SAN DIEGO — The University of California San Diego cross country teams stuck to its game plan in another good performance at Saturday’s University of San Diego Invitational at Tecolote Shores.
The UC San Diego men placed second and the women fourth in front of several supporters at Mission Bay.
“It’s great to race in town here,” said Tritons head coach Nate Garcia. “The support we got from parents, alumni and members of the track and field team, it’s outstanding.”
UC San Diego placed second with 61 points, topping both USD (64) and Cal State San Marcos (66). The Tritons finished behind only No. 16-ranked Simon Fraser (21) in the men’s 8K.
But Saturday wasn’t all about results.
“We came in with a specific plan and an eye toward races later in the season,” said Garcia. “I was pleased to see the guys buy in and stay engaged in that.
“Our pack did a good job of picking each other up, and that was really the difference-maker for us.”
Sophomore Elijah Horwitz finished first among Tritons for the second-consecutive meet to begin the season, placing fourth overall with a time of 26-minutes, 14-seconds. Freshman Noah Monroy continued his strong start to the year with an 11th-place finish (26:38), while junior Tim Corvese took 14th (26:43).
UC San Diego is currently ranked No. 9 in the West Region with the next USTFCCCA poll set to come out on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
The Tritons’ 93 total points finished ahead of CSUSM (102) and behind Point Loma (54). Sophomore Laura Moran was the top UC San Diego finisher, earning 10th place (23:24) in the women’s 6K. Freshman McKenna Lewis also had a second-straight good performance to start her Triton career, placing 13th overall (23:40).
“It’s still a pretty young group, so it’s fun to watch them all figure out their spots,” said Garcia. "(Moran) had her best race as a Triton and did a great job of running her plan and picking up teammates along the way. She was a massive difference maker.”
UC San Diego returns to action next weekend at the Coyote Challenge at Cal State San Bernardino.
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