LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's and women's cross country squads both won their divisions at the 2005 UCSD Triton Cross Country Classic on Saturday. The men finished with 20 points while the women had 19 in the Division II section of the race. Individually, UCSD's Mimi Hodgins was the top overall individual runner on the women's side, finishing the 6k race in a time of 21:53.5. Unattached runner Ricky Barnes broke the tape on the men's side in a time of 25:25.4, setting a new course record in the process. Carl Lostrom was the top UCSD individual runner, finishing the 8k course in a time of 26:14.1, good enough for ninth place.
In the men's Division II race, the Triton runners finished first, third, fourth, fifth and seventh overall to account for the 20 points while the UCSD women crossed the finish line in first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth for the 19 point winning total. The victory for the women is the second-straight year while the men improve upon their second place finish from 2004.
Following Hodgins on the women's side was Nina Miller, whose time of 22:55.2 was eighth fastest overall and third in Division II. Emily McGregor's time of 23:01.0 was 10th overall and fourth in her Division while Erin O'Donnell finished 13th overall and fifth in D-II with her time of 23:07.2. Amanda Burkhardt rounded out the UCSD scorers with her time of 23:19.0 that was good enough for 16th place overall and sixth place in Division II.
Luke Sigmon was the second fastest UCSD men's runner, finishing 13th overall and third in D-II with his time of 26:32.2 while Chris Beetley-Hagler was 18th overall and fourth in his division with a time of 26:46.1. Gabriel LaMothe finished 20th overall and right behind Beetley-Hagler in Division II with his time of 26:48.1. Dan Holligan rounded out the UCSD runners that scored with his time of 26:57.3 which placed him 25th overall and seventh in D-II.
UCSD had several alumni that ran in the open race that finished quite well including James Nielsen and Julie Swail. Nielsen, a former cross country runner for the Tritons, finished second overall in the men's race with a time of 25:26.6, just one second behind the winner. Swail, a former women's water polo standout at UCSD who won a gold medal for the U.S. in that sport, finished sixth overall in the women's race with her time of 22:52.7.
The Tritons return to action in two weeks at the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships that will be hosted by San FranciscoState on Saturday, October 22. The race will be held at Lindley Meadows of the Golden GatePark. The women's race will begin at , followed by the men at
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios Mimi Hodgins was the top overall finisher on the women's side on Saturday.