Bruins Prepare For NCAA Western Regional Qualifying Meet

Nov. 1, 1999

Eric Peterson's UCLA women's cross country team, ranked No. 14 in the U. S. and Bob Larsen's Bruin men's squad will train through the weekend preparing for the upcoming 1999 NCAA Western Regional Qualifying meet on Saturday, Nov. 13 in Portland, OR.

Last season, the Bruin women placed fifth at the 1998 NCAA West Region Qualifying meet in Fresno, with the UCLA men placing ninth. The Bruin women, with their strong fifth position placement, were then selected as an at-large team to the 1998 NCAA Championships. It was the first time since 1988 the Bruin women were selected as a team to the national championships. The 1999 NCAA Championships will take place Nov. 22 in Bloomington, IN. Last Saturday (Oct. 30), UCLA's women's and men's teams ran in the 1999 Pacific-10 Conference Cross Country Championships, held at El Dorado Park in Long Beach. The Bruin women placed fourth, with UCLA's men's team placing seventh.

UCLA's women were fourth with 98 points. Stanford, ranked No. 1 in the nation, won the women's division with 32 points, followed by No. 11 Arizona State (second-place, 62), No. 9 Washington (third-place, 70), UCLA in fourth position, Arizona (fifth-place, 119), No. 23 Oregon (sixth-place, 135), Washington State (seventh-place, 205) and USC and California tied for eighth-place (228). The UCLA placement was a dramatic improvement from last season, when the Bruin women placed eighth.

The UCLA women had three runners in the Top 15, led by sophomore transfer Kate Vermeulen, who finished the 5000m course in 17:25.10 to place sixth. A transfer from West Virginia, Vermeulen in 1999 won the NCAA Indoor mile. Also placing in the Top 15 for the UCLA women were juniors, Kelly Cohn (13th, 17:54.10) and Katie Nuanes (15th, 17:58.60). UCLA other placements were senior Kara Barnard in 24th (18:16), sophomore Elaine Canchola in 40th (19:02.40), senior Melinda George in 41st (19:10.70) and freshman Stefani Clark in 48th position (19:58.40).

Stanford sophomore Erin Sullivan led a one-two-three Cardinal women's individual sweep. It was Stanford's fourth consecutive Pac-10 women's championship and the sixth in the last seven years. Sullivan won the individual title with a time of 17:01.50.

In the men's scoring, the Bruins placed seventh with 193 points. It was also an improvement for UCLA's men, after placing eighth last season. No. 6 Arizona won the men's title with 36 points, upsetting No. 2 Stanford, placing second with 63 points. No. 12 Oregon was third (76), followed by No. 9 Arizona State (fourth-place, 84), California (fifth-place, 119), Washington (sixth-place, 133), UCLA in seventh and Washington State (eighth-place, 199).

Individually over the 8000m course, the Bruin men had two runners in the Top 35 and all seven finished in the Top 50. Leading the way for UCLA's men were junior Mason Moore, placing 30th (25:33.30) and sophomore Justin Patananan in 35th (25:45.70). Also placing for UCLA were sophomore Bryan Green (40th, 25:56.60), senior Matt Pitts (42nd, 26:00.70), senior Dan Brecht (46th, 26:38.20) and junior Scott Abbott (47th, 26:41.50).

The Wildcats placed four runners in the Top 10 to stop Stanford's attempt to win its fourth consecutive Pac-10 men's title. It was Arizona's seventh Pac-10 men's championship. Oregon senior Steve Fein won the men's individual race in a time of 23:37.00.

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 (Bruin women "B" team, fourth-place in college division),
9-at Long Beach State Invite (Bruin women, first-place, Bruin men, second-place),
16-at NCAA Preview (Bloomington, IN, Bruin women, 10th-place, Bruin men, 25th-place),
22-Titan Invitational (Fullerton, Bruin women, first-place, Bruin men did not compete), 30-at Pac-10 Championship (Long Beach, Bruin women, fourth-place, Bruin men, seventh-place).

Nov. 13-at NCAA Western Region Qualifying (Portland, OR), 22-at NCAA Championship (Bloomington, IN).

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