Nov. 13, 2004
At the 2004 NCAA West Region Cross Country Championships held Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno, the UCLA women placed sixth men and the Bruin men finished fourth. Stanford won both the women and men's team titles. In women's competition, No. 1 Stanford placed first with 29 points, followed by No. 7 Arizona State (45), No. 17 UC Santa Barbara (92), Idaho (140), No. 25 Washington (143) and UCLA (151). The women's 6000m race was won by Cardinal senior Alicia Craig (20:03).
In the men's team standings, No. 2 Stanford won with 49 points, followed by No. 8 Arizona State (68), No. 6 Cal Poly-SLO (86), UCLA (114) and Portland (140). The men's 10,000m race was won by Stanford senior Ryan Hall (30:07). It's the UCLA men's highest team finish since 1996 (when the Bruins also placed fourth).
Individually, the UCLA women were paced by sophomore Alison Costello. She earned All-West region honors for the second consecutive season, finishing 22nd (21:21). The Bruin men were led by senior Jon Rankin. UCLA's leading runner all season, Rankin earned All-West Region honors by placing sixth in a time of 30:30.
The top two teams in the women and men's competition (there are nine regions across the U. S.) automatically qualify for the upcoming 2004 NCAA Cross Country Championships, held at Terre Haute, IN, Monday, Nov. 22. At-large teams and individual selections for the upcoming NCAA Championships will be announced on Sunday and posted on the NCAA website (www.ncaa.org).
Along with Costello, the Bruins had two others runners in the Top 30 - freshman Olga Aulet Leon (28th, 21:29) and sophomore Ashley Caldwell (30th, 21:32). Also running for the Bruins were - junior Jenna Timinsky (36th, 21:39), junior Allison Hall (39th, 21:42); junior Alejandra Barrientos (40th, 21:42) and junior Sarah West (71st, 22:20).
"I think the West Region third-place team (UC Santa Barbara) will get an at-large bid and Idaho, Washington and our squad have an outside chance of being selected to the NCAA," said Bruin head coach Eric Peterson. "Our team ran very aggressively today -- we didn't finish in sixth-place by running in a timid fashion.
"We were beaten by five very good teams, a tribute to the increased level of excellence in women's cross country in our region. We did every thing that we intended to do early in race to put pressure on the front-running teams. Maybe we ran a little to aggressively and just fell a little short at the end.
"Our top five runners - Alison, Olga, Ashley, Jenna and Allison, all ran season-bet times today. Olga's mark was a lifetime best. If the at-large selection process goes only five teams deep in our region, Alison Costello will qualify as an individual to the NCAA Championships"
2004 NCAA West Region Championships
Nov. 13, 2004
Fresno, CA (Fresno State)
Team Standings (6000m/Top 6 of 28 teams)
1. Stanford 29, 2. Arizona State 45, 3. UC Santa Barbara 92, 4. Idaho 140, 5. Washington 143, 6. UCLA 151.
Overall Individuals (Top 5 of 199 runners)
1. Alicia Craig, SU, 20:03, 2. Amy Hastings, ASU, 20:14, 3. Anita Siraki, SU, 20:17; 4. Desiree Davila, ASU, 20:36; 5. Teresa McWalters, SU, 20:37.
UCLA Individuals (7)
22. Alison Costello, 21:21; 28. Olga Aulet-Leon, 21:29; 30. Ashley Caldwell, 21:32; 36. Jenna Timinsky, 21:39; 39. Allison Hall, 21:42; 40. Alejandra Barrientos, 21:42; 71. Sarah West, 22:20.
Team Standings (10,000m/Top 5 of 21 teams)
1. Stanford 49, 2. Arizona State 68, 3. Cal-Polo SLO 86, 4. UCLA 114, 5. Portland 140.
Overall Individuals (Top 6 of 151 runners)
1. Ryan Hall, SU, 30:07; 2. Robert Cheseret, UA, 30:12; 3. Neff Araia, SU, 30:16; 4. Aaron Aguayo, ASU, 30:23; 5. Forest Braden, Boise State, 30:28; 6. Jon Rankin, UCLA, 30:30.