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Senior Shalyn Mabritto and the Tritons compete in the CCAA Championships on Saturday morning.

Tritons Set for CCAA Championships on Saturday

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THE SCHEDULE
at CCAA Championships
Saturday, Nov. 3
Cal State San Bernardino • San Bernardino
Men's 8K • 9 a.m.
Women's 6K • 10 a.m.
Forecast: Sunny, high of 90. Wind: 3 mph

The University of California San Diego men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships this Saturday, Nov. 3 at Cal State San Bernardino. The men's 8K competition is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., followed by the women's 6K at 10 a.m.

THE COURSE
The course is comprised of a grass loop on the upper and lower field’s east end, which will be spectator friendly. The women will run two big loops, while the men will run one small loop and three big loops.

THE FIELD
The field is comprised of all CCAA members, with the men's side featuring two teams ranked in the USTFCCA National Coaches' Poll and women's field having one. The men's side is highlighted by No. 4 Chico State and No. 15 Cal Poly Pomona, while the women's field features No. 6 Chico State.

HISTORY LESSON
The UC San Diego men's team took fifth place in the 2017 CCAA Championships, with the women finishing sixth. On the men's side, Aren Johnson placed 12th overall with a time of 24-minutes, 53.2-seconds to earn All-CCAA honors for the second-consecutive season. The women had two All-CCAA performers in Ella Verhees (11th/21:38.6) and Kristin Semancsin (14th/21:42.1), both of whom graduated following the season. 

HEAD COACH NATE GARCIA
Former Triton student-athlete Nate Garcia is in his 12th season as head coach of the UC San Diego cross country program. He took over the reins in 2007 after spending five seasons as an assistant coach. Garcia was a four-year letterwinner in cross country and track at UC San Diego from 1996-2000. He earned numerous athletic and academic honors, including All-Academic District VIII and CCAA All-Academic accolades in 2000-01.

LOCAL REPRESENTATION
This season's UC San Diego rosters feature several student-athletes from San Diego County. The local women include junior Alexandra Hernandez (El Cajon/Granite Hills HS), sophomore Laura Moran (San Diego/Mt. Carmel HS) and freshman Zoie Valencia (San Marcos/San Marcos HS). The men's list includes senior Nick Famolaro (San Diego/West Hills HS), senior Aren Johnson (San Diego/Army and Navy Academy), junior Burak Tufekci (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS), sophomore Jake Selstad (San Marcos/San Marcos HS) freshman Noah Monroy (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS) and freshman Brad Nelson (Carlsbad/Sage Creek HS). 

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UP NEXT
The Tritons will have a week off before competing at the NCAA West Regionals on Saturday, Nov. 17, in Billings, Mont., for a shot to advance to the NCAA Championships.

About UC San Diego Athletics
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