Oct. 30, 2004
San Francisco, CA - At the 2004 Pac-10 Cross Country Championships held at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, the UCLA men placed fifth in the 8000m event and were led by an All-Pac-10 performance from senior Jon Rankin, who finished fifth. In the women's 6000m competition, the Bruins placed fourth in the team standings and were led by sophomore Alison Costello, who finished 15th.
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The Bruins, ranked No. 26 in the U. S., placed fourth in the team standings with 102 points. No. 1 Stanford (30 points) won the team title, followed by No. 8 Arizona State (47) and Washington (100). Arizona State's Amy Hastings won the individual championship, running the 6000m in 20:19.
UCLA had six runners in the Top 25, led by Costello's 15th-place finish (21:30). Also in the Top 25 for UCLA included junior Jenna Timinsky (21st, 21:44), freshman Monika Rothenburger (22nd, 21:49), freshman Olga Aulet-Leon (23rd, 21:50) and sophomore Ashley Caldwell (25th, 21:54).
The Bruins' other placements were junior Alejandra Barrientos (26th, 21:56), junior Allison Hall (33rd, 22:07), junior Sarah West (39th, 22:22), senior Carmen Winant (55th, 22:44) and junior Lori Mann (62nd, 22:59).
"Going into the Pac-10, I felt we could be vulnerable to a team that was ranked lower than us," said UCLA head coach Eric Peterson. "We wanted a stronger effort from our front runners. True freshman Olga Aulet-Leon gave us that early in the race - at the one mile mark, she was in sixth-place and running aggressively. But as a team, we were just not able to hold that high-level of running and were passed by an equally aggressive Washington squad. We will make a few adjustments and be ready for the upcoming West Region championships."
UCLA placed fifth (118) in the team standings. No. 2 Stanford won the team title (37 points), followed by No. 9 Arizona State (64), No. 28 Oregon (105) and No. 34 Washington (116). The individual men's winner was Arizona's Robert Cheseret (23:48).
Rankin earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors by placing fifth, running the 8000m course in a time of 24:31. The Bruins had three other runners in the Top 28 - senior Erik Emilsson (20th, 25:04), sophomore Austin Ramos (21st, 25:06), and senior Ben Aragon (28th, 25:19).
UCLA's other finishers included sophomore Micky Cobrin (48th, 26:05), freshman Kyle Shackleton (51st, 26:11), freshman Mike Haddan (52nd, 26:13), junior Nick DeFelice (62nd, 26:36), junior Matell Munguia (63rd, 26:36) and senior Nick Thornton (71st, 27:49).
"I'm very excited how our men's team has continued to improve throughout the season," said Peterson. "Today Jon Rankin had the cross country performance of his career. After the Pre-NCAA week (Oct 16), I thought Jon was running at an All-American level, and he proved that today. Erik Emilsson, Austin Ramos and Ben Aragon also turned in strong performances. We're going to work hard over the next two weeks to find our fifth-position runner and will hope to compete for an upper-division finish at the West Region."
On Saturday, Nov. 13, UCLA will travel to Fresno for the 2004 West Region Championships. The meet will determine the teams and individuals who will qualify for the 2004 NCAA Championships, Monday, Nov. 22 at Terre Haute, IN.