Aug. 24, 2010
The incoming class of distance runners helped UCLA women's cross country garner the #4 recruiting class in the country, according to Flotrack.org. Washington's class was named No. 1 in the country, followed by Virginia, Stanford, the Bruins and Georgetown.
Co-assistant coaches Forest Braden and Johnny Gray have put together a strong class of talented runners to join UCLA for the upcoming season. Below are the highlighted athletes that helped the Bruins garner the No. 4 ranking.
Three student-athletes not mentioned in the Flotrack video that are also top newcomers are Tiffany Lamar (Paramount HS/3rd at the CA State Meet in the 800m, 2:09), Tamara Purpura (Lowell HS/2:09 in the 800m) and Kelsey Smith (South Lake Tahoe/10:54 in the 3200m and 5:05 in the 1600m).
With this talented group and a solid core of returning athletes led by senior Shannon Murakami, the women's cross country team will be looking for improved results this season.