Bruin Senior Jon Rankin Earns All-American Honors at NCAA CC Championships

Nov. 22, 2004

In the men's individual race, Bruin senior Jon Rankin on Monday, UCLA's only men's entry, earned All-American honors, by placing 39th over the 10,000m course in a time of 31:49.8 (the Bruin men did not compete as a team) at the 2004 NCAA Cross Country championships. Competing for the fourth consecutive year as a team at the NCAA Championships, the UCLA women placed 27th in the team standings.

The 2004 NCAA Cross Country Championships were held at Indiana State University's Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, IN. Although it was a clear and dry day, previous rain left the course extremely muddy and soggy.

Rankin, the Bruins' top men's runner all season, earned All-American honors (top 50 runners/the first All-American honor of his career) by placing 39th overall, covering the 10,000m course in a time of 31:49.8. He's UCLA's first All-American men's cross country runner since the 1998 season (Mark Hauser). From 1994-96, Bruin great Meb Keflezighi earned All-American cross country honors and won the men's NCAA individual race in 1997.

'I'm so proud of Jon Rankin's effort today and throughout this entire season,' said Peterson, in his fifth season coaching the UCLA men's squad. 'Jon is a fifth-year senior in our program who has endured a number of physical setbacks from injury during his career. Before the season, he set a goal to run in the NCAA Championships, knowing that we might not have had a team strong enough to qualify. So to accomplish that goal, qualify as an individual and earn All-American honors, is a fitting way for Jon's collegiate cross country season to come to a close.

'He went out strong with the leaders and pressed the pace for the first two miles,' he said. 'Because Jon is more of a middle distance specialist, to deal with the conditions of the course and how difficult it was to run, showed some real toughness and maturity out there today.'

No. 4 Colorado won the men's team title (90 points), followed by second-place No. 1 Wisconsin (94), third-place No. 2 Arkansas (202), fourth-place No. 10 Butler (243) and fifth-place No. 8 BYU (267). Wisconsin's Simon Bairu won the men's individual crown, covering the 10,000m course in a time of 30:37.7.

2004 NCAA Cross Country Championships
Nov. 22, 2004
Wabash Valley Family Sports Center
Terre Haute, IN.

Team Scoring (Top 5 of 30 teams)
1. Colorado 90, 2. Wisconsin 94, 3. Arkansas 202, 4. Butler 243, 5. BYU 267

Overall Individual Results (10,000m/Top 5 of 242 runners)
1. Simon Bairu, Wisconsin, 30:37.7; 2. Matt Gonzales, New Mexico, 30:40.9; 3. Josphat Boit, Arkansas, 30:41.8; 4. Brent Vaughn, Colorado, 30:48.7; 5. Bret Schoolmeester, 30:56.3.

UCLA Individually (1 runner)
39. Jon Rankin, 31:49.8 (Rankin earns All-American honors, the first of his career).

Team Scoring (Top 5 of 31 teams)
1. Colorado 63, 2. Duke 144, 3. Providence 164, 4. Notre Dame 170, 5. Stanford 175. UCLA placed 27th, 640 points.

Overall Individual Results (6000m/Top 5 of 250 runners)
1. Kim Smith, Providence, 20:08.5; 2. Renee Metevier, Colorado, 20:26.4; 3. Caroline Bierbaum, Columbia, 20:30.7; 4. Laura Turner, BYU, 20:37.5; 5. Maureen McCandless, Pittsburgh, 20:38.2.

UCLA Individuals (7 runners)
98. Ashley Caldwell, 21:55.0; 148. Allison Costello, 22:21.1; 181. Allison Hall, 22:41.2; 189. Olga Aulet-Leon, 22:51.7; 193. Carmen Winant, 22:54.6; 215. Jenna Timinsky, 23:06.4; 228. Monika Rothenburger, 23:24.5.