Women's Cross Country Incoming Class Ranked #4 By FloTrack

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.

  • Nicole Hood (Carondelet) - 5k-17:37, 1600m-4:56

  • Meghan Marvin (Clovis) - 1600m-5:12, 3200m-10:40, 5k-17:37

  • Amber Murakami (Saugus) - 1600m-5:00, 3200m-10:47, 5k-18:03

  • Paisley Pettway (Millikan) - 800m-2:08, 1600m-5:04, 5k-18:04

  • Melissa Skiba (Oak Park) - 1600m-4:58, 3200m-10:22, 5k-17:36 (2nd at CA State Meet)

  • Sierra Vega (Chaparral) - 1600m-5:00, 3200m-10:23, 5k-18:03

    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.

    Video Recap Of Recruiting Class

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