UCLA Women Place 27th At NCAA Cross Country Championships

Nov. 22, 2004

Competing for the fourth consecutive year as a team at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, the UCLA women on Monday placed 27th in the team standings. In the men's individual race, Bruin senior Jon Rankin, 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).

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.

UCLA Women
The Bruin women placed 27th in the team standings (out of 31 squads), with 640 points. No. 3 Colorado won the women's title (along with the men's), with 63 points, followed by second-place No. 5 Duke (144), third-place No. 2 Providence (164), fourth-place No. 6 Notre Dame (170) and fifth-place No. 1 Stanford (175).

Individually, the Bruins were led by sophomore Ashley Caldwell, who placed 98th overall, covering the 6,000m course in a time of 21:55.0. The individual winner was Providence's Kim Smith in at time of 20:08.5.

Also running for the Bruins were - sophomore Allison Costello (148th, 22:21.1), junior Allison Hall (181st, 22:41.2), freshman Olga Aulet-Leon (189th, 22:51.7), senior Carmen Winant (193rd, 22:54.6), junior Jenna Timinsky (215th, 23:06.4) and freshman Monika Rothenburger (228th, 23:24.5).

Under Bruin head coach Eric Peterson, the UCLA women as a team have advanced to the NCAA Championships for four consecutive seasons and six of the last seven years- 2004 (27th), 2003 (7th), 2002 (25th tie), 2001 (21st), 1999 (30th), 1998 (28th).

'It's been a goal throughout my career as the distance coach at UCLA, to build a cross country program that will consistently be represented among the best programs in the country,' said Peterson, in his 11th year as the UCLA women's head coach. 'This years' group is very young and though many have NCAA meet experience, we're constantly working on maturity, development, physical growth and training --so that year in and year out, we are able to compete at this level.

'I was happy we qualified as a team,' he said. 'We beat several teams today, but we would have really needed some extraordinary individual performances to significantly move up in the team standings. I'm proud of Ashley Caldwell running and training through a knee injury and leading our team. She's primarily an 800m runner, so to handle the conditions of the course and deal with her injury, showed some real leadership. I was happy with Allison Hall's performance, she has shown real improvement from a year ago. There are a lot of positive signs from this season, things to build on for the future.'

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

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.

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).

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