Bruin Men Take Fourth, Women Post Strong Finishes at Highlander Invite
Riverside, Calif. – UCLA Cross Country finished up its second competition of the weekend with an appearance at the Highlander Invitational. The Bruin men finished fourth overall and the women's squad secured strong placements from each of its four runners.
Sophomore Jake Parker stuck in the front packs throughout the 8k competition, crossing in 13th place with a time of 24:22.9. Marcus Mota followed closely in 21st place, clocking a time of 24:34.1 as the team's second runner. Freshman Patrick Curulla (24:49.3) and junior William Frankenfeld (24:51.4) went 36-39, respectively, while sophomore Anthony Stone crossed in 59th with a time of 25:09.2 to round out the Bruins' scoring five. Keaton Heisterman finished in 108th place with a time of 25:60, completing the lineup on the men's side.
The UCLA women only suited up four runners in the 6k and, thus, did not record a team placement as at least five runners are required to earn a team score. The squad did secure four top-40 finishes on the day, led by freshman Mia Kane's 15th-place showing (21:08.6). Sophomore Lavanya Pandey crossed as the Bruins' second runner, taking 30th place with a time of 21:40.1. Sophia Hoelzel (21:44.0) and Sophie Scott (21:50.3) finished 35th and 40th, respectively. All four runners ducked under 22:00 for the 6k course in Riverside.
Men's Team Results (8k) – 4th
13. Jake Parker – 24:22.9
21. Marcus Mota – 24:34.1
36. Patrick Curulla – 24:49.3
39. William Frankenfeld – 24:51.4
59. Anthony Stone – 25:09.2
108. Keaton Heisterman – 25:50.6
Women's Team Results (6k) – N/A
15. Mia Kane – 21:08.6
30. Lavanya Pandey – 21:40.1
35. Sophia Hoelzel – 21:44.0
40. Sophie Scott – 21:50.3
The Bruins are back in action for postseason competition with the Pac-12 Championships on Friday, Oct. 29. The meet will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah and will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks.