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2013 UCR Cross Country Invite on Tap for UCSD This Saturday
Release: Thursday 09/12/2013 

Meet 2
Saturday, Sept. 14
2013 UC Riverside Cross Country Invite
Forecast: Sunny, 102 degrees. Wind: WNW at 9 mph

8:05 a.m. • Men’s 8k Invitational
8:45 a.m. • Women’s 5k Collegiate Open
9:15 a.m. • Men’s 8k Collegiate Open
9:45 a.m. • Awards

Site: UCR Agricultural Operations Course
Terrain: The running surface is 85% flat, mixed in with a few rolling hills. The dirt will be hard-packed and watered before competition to reduce dusty conditions. 100-year-old orange groves and eucalyptus trees will provide shade to the competitors.
A Look From Above: Check out an overview picture of the course by clicking here.

Admission Price: Adults • $5
Children, College Students w/ ID, Seniors • $3
Triton Team Camp: Hillside above the start/finish area.

The Tritons will face numerous familiar Division II foes, while also competing against Division I, junior college and club teams. Among those racing, Cal Baptist is ranked No. 4, Cal Poly Pomona is ranked No. 7 and UCSD came in at No. 8 in the men’s USTFCCCA West Regional preseason rankings. On the women’s side, Cal State Stanislaus is slated No. 5 and Cal Poly Pomona rounds out the field at No. 10.

Here is a full list of schools competing:

Men’s 8k Invite: Azusa Pacific, Biola, Cal Baptist, Cal Coast Track Club, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Northridge, Cal State San Marcos, Central Arizona, Chapman, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Colorado Christian, La Verne, Pomona-Pitzer, Riverside City College, San Bernardino Valley, Santa Clarita RC, Southern Utah, Southwestern, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, Vanguard, Whittier

Women’s 5k Open: Azusa Pacific, Cal Baptist, Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State San Marcos, Cal State Stanislaus, Caltech, Central Arizona, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Colorado Mesa, Concordia, Cal State East Bay, La Verne, Occidental, Pomona-Pitzer, Providence Christian, Redlands, So Cal Elite, So Cal TC, Southwestern, James Elite RT, UC Riverside, Vanguard, Whittier

Men’s 8k Open: BTC, Cal Baptist, Cal Coast TC, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State San Marcos, Cal State Stanislaus, Caltech, Central Arizona, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Colorado Mesa, Concordia, Cal Stat East Bay, La Verne, Nike/Run LA, Occidental, Pomona-Pitzer, Prado Racing, Providence Christian, Redlands, Riverside CC, Run With US, Snail’s Pace TC, So Cal Elite, So Cal TC, Southwestern, SRA Elite, Whittier

The Tritons began the 2013 season in dominant fashion, powered by two second place finishes from Madison Tanner and Kellen Levy at the UCSD Opener. Overall, the Triton men brought home first place with an impressive 12 finishers in the top 15, while the women also topped the field with seven finishers among the top 10. Senior leader Chia Chang began her 2013 campaign with a strong finish in fourth place and sophomore Tareq Alwafai started his season with a third-place finish on the men's side. A full recap can be found by clicking here.

Sophomore Paige Hughes (San Diego/Valhalla HS) sported the Triton blue and gold for the first time last weekend, electrifying with a second place finish. Running in her first collegiate meet, freshman Ella Verhees (San Diego/Point Loma HS) impressed with a sixth place finish. On the men’s side, freshman Brendan Gee (Rancho Bernardo/Rancho Bernardo HS) also competed in his first collegiate meet. He crossed the finish line inside the top ten finishers, coming in ninth, respectively.

UCSD recently spent 10 days in the Mammoth Lakes region for a high-altitude training camp, returning to La Jolla on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Click here to view a photo gallery from the trip.

Former Triton student-athlete Nate Garcia is in his seventh season as head coach of the UCSD cross country program. He took over the reins in 2007 after spending five seasons as an assistant coach. Garcia was a four-year letterwinner in cross country and track at UCSD from 1996-2000. He earned numerous athletic and academic honors, including All-Academic District VIII and CCAA All-Academic accolades in 2000-01.

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Following this weekend’s race, UCSD will pack their bags and travel to Minneapolis, Minn. The Tritons will compete in the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28.

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