SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - The UC San Diego women's cross country team won the 2005 California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship while the men finished third on Saturday morning at Golden Gate Park's Lindley Meadows par course in San Francisco, Calif. Both teams will now prepare for the NCAA West Regional that will be held on Saturday, November 5 in Chino Hills, Calif. Cal Poly Pomona will serve as the host for the regional.
UCSD senior Mimi Hodgins earned CCAA Runner of the Year honors after finishing first individually in the women's race with a time of 21:31, more than 30 seconds faster than the next closest competitor. She was joined on the All-CCAA squad by Nina Miller, Erin O'Donnell, Emily McGregor and Diane Dunn who each finished in the top-10 in the 6k race.
Miller finished fifth overall with her time of 22:12 and was followed closely behind by O'Donnell and McGregor who finished sixth and seventh, respectively, with times of 22:13 and 22:14. Dunn rounded out the Triton scoring with her ninth place finish in a time of 22:24.
UCSD head coach Ted Van Arsdale received CCAA Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Tritons to their second CCAA title all-time. UCSD’s last title came eight years ago when the school was an NCAA Division III institution and an allied member of the CCAA.
On the men's side, Carl Lostrom was the top UCSD finisher, claiming 10th place with his time of 25:29. Chris Beetley-Hagler and Luke Sigmon finished 14th and 15th, respectively, with their times of 25:56 and 25:58. The Tritons' top three finishers all earned All-CCAA honors for finishing in the top-15.
Jake LeVieux and Matthew Noble rounded out the UCSD scoring with their 22nd and 25th place finishes. LeVieux crossed the finish line in a time of 26:29 while Noble posted a time of 26:39 in the 8k race.
Both teams will try to qualify for the National Championships at the NCAA West Regional on November 5. The NCAA D-II National Championships will be hosted by Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday, November 19. The race will be run on the same course as the West Regional.