Oct. 16, 2004
At the Pre-NCAA Cross Country Invitational, held Saturday in Terre Haute, IN and hosted by Indiana State, UCLA and other top cross country teams from around the U. S. competed on the course that will host the upcoming 2004 NCAA Championships (Nov. 22). There were four seeded women and men's races (two women's 6000m /two men's 8000m).
In women's competition, the Bruins, ranked No. 25 in the U. S., competed in the 6000m Blue Race (37 teams). The Bruins placed 10th with 344 points. The winning team was Stanford, the No. 1 ranked team in the U. S., with 49 points, followed by (Top 5) - second-place and No. 6 rated Notre Dame (111), third-place and No. 8 rated North Carolina (129), fourth-place and No. 10 rated Missouri (174) and fifth-place and No. 13 rated BYU (192). The Bruins defeated two nationally higher rated squads - 18th ranked Columbia (11th) and 16th ranked Baylor (14th).
Individually for the Bruins, UCLA had two runners in the Top 60 (of 252 runners) - sophomores, Ashley Caldwell (53rd, 21:43.1) and Alison Costello (56th, 21:44.6). The Bruins had four other runners in the Top 100- freshman Monika Rothenburger (65th, 21:52.2), freshman Olga Aulet-Leon (82nd, 22:02.9), junior Jenna Timinsky (88th, 22:06.5) and junior Allison Hall (95th, 22:09.3).
The winner of the women's 6000m Blue Race was Stanford's Alicia Craig (20:20.4). "This is the strongest, most complete team effort we've had all season," said Bruin head coach Eric Peterson. "With just a 24 second spread between our first and fifth runners, this was a very strong team effort that created a result that was much better than last week's at Notre Dame. This is an important race, and it's good to see Ashley Caldwell once again at the front of our team. She's always been a good big meet performer."
"We took some steps forward today, but we still need our front runners to create more momentum for the rest of the team." Peterson said. "In the early stages of the race they need to run more aggressively and hold it throughout the race. That will make a dramatic difference in our team results."
UCLA on Saturday, Oct. 23 will run in the CS Fullerton Invitational at Brea's Carbon Canyon Park. On Saturday, Oct. 30, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco will host the 2004 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships.
Oct. 16, 2004
Terre Haute, IN (Indiana State)
Team Standings (6000m Blue Race/Top 5 of 37 teams)
1. Stanford 49, 2. Notre Dame 111, 3. North Carolina 129, 4. Missouri 174, 5. BYU 192/10. UCLA 344.
Overall Individuals (Top 5 of 252 runners)
1. Alicia Craig, Stanford, 20:20.4; 2. Carol Henry, North Carolina, 20:23.6; 3. Molly Huddle, Notre Dame, 20:29.3; 4. Laura Turner, BYU, 20:30.7; 5. Erin Donohue, North Carolina, 20:36.9.
UCLA Individuals (7)
53. Ashley Caldwell, 21:43.1; 56. Alison Costello, 21:44.6; 65. Monika Rothenburger, 21:52.2; 82. Olga Aulet-Leon, 22:02.9; 88. Jenna Timinsky, 22:06.5; 95. Allison Hall, 22:09.3; 146. Carmen Winant, 22:35.5.
Team Standings (8000m White Race/Top 5 of 35 teams)
1. Stanford 77, 2. Notre Dame 165, 3. Michigan 188, 4. BYU 190, 5. Florida State 203/13. UCLA 384.
Overall Individuals (Top 5 of 242 runners)
1. Ryan Hall, Stanford, 23:54.4; 2. Nate Brannen, Michigan, 23:56.8; 3. Nick Willis, Michigan, 23:58.5; 4. Jason Bill, Illinois, 23:59.4; 5. Nef Araia, Stanford, 24:01.0.
UCLA Individuals ( 7)
21. Jon Rankin, 24:26.7; 43. Austin Ramos, 24:47.4; 47. Erik Emilsson, 24:51.5; 135. Kyle Shackleton, 25:38.1; 138. Mike Haddan, 25:39.3; 143. Nick De Felice, 25:41.9; 201. Micky Cobrin, 26:17.4.