Bruin Bloodline: Distance Coach Forest Braden Checks In With A Cross Country Update

Oct. 26, 2009

Assistant cross country/distance coach Forest Braden checks in with an update on the Bruin harriers who begin the post-season on Friday in Long Beach at the Pac-10 Championships.

After a less than stellar performance at the Pre-National Cross Country Meet in Terre Haute, Indiana two weeks ago, the men's cross country team is ready to rebound this Friday at the Pac-10 Conference meet in Long Beach. The team is fired up and ready to dig down and compete with the best in the conference. The team has come together and has turned up the intensity with a tenacity I have not seen all season.

With the end of their Bruin cross country careers in sight, Marlon Patterson, Marco Anzures and Alex Crabill have rallied the team around them to ensure a dynamic conclusion to their senior campaign. High school All-American Zack Torres has been climbing steadily through the ranks in his freshman season and I fully expect him to continue to put it on the line at every meet to get the job done. Steeple chasers Jake Matthews, Spencer Knight and Kevin Sullivan have the potential to run with anyone in the race and we will need all three to be at the top of their game on Friday.

Our dark horse is redshirt freshman Mohamed Abdalla who started training with the team late and is getting better week by week. He has the potential to be a star in our sport for years to come. Sophomore David McDonald rounds out the conference team and has the ability to mix it up near the front of the race and make good things happen for us.

This race is an opportunity for us to show the rest of the Pac-10 what a Bruin is made of and we will not back down and we WILL compete at our highest level so far this season. The boys are ready to run! We will get down and dirty and attack the best distance conference in the country! We will run with passion and bring fire to the course on Friday! WE ARE UCLA!!!

Forest Braden

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