Sept. 13, 1999
LOS ANGELES - Eric Peterson's UCLA women's cross country team, preseason rated No. 20 in the nation, this Saturday (Sept. 18) will compete at the Aztec Invitational, hosted by San Diego State. The UCLA men's team will not compete.
Balboa Park in San Diego is the site of the event. The women's open competition will start at 8 a.m. and the women's invitational will begin at 8:30 a.m. The course distance is 5,000m.
The Bruins will enter nine runners in the invitational and also run several performers in the open event. Running for UCLA in the invitational race are (alphabetically)--senior Kara Barnard, sophomore Elaine Canchola, junior Kelly Cohn, junior Gina Donnelly, sophomore Alynda Franco, senior Melinda George, sophomore Jaclyn Nolan, junior Katie Nuanes and sophomore Melissa Peralta. Three of UCLA's top runners will not compete--senior Christina Bowen (back injury), senior Julie Ott (hip stress fracture) and sophomore Kate Vermeulen, a transfer from West Virginia.
In the women's national preseason rankings, Brigham Young is ranked No. 1 in the nation. There are four Pacific-10 teams ranked in the Top 25--No. 2 Stanford, No. 8 Washington, No. 16 Arizona State and No. 20 UCLA.
UCLA's women's and men's team have been training in Mammoth Lakes since Sept. 5. Both Bruin teams opened the season with victories on Saturday, Sept. 4, winning the women's and men's team titles at the CS Fullerton Invite, held at Carbon Canyon Park in Brea.
UCLA's women won their division (16 teams) with 18 points, followed by San Diego State (105), UNLV (107), Concordia (108) and Long Beach State (146). The Bruin men won their team title (10 teams) with 44 points, followed by host CS Fullerton (56), Cal Poly-Pomona (97), Long Beach State (98) and UC San Diego (119).
The Bruin women at the CS Fullerton Invite had six runners in the Top 10, including a one-two-three finish. The women's 5,000m race was won by Canchola (17:41.20), followed by Cohn (17:42.70) and Barnard (17:54.10).
UCLA's men placed three runners in the Top 15, including two in the Top 10. Bruin senior Dan Brecht was second (25:37.40) over the 8,000m course and junior Scott Abbott was sixth (25:53.60).
Sept. 4-at CS Fullerton Invite (Bruin women/men, both first place), 18-at Aztec Invite (San Diego), 25- at Roy Griak Invite (Minneapolis, MN).
Oct. 2-at Stanford Invite, 8-at Arizona State Invite, 9-at Long Beach State Invite, 16-at NCAA Preview (Bloomington, IN), 30-at Pac-10 Champ. (USC Host School).
Nov. 13-at NCAA Western Region Qualifying (Portland, OR), 22-at NCAA Champ. (Bloomington, IN).