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Tritons Start Off 2019 Season at Biola Invite

UC San Diego

FULLERTON, Calif. – The University of California San Diego cross country teams kicked off the 2019 campaign at the Biola Invite this past Saturday at Craig Regional Park.

The Triton men finished fourth overall, while the women placed second. Across a predominantly flat course with some hills, the men raced an 8K and the women a 5K. Various NCAA Division II West Region contestants were part of the race. 

Men’s Recap

At the forefront of UC San Diego men, redshirt senior Sam Blake, crossed the finish line in sixth place with a time of 25-minutes, 27.5-seconds. 

Following Blake’s leading performance, junior Elijah Horwitz established a 20th place finish (25:55.8) and redshirt senior, Aren Johnson, concluded close behind in 26th (26:02.9).

Accumulating a total of 115 points, UC San Diego head coach, Nate Garcia, was pleased with the team’s effort.   

“The result isn’t what we were looking for but we took good lessons from the race which is perfect for an opener,” said Garcia. “Samuel ran a great race measuring his effort really well; I’m excited for his season to come.”

Women’s Recap

The UC San Diego women successfully competed together, wrapping up the race with a score of 110 points trailing California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) opponent, Cal State San Marcos, by 25 points.

The Triton women were led by sophomore Madalyne Coney, who finished 17th overall, running a time of 18-minutes, 44.2-seconds. Three other UC San Diego participants produced top-30 finishes including freshmen Samantha Rocke (19th/18:47.8), Caitlin Billman (21st/18:49.3), and Isabelle Shepherd (22th/18:49.9).

An overall great event put on by the women’s squad left Garcia content. “Maddie did a great job leading our group,” said Garcia. “[The team] really stepped up and ran a great pack effort to beat some really good teams this morning.”

UC San Diego will compete again this Friday, Sept. 13 at the Cal State San Marcos Cougar Challenge.

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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country.  The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference.  UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent.  A total of 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships.  In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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