Caldwell Leads Bruins at Pre-National Cross Country Invitational

Oct. 15, 2005

Junior Ashley Caldwell led the Bruin women on Saturday at the Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, IN with an eighth-place finish, while the team placed 14th overall.

The No. 3 ranked team in the country, Stanford, won the meet with 86 points, while Butler's Victoria Mitchell won the individual race in a time of 20:02.

The Pre-National Invitational, which is a tune-up for the NCAA Cross Country Championships in November, featured some of the nation's elite runners and UCLA's Caldwell held her own on Saturday. Running a lifetime-best by 15 seconds (20:29), Caldwell showed that she is a definite contender for All-American honors at the NCAA Championships next month.

'Ashley ran great today,' said Head Cross Country Coach Eric Peterson. 'Finishing in the top-10 here is pretty indicative of how you will place at NCAA's and the times Ashley has been running, as well as the confidence she has gained from performances like this show that she will be a definite force in the post-season.'

The Bruin women's team, which has suffered its share of injuries this season, saw some strong performances from the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 runners. Sophomores Claire Rethmeier (21:26, 51st) and Monika Rothenburger (21:44, 77th), coupled with freshman Ciara Viehweg (22:09, 108th) stepped up on Saturday to help the team.

'It's good for Claire and Monika to run like they did today,' said Peterson. 'They ran like they did in Seattle earlier in the season and had a better performance then at the Roy Griak Invitational. We don't have a deep enough team to deal with the injuries this team has had this season, but the girls who can run gave a competitive effort today.'

The Bruins will have one final meet before the post-season begins as they head to the CS Fullerton Invitational on Friday, Oct. 22. The 2005 Pac-10 Championships, hosted by Arizona, will be held Saturday, Oct. 29 on the Randolff Golf Course in Tucson, AZ, while the NCAA West Regional will be on Saturday, Nov. 12 on the Stanford campus golf course.

Team Results- Top 5 out of 35 teams
1. Stanford, 86; 2. Notre Dame, 147; 3. Columbia, 207; 4. BYU, 209; 4. North Carolina State, 209; 14th. UCLA, 410.

Indivdual Results - Top 5 of 232
1. Victoria Mitchell, Butler (20:02); 2. Caroline Bierbaum, Columbia (20:02); 3. Arianna Lambie, Stanford (20:10); 4. Teresa Mcwalters, Stanford (20:15); 5. Lindsey Scherf, Harvard (20:15); 8. Ashley Caldwell, UCLA (20:29).

UCLA Results
8. Ashley Caldwell, 20:29; 51. Claire Rethmeier, 21:26; 77. Monika Rothenburger, 21:44; 108. Ciara Viehweg, 22:09; 166. Sarah West, 22;49.

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