The University of California San Diego men's and women's cross country teams will host the 24th annual Triton Classic on Saturday, Oct. 8. The men will run eight kilometers at 8 a.m., followed by the women, who will run six kilometers, at 9 a.m. The Triton Classic marks the final regular-season meet for the UCSD before the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships on Saturday, Oct. 22. Live results will be provided by Finished Results.
Site: UCSD North Campus Course
Terrain: The course varies in terrain from grass to dirt trails with concrete and asphalt mixed in.
A Look From Above: Check out overview pictures of the 8k course by clicking here. For the 8k course, click here.
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Admission is free.
Parking is available, free of charge, in the Hopkins Parking Structure. Follow the Campus Loop Road past Triton Track & Field Stadium (on left). The Hopkins Parking Structure will be located on the right side, adjacent to RIMAC Arena. For more info on directions, click here.
The UCSD men and women are ranked 12th and 14th, respectively, in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll. For full national rankings, click here.
The field is made up primarily of Division II opponents including fellow CCAA rivals Chico State, Cal State LA and Cal State San Bernardino. There will also be a handful of unattached runners competing. Here is a full list of schools competing:
Men's 8k: Cal State LA, Central Arizona, No. 4 Chico State, Christian Brothers, Fresno Pacific, Palomar, San Diego Christian, San Diego Mesa, Southwestern, No. 12 UC San Diego
Women's 6k: Cal State LA, Cal State San Bernardino, Central Arizona, No. 4 Chico State, Christian Brothers, Fresno Pacific, Grossmont, Palomar, Point Loma, San Diego Christian, San Diego Mesa, Southwestern, No. 14 UC San Diego
Saturday will mark the 24th running of the Triton Classic. The UCSD men finished in first place in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015. The women came out winners in 2005, 2011 and 2014. For a recap of last year's Triton Classic, click here.
21 CLASSICS FOR GARCIA
Saturday's meet will represent the 21st straight Triton Classic for head coach Nate Garcia. A former UCSD student-athlete in cross country, Garcia first ran for the Tritons during the fourth annual Triton Classic in 1996 and competed in his last one in 2000. Ever since the ninth running of the Triton Classic in 2001, Garcia has attended the meet as a member of the UCSD coaching staff.
This season's rosters feature many student-athletes from the San Diego area. The men's list includes Nick Famolaro (San Diego/West Hills HS), Aren Johnson (San Diego/Army Navy Academy), Brendan Gee (Rancho Bernardo/Rancho Bernardo HS) and Burak Tufekci (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS). Women hailing from San Diego County include Raélene deArmas (Chula Vista/Bonita Vista Senior HS), Alexandra Hernandez (El Cajon/Granite Hills HS), Christa Kloha (San Diego/Westview HS), Kristin Semancsin (San Diego/Valhalla HS) and Ella Verhees (San Diego/Point Loma HS).
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The Tritons await their first postseason race, the 2016 CCAA Championships, at Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario on Saturday, Oct. 22.