LA JOLLA, Calif. — The University of California San Diego men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in the University of San Diego Invitational for the second-consecutive season on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Tecolote Shores North Park.
The men’s 8K race will begin following the National Anthem at 8:30 a.m., with the women’s 6K scheduled for 9:30 a.m. The course is a large grass 2K loop.
Both the men and women claimed second-place finishes in last year’s USD invite, with senior Aren Johnson placing first overall with a time of 25-minutes, 20-seconds. The UC San Diego men earned 39 points to finish behind only Stanford (20), while the women’s 47 points also finished behind Stanford (29) but ahead of third-place USD (48).
This season, results will be separated between Division I and non-Division I.
UC San Diego began its 2018 campaign at the Mark Covert Classic on Sept. 1, with the men placing second and the women taking third. Sophomore Elijah Horwitz led the men with a fifth-place finish in the 8K race with a time of 25: 25.1, while freshman McKenna Lewis took 13thoverall for the women after crossing the finish line of the 5K race in 18:56.5.
In addition, the men’s trio of junior Tim Corvese (13th/25:51.9), freshman Noah Monroy (14th/25:53.8) and freshman Brett Beattie (15th/25:58.9) each earned top-15 finishes for the men at the Covert Classic. On the women’s side, junior Camille Perkins (16th/9:20.07) and freshman Madalyne Coney (18th/19:25.4) also placed in the top 20.
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