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Forest Braden
Position: Assistant Coach - Mid Distances, Distance, Cross Country
Alma Mater: Boise State '07
Experience: 6 Years

Forest Braden enters his sixth year with the Bruins where he coaches the long distance runners. Prior to coming to Westwood, he spent the 2008 season as a volunteer assistant with Gonzaga University where he worked closely with standout distance coach Pat Tyson in recruiting and facilitating training sessions.

In 2013, Lane Werley was the runner up at the PAC-12 Championships in the 5000m and qualified for the first round of the NCAA Championships in the event as well, running a 13:53. Dustin Fay ran a 13:51 indoors and qualified for the 10,000m at the first round of the NCAA Championships. Kelsey Smith ran the eighth best time ever at UCLA in the 5000m, qualifying for first round of NCAA’s. Katja Goldring placed fourth in the 5000m at the MPSF Championships and placed 14th at the first round of NCAA’s in the 10,000. Bronte Golick placed eighth at the PAC-12 Championships in the 10k and ran the ninth best time by a Bruin ever in that event.

In 2012, Braden worked with a strong group of distance runners. Redshirt freshman Dustin Fay ran an indoor school record of 13:49 in the 5000m to qualify for the NCAA National Indoor Championship. He also qualified for the NCAA Preliminary Round outdoors. Junior Katja Goldring ran the second fastest 10,000m in school history with a time of 34:41.82 and placed 14th in the Preliminary Round of the NCAA Championships. Freshman Kelsey Smith ran a new personal record (16:41) to qualify for the Preliminary round of the NCAAs in the 5000m. For the first time, redshirt senior Kent Morikawa ran the steeplechase, placing fifth at the Pac-12 Championships and qualifying for the NCAA Preliminary round. Freshman Merissa Kado is tenth all-time at UCLA in the steeplechase after running a time of 10:58.48. Freshman Lane Werley ran one of the top junior times in the country in the 5000m (13:56). At the USATF Junior Championships, the Bruins were represented by Kado in the steeplechase, Nathaniel Cushing-Murray in the 10k and Werley, Annie Mooney and Bronte Golick in the 5000m. Werley and Cushing-Murray both finished fourth to lead the Bruin squad at the meet.

In 2011, the Bruins had two sub-9-minute steeplechasers in Jake Matthews (8:57.55) and David McDonald (8:59.30) as both scored at Pac-10s. The long distance runners thrived under Braden’s leadership in his first season at UCLA as Dylan Knight led the way in the steeplechase. Knight ran a lifetime-best of 8:43.68 to move to fifth all-time in UCLA history, competed at the NCAA Outdoor meet and was the Pac-10 runner-up in the event. Spencer Knight (8:57.95) and David McDonald (9:10.80) also ran lifetime-best marks in the steeple. Marco Anzures moved to fifth all-time in the 10,000m (29:00.21) and also ran a lifetime-best of 14:07.69 in the 5000m. Alex Crabill was a provisional qualifier for the indoor meet in the 3000m (8:03.07) and also ran the No. 6 marathon time in UCLA history (2:20.38).

Prior to his coaching stint at Gonzaga, Braden was a three-time All-American runner for coach Mike Maynard at Boise State from 2002-2007, earning accolades in indoor and outdoor track as well as cross country. He also won seven Western Athletic Conference titles as a Bronco.

Braden also ran for Team Indiana Elite for one year and placed in the top-10 in five USATF Championship meets.

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