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Redshirt senior Aren Johnson finished first among Tritons at the Capital Cross Challenge on Saturday.

Triton Men (RV) Finish Third, No. 18 Women Fifteenth at Capital Cross Challenge

UC San Diego

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The University of California San Diego cross country teams once again generated solid performances at the Capital Cross Challenge this Saturday on the course of Haggin Oaks Golf Complex. 

In the Men’s College 8K Invite, the UC San Diego men recorded a team total of 176 points earning them a significant third-place finish out of 35 teams. The Triton women placed 15th overall among 40 teams in the Women’s College 6K Invite.

Both programs entered the meet ranked in the West Region, with the men at No. 5 and the women at No. 6. The women were also recognized nationally, currently residing at No. 18.

Men’s Recap
UC San Diego (RV) placed ahead of notable D-I institutions Loyola Marymount, Sacramento State and Cal as well as other high caliber D-II institutions including No. 12 Alaska Anchorage, No. 15 Cal State San Marcos, No. 18 Biola, No. 19 Queens (N.C.), and Cal Poly Pomona.

With an average team time of 24-minutes, 48.0-seconds, UC San Diego trailed CCAA (California Collegiate Athletic Association) opponent, No. 3 Chico State, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. 

Individually, redshirt senior Aren Johnson led the Triton pack, establishing a 22nd-place finish with a time of 24-minutes, 39.2-seconds. Junior Elijah Horwitz crossed the finish line at 24-minutes, 43.7-seconds to secure 26th-place.

In addition, sophomore Brett Beattie came in 41st (24:51.1), as senior Tim Corvese (46th/24:55.3) and redshirt senior Sam Blake (47th/24:55.6) followed closely behind out of the 280 participants.

Freshman Gabriel Reuter also documented a top-100 finish placing 97th (25:22.4).

Women’s Recap
The No. 18 Triton women amassed 460 points and a 22-minute, 5.0-second average for a middle-of-the-pack finish. Edging CCAA contestant No. 17 Cal State San Marcos was another success of its own this season, on top of other conference competitors and No. 21 Biola. 

Of the 322 runners, sophomore Madalyne Coney paced UC San Diego for the third time this year. Coney finished 50th overall, marking a time of 21-minutes, 37.8-seconds. 

Freshman Samantha Rocke continued to show potential in her debut campaign, competing as the next Triton in line after Coney and earning a 102nd-place finish (22:10.0).

Furthermore, in her junior year, Kendra Corey came in 107th (22:11.2).

UC San Diego will have next weekend off and later return to action on Oct. 12 to play host for the 27th annual Triton Classic in its very own backyard of La Jolla, Calif.  

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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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