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Cross Country Heads To NCAA Preview Meet
By: UCLA Athletics

Oct. 12, 1999

UCLA women's and men's cross country teams on Saturday (Oct. 16) will travel to Bloomington, IN to run in the NCAA Preview Meet, hosted by the University of Indiana. The men's 8000m race will start at 9 a.m. (PT) and the women's 5000m competition will begin at 9:45 a.m. (PT). Most of the nation's top women's and men's cross country teams will compete. The course will also host the upcoming 1999 NCAA Cross Country Championship on Nov. 22.

Eric Peterson's UCLA women's team, ranked No. 19 in the nation, and Bob Larsen's Bruin men, will be looking for strong showings at the Pre NCAA Meet hoping to improve their chances for an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships on Nov. 22.

Running For the Bruins At NCAA Preview Meet
Competing for the Bruin women will be seniors, Kara Barnard and Melinda George, juniors, Kelly Cohn and Katie Nuanes and sophomores, Elaine Canchola, Kate Vermeulen and Alynda Franco.

Running for the Bruin men will be seniors, Will Bernaldo, Dan Brecht and Matt Pitts, juniors, Paul Muite, Scott Abbott and Mason Moore and sophomore Bryan Green. Muite will be competing for the first time this season, Green did not compete last Saturday at the Long Beach Invite because of a calf injury and Brecht did not score at the Long Beach Invite because he was sick.

"Following our season's best performance this season at Long Beach, the NCAA Preview Meet will contain many of the top teams in the U. S.," said Bruin women's head coach Eric Peterson, in his sixth season. "We hope to use this competition to strengthen our chances of consideration for an NCAA at-large invitation at the end of the season."

"At our last major meet (the Roy Griak Invite on Sept. 25 in Minneapolis, MN), we placed 12th against some strong competition," said Bob Larsen, UCLA men's head coach who is in his 21st season and is retiring at the end of the 1999-2000 season. "If we are at full strength for the NCAA Preview Meet, it will be a challenge for our team to run against even tougher competition."

Bruin Women Win Long Beach State Invite
Last Saturday (Oct. 9), both Bruin squads ran well at the Long Beach State Invite. UCLA's women won their competition, beating No. 1 ranked Stanford, while the Bruin men placed second, behind California.

The Bruin women won their team competition with 34 points, placing four runners in the Top 10, led by individual winner Canchola. Over the 5000m course, Canchola, who also won the individual title earlier this season at the CS Fullerton Invite, nipped USC's Anna Lapacivch, by a time of 17:28 to 17:32. The top five women's teams (out of 10) at Long Beach were-No. 19 UCLA (first-place, 34 points), No. 1 Stanford (second-place, 57), Fila Track West (third-place, 68), Cal Poly-SLO (fourth-place, 124) and USC (fifth-place, 156).

UCLA's other runners in the Top 10 included-Vermeulen (sixth-place, 17:53), Cohn (seventh-place, 17:54) and Nuanes (eighth-place, 17:57). UCLA's other top runners were-Franco (12th, 18:07), Barnard (20th, 18:31) and George (23rd, 18:51). The Long Beach Invite was Vermeulen's first completed race of the season. She's a transfer from West Virginia who last winter won the mile at the NCAA Indoor.

UCLA Men Second At Long Beach
The Bruin men were second in their team standings, with 39 points, behind winner California, with 33. The top five (out of seven) men's teams were-California (first-place, 33 points), UCLA (second-place, 39), Long Beach State (third-place, 76), Men of Troy (fourth-place), 96 and Azusa Pacific (fifth-place, 130).

California placed runners in the first, second and third positions, while the Bruins had three runners in the Top 10. UCLA placed runners in the fourth (Bernaldo, 24:42), fifth (Abbott, 24:46) and seventh (Pitts, 24:52) positions. Other top UCLA runners were- freshman Justin Patananan (11th, 25:14), Moore (12th, 25:24), Brecht (13th, 25:32) and freshman Phil Young (14th, 25:33).

California's Asmerom Bolota won the men's individual race, finishing the 8000m course in 24:16.

1999 UCLA Schedule/Results Sept. 4-at CS Fullerton Invite (Bruin women/men, both first-place), 18-at Aztec Invite (San Diego, Bruin women, second-place), 25- at Roy Griak Invite (Minneapolis, MN, Bruin women, sixth-place, Bruin men, 12th-place). Oct. 2-at Stanford Invite (UCLA women "B" team, fourth-place in college division), 9-at Long Beach State Invite (UCLA women, first-place, Bruin men, second-place), 16-at NCAA Preview (Bloomington, IN), 30-at Pac-10 Championship (El Dorado Park (East) in Long Beach). Nov. 13-at NCAA Western Region Qualifying (Portland, OR), 22-at NCAA Championship (Bloomington, IN).

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