Sept. 23, 2003
Eric Peterson's UCLA men's cross country team on Saturday (Sept. 27) will run in the prestigious 30th annual Stanford Invitational, featuring the nation's top squads from around the U. S. Run on the Stanford Golf Course, the Bruin men's team will compete in the 4000m scored race (short course/4:30 p.m.).
Along with UCLA, some other teams scheduled to compete are host Stanford (No. 1 men/No. 2 women), Arkansas (No. 4 men/No. 11 women), Wisconsin (No. 2 men), California and UC Santa Barbara.
Running for the Bruin men are - juniors, Ben Aragon (Santee/West Hills), Erik Emilsson (Bjarred, Sweden) and Reggie Oronoz (Pasadena/Loyola); sophomores, Nick De Felice (Sacramento/Jesuit), Mohammed Qazi (West Torrance) and Martell Munguia (Sacramento/Woodcreek); redshirt freshman Chad Galbreath (Mammoth Lakes/Mammoth) and freshmen, Austin Ramos (Sacramento/Jesuit), Micky Cobrin (Buffalo Grove, IL/Stevenson) and Craig Hall (Big Bear).
Last year at the Stanford Invite, the UCLA men placed seventh and were led by Aragon, who placed 38th over the 8000m course in a time of 24:41. Both the Bruin men and women's squads last Saturday (Sept. 20) won the team titles at the 3rd annual Big Wave Invitational at Honolulu, HI and hosted by the University of Hawai'i.
Like the Bruin women, UCLA's men's squad also won the team title at Hawai'i's Big Wave Invitational, with 19 points, winning the team crown for the second consecutive season. Placing second was Houston with 50 points, followed by Hawaii Pacific (third, 76 points), BYU-Hawaii (fourth, 98 points), Hawaii-Hilo (fifth, 140 points).
Leading the Bruins for the second week were true freshmen Austin Ramos and Micky Cobrin. Ramos was the men's individual champion, finishing in 15:13, and Cobrin placed second in 15:21. All of the Bruins finished in the top-11. Junior Erik Emilsson placed fourth in 15:25 and was followed by redshirt freshman Chad Galbreath in fifth place (15:37). Junior Reggie Oronoz finished seventh in 15:53 and sophomores Nick De Felice and Martell Munguia finished in eighth (15:55) and 11th (16:07), respectively.
"I continue to be impressed with the front running capability of Austin and Micky as true freshmen," said Peterson. "For the second week in a row, they led the team in the No. 1 and 2 spots, respectively, and are really gaining confidence in themselves and the team as we conclude the pre-season and prepare for the Stanford Invitational."