Bruins Run Saturday At 2005 Pac-10 XC Championships
Oct. 24, 2005
Eric Peterson's UCLA women and men's cross country teams on Saturday (Oct. 29) will compete at the 2005 Pacific-10 Championships in Tucson, AZ on the Dell Urich Golf Course. Hosted by the University of Arizona, the men's 8000m event will start at 9:30 a.m. and the women's 6000m race will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Competing for the Bruin women will be - seniors, Lori Mann and Sarah West; junior Ashley Caldwell; sophomores, Claire Rethmeier and Monika Rothenburger, along with freshmen, Lindsay delaMontaigne and Ciara Viehweg.
Caldwell and Rethmeier have been the Bruins' top two runners all season. At the last major meet, the Pre-NCAA Invite on Oct. 15 in Terre Haute, IN, Caldwell finished eighth overall (20:29/6000m) and Rethmeier placed 51st (21:26). At the Pre-NCAA Invite, UCLA finished 14th in the team standings.
It's the 20th annual Pac-10 women's cross country championships. No. 2 Stanford will be favored to win its 10th straight conference crown. No. 5 Arizona State's Amy Hastings is the defending women's champion. Other league schools that are nationally ranked include - No. 22 Oregon and No. 26 Washington (the Bruins received votes in the last national poll on Oct. 17).
At last year's Pac-10, the Bruin women placed fourth, and were led by returning runners - Rothenburger (22nd/21:49) and Caldwell (25th/21:54). UCLA's women in 2004 then went on to finish sixth at the NCAA West Region and qualified as a team for the fourth straight year to the NCAA Championships (placing 27th).
On Saturday, Nov. 12, Stanford will host the 2005 NCAA West Region Championships and on Monday, Nov. 21, Indiana State (Terre Haute, IN) will host the 2005 NCAA Championships.