Bruin Freshman Lindsay delaMontaigne Will Not Run Again This Cross Country Season

Oct. 31, 2005

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - UCLA freshman Lindsay delaMontaigne, who was unable to complete last Saturday's race at the Pac-10 Championships in Tucson, AZ because of heat illness, will sit out the remainder of the current cross country campaign, Bruin head coach Eric Peterson announced Monday.

At Saturday's conference championships, delaMontaigne and freshman Ciara Viehweg were unable to finish the women's 6000m race because of heat illness (the weather was hot and dry, with temperatures in the 80s). Viehweg responded to treatment, but delaMontaigne was hospitalized on Saturday night and went home to San Diego with her parents on Sunday.

delaMontaigne, a prep standout during her high school career at Rancho Bernardo, was also unable to finish the women's 6000m race, because of similar heat illness symptoms, at the Pre-NCAA Invite on Oct. 15 in Terre Haute, IN. She has run in every major meet for the Bruins this fall, with her highest finish a 10th placement (18:58.40) over the 5000m course on Sept. 3 at the CS Fullerton Invite (Craig Regional Park).

'Lindsay underwent several medical tests while in the hospital in Tucson and once she returns to school in the next several days, our medical staff will also do some testing,' Peterson said. 'We will be cautious with Lindsay and she will not resume any competitive running until she has been cleared by our medical staff. Her cross country season is completed. She was not going to compete indoors, so we're hoping to have her back for the 2006 outdoor schedule.'

Peterson also said that Viehweg quickly responded to treatment and should be ready to run for the Bruin women on Nov. 12 at the 2005 NCAA West Region Championships, hosted by Stanford.

Last Week at Pac-10 Championships
On Saturday, the Bruin women placed sixth (162) and the UCLA men seventh (139) at the conference championships.

UCLA had three runners earn first-team All-Pac-10 honors. For the men, over the 8000m course, junior Austin Ramos finished fifth (24:23) and sophomore Mike Haddan placed sixth (24:24). Junior Ashley Caldwell paced the UCLA women, finishing fourth, covering the 6000m course in 20:55.

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