CHINO HILLS, Calif. – The 5th-ranked UC San Diego women’s cross country team finished second at the NCAA Division II Cross Country West Regional Championship on Saturday morning in Chino Hills, Calif. The finish advances the Tritons on to the NCAA D-II National Championships at the same venue on November 19.
Senior Mimi Hodgins followed up her California Colleigate Athletic Association Championship two weeks ago with a NCAA West Regional Championship run, finishing first out of 146 runners, breaking the tape in a time of 21:59.80, just 2.1 seconds faster than Katie Lee of Chico State.
The Tritons finished in second place as a team with 62 points, 20 behind Chico State who was the CCAA Runner-Up to the Tritons two weeks ago at the league championships. The Wildcats had its top five runners in the top-15 while UCSD’s top five runners all finished in the top-20.
Erin O'Donnell was the next fastest runner for the Tritons, finishing in seventh place overall with her time of 22:30.00. Emily McGregor finished 15th with her mark of 23:04.50 while Michelle DiMeo and Nina Miller finished 19th and 20th to round out the Triton runners who scored. DiMeo’s time of 23:28.10 was just five-tenths of a second faster than Miller.
Head coach Ted Van Arsdale, who was the CCAA Coach of the Year, quides his team into the NCAA Championships again just one year after posting a 17th place finish.