Sept. 27, 2003
No. 18 UCLA women's cross country team defeated No. 2 Stanford on Saturday to win the 6K team title at the 30th annual Stanford Invitational, held on the Stanford Golf Course on Saturday (Sept. 27). The Bruin men placed second in the 4K race, finishing behind the No. 1 ranked Stanford Cardinal.
The Bruin women won the team title (26 squads competed), with 37 points, ahead of second-place Stanford (56), third-place No. 19 Wisconsin (88), fourth-place No. 11 Arkansas (101) and fifth-place Nevada-Reno (219). UCLA had four runners in the Top 10, led by senior Valerie Flores, who finished third in a time of 21:13. Also placing in the Top 10 for the Bruins were freshman Alison Costello (4th, 21:21), sophomore Jenna Timinsky (7th, 21:30) and redshirt freshman Ashley Caldwell (10th, 21:41). The winner of the 6K race was Stanford's Alicia Craig (20:25). "This is the most significant victory in my 11-year head coaching career," said Eric Peterson, in his 10th season coaching the Bruin women. "To beat a storied distance running program like Stanford on its home course is a huge accomplishment for our program. "Valerie (Flores) ran the strongest race of her UCLA career to lead our team to victory," Peterson said. "We were able to have only a 33-second gap between our leader and our fifth-place finisher (scoring pack, Top 5 runners) and that was the key to our team championship." Last week at the Big Wave Invitational in Hawaii, the Bruins won the team title ahead of No. 1 Brigham Young. The Bruins have also yet to run this season top runners, senior Lena Nilsson and junior Alejandra Barrientos.
The UCLA men placed second in their 4K race (nine teams), with 49 points, behind No. 1 Stanford (15 points). Rounding out the Top 5 were - third-place California (81), fourth-place UC Riverside (126) and fifth-place Chico State (139). The Bruins had two runners in the Top 10, led by freshman Austin Ramos (6th, 12:11) and junior Erik Emilsson (7th, 12:15). The winner of the 4K race was Stanford's Ryan Hall (11:40). "Austin (Ramos) continues to impress by leading our team for the third consecutive week," said Peterson, in his fourth season coaching the Bruin men's squad. "We're beginning to develop some depth in our Top 5 that will make us a competitive team as we advance through the regular season. We're still focused on the post-season meets and it was great to get (junior) Ben Aragon back in our lineup today" Aragon, who placed 13th (12:26) was recuperating from a broken right foot suffered at last spring's Pac-10 track and field meet.
The Bruin women and men's team will travel to San Diego to compete in Triton Classic, hosted by UC San Diego.
30th Annual Stanford Invitational
Stanford Golf Course
Sept. 27, 2003
Women Team Scoring (6K/Top 5 of 26 teams)
1. UCLA 37, 2. Stanford 56, 3. Wisconsin 88, 4. Arkansas 101, 5. Nevada-Reno 219
Women Overall Individuals (Top 5 of 187 runners)
1. Alicia Craig, Stanford, 20:25; 2. Teresa McWalters, Stanford, 21:07; 3. Valerie Flores, UCLA, 21:13; 4. Alison Costello, UCLA, 21:21; 5. Katy Trotter, Stanford, 21:28
3.Valerie Flores, 21:13; 4. Alison Costello, 21:21; 7. Jenna Timinsky, 21:30; 10.Ashley Caldwell, 21:41; 16. Melissa McBain, 21:56; 22. Allison Hall, 22:07; 34. Carmen Winant, 22:28; 45. Sarah West, 22:43; 53. Carolyn Shea, 22:57; 75. Emily Haigh, 23:28
Men Team Scoring (4k/Top 5 of 9 teams)
1. Stanford 15, 2. UCLA 49, 3. California 81, 4. UC Riverside 126, 5. Chico State 139.
Men Overall Individuals (Top 5 of 89 runners)
1. Ryan Hall, Stanford, 11:40; 2. Seth Hejny, Stanford, 11:55; 3. Steve DeWitt, Stanford, 12:01; 4. Jonathan Pierce, Stanford, 12:05; 5. Philip West, Stanford, 12:07.
6. Austin Ramos, 12:11, 7. Erik Emilsson, 12:15; 12. Micky Cobrin, 12:25; 13. Ben Aragon, 12:26; 15. Chad Galbreath, 12:27; 16. Reggie Oronoz, 12:29; 24. Mohammed Qazi, 12:35; 29. Nick De Felice, 12:46; 36. Martell Munguia, 12:59.