Verhees To Represent UC San Diego At NCAA Championships
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ELLA VERHEES IN 2017
UC San Diego senior Ella Verhees (San Diego/Point Loma HS) is the lone Triton to qualify for the 2017 NCAA Championships, making it as an at-large selection out of the West Region. She has picked up All-West Region and All-California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) honors this season, while also being named CCAA Runner of the Week on Oct. 9.
In addition, Verhees placed first among all collegiate runners at UC San Diego's Triton Classic on Oct. 7, and has finished first among all Triton women in six-straight meets to end the season.
HOW TO EARN ALL-AMERICA HONORS
It's easier said than done. The top-40 finishers will be receive All-America honors. UC San Diego has amassed six All-America selections since moving to Division II in 2002.
TRITON HISTORY AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The UC San Diego women's team qualified for the national meet in six-consecutive seasons from 2002-07. The last Triton woman to qualify for the NCAA Championships as an individual was Bre Schofield in 2008, when she earned All-America honors after placing 22nd overall (22:19).
The Triton women last qualified as a team in the NCAA Championships in 2014, finishing 21st overall. Marie Diaz led UC San Diego individually by placing 76th (22:40.7).
AT NCAA WEST REGIONALS
Verhees earned All-West Region honors at the 2017 NCAA West Regionals at Ash Creek Preserve in Monmouth, Ore. The senior finished ninth overall with a time of 21:30.4, and qualified for the NCAA Championships.
The UC San Diego women's team earned 11th place out of 30 teams, as senior Kristin Semancsin (San Diego/Valhalla HS) placed 41st (22:08.5), junior Karina Carstens took 82nd (22:54.7) and junior Shalyn Mabritto was 94th (23:04.5).
Cal Baptist took first place on the women's side, with Alaska Anchorage finishing second and fellow California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) member Chico State claiming third.
AT THE CCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Triton women finished sixth at the 2017 CCAA Championships in Ceres on Oct. 21. Verhees (21:36.6) and Semancsin (21:42.1) each earned All-CCAA honors with 11th and 14th-place finishes, respectively, in the 6K race.
The UC San Diego women were also led by Carsten's 32nd-place finish (22:18.2) as well as senior Merin Arft's 43rd-place finish (22:36.5).
Chico State took home the women's championship, followed by Cal State San Marcos in second and Cal Poly Pomona in third.
HEAD COACH NATE GARCIA
Former Triton student-athlete Nate Garcia is in his 11th season as head coach of the UC San Diego cross country program. He took over the reins in 2007 after spending five seasons as an assistant coach. Garcia was a four-year letterwinner in cross country and track at UCSD from 1996-2000. He earned numerous athletic and academic honors, including All-Academic District VIII and CCAA All-Academic accolades in 2000-01.
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