LA JOLLA, Calif. — The 2018 final roster has been set for the University of California San Diego men's and women's cross country teams, as head coach Nate Garcia completed final cuts on Thursday.
The latest freshman class includes six women and six men.
The women's group consists of Audrey Coney (Alamo/Monte Vista HS), Madalyne Coney (Alamo/Monte Vista HS), Brianna Corvese (Chino Hills/St. Lucy's Priory HS), McKenna Lewis (Clovis/Clovis HS), Tess Rounds (Claremont/Claremont HS) and Zoie Valencia (San Marcos/San Marcos HS).
Meanwhile, the men's group is composed of Brett Beattie (Ventura/Buena HS), Marcos Milla (Corona/Santiago HS), Noah Monroy (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS), Brad Nelson (Carlsbad/Sage Creek HS), Trevor Paulbitski (Pacifica/Archbishop Riordan HS) and Jaden Rosenthal (San Diego/High Tech HS).
Garcia believes the entire class blends in well within the team both on and off the course.
“We’re really excited about them, they ran some fast times in high school,” said Garcia. “Even more important is they’re individuals who will fit in well with our team culture, our ideals and what we’re trying to accomplish.
“I’ve only been with them a couple days, but we’ve already seen them meshing very well with our team. I’m excited to see them bring their talents to the group we already have and what we’re going to be able to accomplish all together.”
On the men’s side, Garcia described this year’s class as one of the best he’s had in his 12 seasons as head coach. Although they face big challenges on race days due to courses being a longer distance, he believes the future is very bright.
“It’s hard not to be excited about them,” said Garcia. “(High school) numbers are one thing and doing it at the collegiate level is another, but we’ve got some guys that are really talented.
“All of them are impact guys right away, so we’re excited about that. It’s a good youth movement to help push our older guys.”
Among the group is Monroy, who is a San Diego native and Torrey Pines High School graduate, but also attended Maranatha Christian for his junior season.
At Maranatha Christian, Monroy won the CIF-San Diego Section Division 5 championship, was named Coastal Conference Runner of the Year and placed sixth overall at the CIF State Meet.
“(College) is definitely a different experience,” said Monroy. “In high school, some people are there because their parents made them or because their friends are doing it. Now, we’re out here because we want to do this.
“Everyone is very talented, and we wouldn’t be on the team together if we didn’t work hard to get here. It gives you a lot of respect for others on the team and makes you feel a little accomplished with how far you’ve come along.”
The women's class is led by Lewis and Rounds, who join the team with the fastest high-school marks.
However, Garcia noted the biggest challenge for each of the women will be practicing on a daily basis with teammates that have similar ability.
“They are stepping into a team environment where there are a lot of others on their level,” he said. “It can be a huge positive because there’s extra energy pushing you in practice, but it can also be challenging if you’re used to being the best.”
|Freshmen Women (6)|
|Audrey Coney||Alamo, Calif. (Monte Vista HS)|
|Madalyne Coney||Alamo, Calif. (Monte Vista HS)|
|Brianna Corvese||Chino Hills, Calif. (St. Lucy's Priory HS)|
|McKenna Lewis||Clovis, Calif. (Clovis HS)|
|Tess Rounds||Claremont, Calif. (Claremont HS)|
|Zoie Valencia||San Marcos, Calif. (San Marcos HS)|
|Freshmen Men (6)|
|Brett Beattie||Ventura, Calif. (Buena HS)|
|Marcos Milla||Corona, Calif. (Santiago HS)|
|Noah Monroy||San Diego, Calif. (Torrey Pines HS)|
|Brad Nelson||Carlsbad, Calif. (Sage Creek HS)|
|Trevor Paulbitski||Pacifica, Calif. (Archbishop Riordan HS)|
|Jaden Rosenthal||San Diego, Calif. (High Tech HS)|