Oct. 27, 2007
Senior Austin Ramos led the Bruin men to their best team finish in 10 years at the Pac-10 Championships on Saturday in Corvallis, OR as UCLA finished fourth overall as a team. It was the highest team finish for head coach Eric Peterson, who is in his eighth season as the men's coach.
Oregon, the top-ranked team in the country, won the team title (39 points), while Stanford (55 points) and California (70 points) were second and third, respectively. UCLA was fourth with 90 points.
Oregon's Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott won the individual title as Ramos finished fourth to earn the second All-Pac-10 honor of his career. His time of 23:10.8 was a lifetime-best over the 8k distance.
"The men really ran well today," said head coach Eric Peterson. "We had a very strong, competitive effort from Austin Ramos in our lead position. The two runners from Oregon broke away from the field about the halfway point of the race, and Austin was left running with the three Stanford guys. The four of them did a great job of sustaining some pressure on the pace to separate themselves from the rest of the field. They weren't able to close on the two top runners, but for them it came down to a sprint and Austin ended up fourth. He has been such a great leader for us over the years and he continues to impress not only myself but others who are taking notice of his talent."
Ramos wasn't the only Bruin with a career day as all 10 runners ran lifetime-bests during the race. The Bruins got a big boost from juniors Drew Shackleton (23:30.7) and Laef Barnes (23:33.7) and senior Kyle Shackleton (23:41.1) as they finished close together in 18th, 19th and 22nd-place.
"Additionally, Laef, Drew and Kyle made a very strong commitment to one another today to run as a unit. The only mistake they made was that they executed that well, but missed the group they should have been running with. With how deep this conference is this year, it wasn't enough to help us place higher then fourth."
Sophomore Marco Anzures had a big day to finish as the No. 5 runner for the Bruins in a time of 23:58.5.
"Marco had the race of his life today and for the first time in his career, moved into a scoring position at a championship level meet and did a great job of helping us stay ahead of Arizona State," added Peterson.
"The running conditions were perfect. There wasn't one cloud in the sky, temperatures were in the low 50's. It was brisk, a dead wind, and the course was dry. All ten of my guys ran lifetime-bests over the 8k course. Many of the runners in the field I'm sure will report that for themselves, but I'm so proud of this team and the consistent performances we've had all season long. We are definitely heading in the right direction and looking forward to Regionals and NCAA's."
1. Oregon, 39 points; 2. Stanford, 55 points; 3. California, 70 points; 4. UCLA, 90 points; 5. Arizona State, 105 points; 6. Washington, 162 points; 7. Washington State, 166 points; 8. Arizona, 260 points.
UCLA Individual Results (76 runners)
4. Austin Ramos, 23:10.8; 18. Drew Shackleton, 23:30.7; 19. Laef Barnes, 23:33.7; 22. Kyle Shackleton, 23:41.1; 36. Marco Anzures, 23:58.5; 41. Marlon Patterson, 24:05.6; 42. Henry Hagenbuch, 24:06.8; 45. Alex Crabill, 24:11.0; 46. Jake Matthews, 24:11.7; 54. Kent Morikawa, 24:25.7.