Feb. 16, 2008
Twin brothers Kyle and Drew Shackleton highlighted six Bruin men competing at the USATF Cross Country National Championships in San Diego on Saturday. Kyle led the way with his 24th-place finish in the senior race, running 37:08. Drew, also in the senior race, placed 34th in a time of 37:39 over the 12k course.
"Going into the race, Drew and I wanted to finish in the top-25 and I accomplished my goal," said Kyle. "I ran in the junior race my freshman year when Austin Ramos ran in the senior race and had a pretty good time. Since the meet was in San Diego, it was a no-brainer to go down and compete.
"I feel very confident heading into the outdoor season after this competition because my goal this year is to focus on the 10,000m and qualify for Nationals, and considering how good I felt over the 12k today, I feel like I'm in really good shape for the season. It was also great to see where I stood against some really great runners."
"I was hoping to get in the top-25, but the days leading up to the race I saw the list of runners competing and realized that a top-30 or top-40 finish would mean success for me," said Drew. "Usually there are four or five world class runners, but this time there were seven or eight, as well as many solid post-collegiate runners. Since it was such a strong field, I was happy with placing in the top-35.
"It was cool to compete in a race that was outside of college competition and go against people at another level. I felt I did a pretty good job today. The great thing about the race was seeing how high a level my fitness is right now. I know I can run 5-minute pace for 7.5 miles and that will carry over into my 5,000m and steeplechase races during the outdoor season. We've worked really hard putting in the miles to get ready for this race and the upcoming outdoor races and we are really excited."
Alex Crabill, also competing in the senior race, finished 97th out of 162 runners (39:56).