SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. —The University of California San Diego cross country teams earned a pair of third-place finishes at the Coyote Challenge Saturday morning at Cal State San Bernardino.
Running on the same course the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships will be held on Nov. 3, the Tritons got a good preview of the challenge it will present later in the season.
“It was a good test on the CCAA Championship course against the (conference’s) southern schools,” said UC San Diego head coach Nate Garcia. “I’m really pleased with where both groups are at this time of the season.”
Freshman McKenna Lewis continued the strong start to her career, leading the Tritons and finishing 12th overall out of 212 runners in the women’s 5K with a time of 18-minutes, 5.6-seconds.
The group effort helped UC San Diego place third with 82 points ahead of both Cal State San Bernardino (4th/149) and Cal Poly Pomona (5th/165). Cal State San Marcos took first with 68 points.
“Our women did a great job of working together,” said Garcia. “That tight packing is going to be a massive help for us moving forward.”
Sophomore Elijah Horwitz kept his momentum going in the early portion of the 2018 season, placing second overall out of 107 runners with a time of 25:14.3 in the men’s 8K. Horwitz, the reigning CCAA Runner of the Week, finished first among Tritons for the third-consecutive meet.
UC San Diego, currently ranked No. 7 in the West Region, earned 78 points to place third behind Cal Poly Pomona (1st/42) and Cal State San Marcos (2nd/57).
Junior Tim Corvese earned 10thplace, crossing the finish line in 25:31.1. Freshman Brett Beattie (17th/25:43.5), sophomore Jake Selstad (23rd/26:01.6), freshman Noah Monroy (26th/26:12.7) and junior Julian Romero (29th/26:28.1) also recorded top-30 finishes on Saturday.
“The men ran well but didn’t pack up quite as much as we would have liked,” said Garcia. “But we saw some very strong individual performances and learned a lot from today’s race.”
After having next weekend off, UC San Diego returns to action on Oct. 6 at the Conference Cross-Over in Romeoville, Ill.
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