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Senior Aren Johnson leads the Tritons into the 2018 season.

Cross Country Set for Run Toward NCAA Championships in Pittsburgh


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LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego men's and women's cross country teams have released their 2018 schedule, with the Tritons set to compete for a spot in the NCAA Championships on Dec. 1 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The 2018 campaign kicks off with the Mark Covert Classic at Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea on Sept. 1, followed by the University of San Diego Invite at Tecolote Shores on Sept 15.

The Tritons will compete in the Coyote Challenge at Cal State San Bernardino for the fourth consecutive season on Sept. 22, before heading to the Conference Cross-Over in Romeoville, Ill., on Oct. 6.

UC San Diego will host the 26th annual Triton Classic on Saturday, Oct. 20, beginning at 8 a.m., in the final meet of the regular season. Last year, the Triton men placed first overall as a team, while the women finished second.

The 2018 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, with the NCAA West Regionals set for two weeks later in Billings, Mont., on Nov. 17.

The NCAA Championships are on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh, Pa., beginning at 10:15 a.m. PT.

The Tritons had three runners earn All-CCAA honors in 2017, including returning senior Aren Johnson (San Diego/Army and Navy Academy), as well as recent graduates Kristin Semancsin (San Diego/Valhalla HS) and Ella Verhees (San Diego/Point Loma HS). The UC San Diego men placed fifth overall at the conference championships, while the women finished sixth.

In addition, returning senior Garrett Boulais and returning junior Timothy Corvese each finished in the top 32 at the 2017 CCAA Championships.

Johnson and Verhees both went on to receive NCAA All-West Region accolades at the 2017 West Regionals in Monmouth, Ore., with Verhees becoming the lone Triton to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Verhees was ninth overall at regionals, lifting the Triton women to an 11th-place finish out of 30 teams in the 8K race. Meanwhile, Johnson earned a 20th-place finish in the regional meet to lead the Triton men to 10th overall out of 27 teams in the 10K event.

At the 2017 NCAA Championships, Verhees placed 158th out of 247 participants in the 6K competition at Angel Mounds in Evansville, Ind.


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