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Sophomore Elijah Horwitz led the Triton men to a second-place finish.

Men's Cross Country Takes Second, Women Third at Mark Covert Classic


BREA, Calif. —The University of California San Diego men’s and women’s cross country teams got off to strong starts to the 2018 season on Saturday morning, competing in the 34thAnnual Mark Covert Classic at Carbon Canyon Regional Park.

The UC San Diego men placed second overall with 65 points in the non-division I 8K race to begin the day, while the women finished third overall with 69 points in the non-division I 5K.

Sophomore Elijah Horwitz and freshman McKenna Lewis paced the men and women, respectively, with freshman Noah Monroy and senior Alexandra Hernandez also making a big impact on the final outcome.

After preparing in high elevation at Lake Mammoth, Calif., prior to the start of the season, the Tritons saw the results they hoped for in the opening meet of the season.

“It was a good meet this morning,” said UC San Diego head coach Nate Garcia. “The team is coming off some excellent work up in altitude and we were really pleased with how they performed today.”


Horwitz led the Triton men with a fifth-place overall effort, crossing the finish line in 25-minutes, 25.1-seconds. He was followed by the trio of junior Tim Corvese (13th/25:51.9), Monroy (14th/25.53.8) and freshman Brett Beattie (15th/25.58.9).

Junior Julian Romero (23rd/26:22.5), senior Sam Blake (25th/26:23.9), junior Burak Tufekci (26th/26:27.1) and sophomore Justin Sherfey (28th/26:28.6) also recorded top-30 finishes.

“(Horwitz) did a good job of engaging with the front group and fought hard to hold onto a top-five finish,” said Garcia. “He was racing some very talented guys, so it’s good proof of his fitness level.”


The Triton women were led by Lewis’ 13th-place finish with a time of 18:56.5, while junior Camille Perkins took 16th(19:20.7) and freshman Madalyne Coney crossed the finish line 18thoverall (19:25.4).

Freshman Zoie Valencia (24th/19:38.5), Hernandez (27th/19:50.1) and senior Shalyn Mabritto (28th/19:53.0) also earned top-30 finishes for UC San Diego.

“(Lewis) has done an excellent job adjusting to the collegiate training and didn’t look like someone running in their first collegiate race,” said Garcia. “We’re very excited for what she can do moving forward.”

UC San Diego returns to action at the University of San Diego Invitational at Tecolote Shores on Saturday, Sept. 15.


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