin Ramos, and freshmen, Kyle Shackleton and Mike Haddan.

UCLA opened its 2004 season at the San Francisco Invitational on Sept. 4, finishing second in the team competition with 49 points, behind winner Stanford (15 points, the defending national champion). Rankin paced the Bruins, with a seventh place finish (24:11.6/8K). The Bruins had five other runners in the Top 15 - Cobrin (9th, 24:17.2), Emilsson (11th, 24:27.2), Aragon (13th, 24:45.5), Shackleton (14th, 24:50.2) and Haddan (15th, 25:05.3).

Looking Ahead
Following the Stanford Invitational, the Bruins will travel to South Bend, IN to compete at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, Oct. 1.

'This is the first counting weekend (toward national rankings) as we head into the Stanford Invitational,' Peterson said. 'This will be a solid meet. We're using the Stanford Invitational to measure our progress (from our first meet until now) and to tune-up for next weekend's major inter-regional meet at Notre Dame.'

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