Photo by: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
Junior Garrett Boulais paced the Triton men's team to an 11th-place finish on Saturday.
Boulais Paces Men, Verhees Leads Women at Capital Cross Challenge
Release: Saturday 09/30/2017 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The University of California San Diego men’s and women’s cross country teams continued their seasons Saturday morning at the Capital Cross Challenge at Haggin Oaks Golf Course.

The No. 22-ranked men’s team earned an 11th-place team finish in the 8K race with 242 points, while the women finished 12th in the 6K competition with 350 points.

“Although we didn’t accomplish what we set out to do today as a team, there were some really good individual performances and the team fought hard,” said UC San Diego head coach Nate Garcia.

Among the Tritons’ strong individual performances was junior Garrett Boulais, who paced the men’s team with a 41st-overall finish with a time of 25-minutes, 18.7-seconds. Boulais also garnered a second-place team finish last weekend at the Roy Griak Invitational, and shaved over a minute off last weekend’s time (26:49). He has now recorded a top-two team finish in three-consecutive weeks.

Senior Garrett Lepine finished 53rd overall at 25:27.4, while freshman Elijah Horwitz earned 60th overall at 25:33.7.

“(Boulais, Lepine and Horwitz) did a good job of leading our men today, and got into some great battles throughout,” said Garcia.

On the women’s side, senior Ella Verhees paced the Tritons by finishing 40th overall at 22:03.3. Her time was over a minute faster than last week at the 6K Roy Griak Invitational (23:8.2). With the performance, Verhees has recorded three-straight top team finishes for the Tritons, and has placed in the top three in each of the four meets she has competed in this season.

“(Verhees) continued her excellent season,” said Garcia. “She did a nice job of pushing out with the lead group early on, and put in great work over the final mile.”

Rounding out the top three for the Tritons was junior Shalyn Mabritto’s 65th overall finish with a time of 22.34.2, and senior Merin Arft placed 75th overall at 22:43.5.

UC San Diego resumes action next Saturday, Oct. 7, when it hosts the 25th annual Triton Classic on its home campus beginning at 8 a.m.


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