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The Tritons are set for the NCAA West Regionals on Saturday morning.

Tritons Set for NCAA West Regional on Saturday


NCAA West Regionals
Saturday, Nov. 17
Amend Park • Billings, Mont.
Men's 10K • 9:40 a.m. MT
Women's 6K • 10:55 a.m. MT
Forecast: Sunny with a high of 29 degrees and a low of 21 degrees. Wind: 16 mph
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The University of California San Diego men's and women's cross country teams head to the NCAA West Regionals this weekend at Amend Park in Billings, Mont. The Tritons will attempt to earn a berth to the NCAA Championships on Sat., Dec. 1, in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Site: Amend Park
A Look From Above: Check out overview pictures of the women's 6K course here. For the men's 10K course, click here.

The top three teams from each region automatically qualify for the NCAA meet on both the men's and women's sides, along with eight at-large teams selected by the NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Cross Country Committee by way of a head-to-head comparison. There is no limit to the number of at-large teams that can be selected from any given region.

After 32 teams have been determined, a minimum of 24 additional individuals of each gender will be selected to compete at the NCAA Championships. The top-two individuals who are not part of a qualifying team will automatically advance, as well as all runners who finish in the top-five at the regional meet and are not part of a qualifying team. The next eight individuals will be chosen as an at-large selection, largely based on the strength of region.

Nationally ranked teams in the men's 10K include: No. 4 Chico State, No. 7 Alaska Anchorage, No. 11 Simon Fraser, No. 15 Western Washington, No. 22 Cal State San Marcos, No. 23 Cal Poly Pomona, No. RV Western Oregon.

Nationally ranked teams in the women's 6K include: No. 5 Chico State, No. 7 Alaska Anchorage, No. 10 Simon Fraser, No. 12 Seattle Pacific, No. 13 Azusa Pacific and No. 16 Point Loma, No. 19 Stanislaus State, and No. 21 Western Washington. 

The Triton men’s team earned fourth place and the women placed sixth at the 2018 CCAA Championships on Nov. 3 in San Bernardino. Juniors Tim Corvese and Camille Perkins each picked up All-CCAA honors, as both placed 14th overall. Triton men earned 127 points for a fourth-place finish, while the women earned 181 points in its sixth-place performance.

On the men's side, freshman Brett Beattie took 24th overall in 25:30.1, fellow freshman Noah Monroy earned 27th at 25:34.3 and sophomore Elijah Horwitz placed 36th overall with a time of 25:58.8.

For the women, the freshmen duo of Madalyne Coney (40th/23:12.4) and Tess Rounds (41st/23:13.5) led the way for the Tritons, followed by senior Shalyn Mabritto (44th/23:17.8) and sophomore Laura Moran (51st/23:25.5).

Last season, the Triton women were led by Ella Verhees' 9th-place finish in the 6K race with a time of 21:34.4, en route to earning All-West Region accolades and an 11th place team finish ... Verhees went on to qualify for the NCAA Championships ... The UC San Diego women last qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2014 after finishing fourth at the West Regional meet. Paige Hughes earned All-West Region honors with a 16th-place finish (22:01.8), while Corinne Hinkle was 37th (22:41.08), Chandler Colquitt was 38th (22:45.59) and Michelle Le Roux placed 39th (22:46.58) ... Bre Schofield was the last Triton woman to qualify for the national meet as an individual after finishing fifth (21:44.2) at the 2008 West Regional ... Chico State won the 2016 West Regional, while Alaska Anchorage won in 2015.

Aren Johnson led the men's team by earning All-West Region honors after finishing the 10K race in 30:53.4, as UC San Diego placed 10th as a team ... The Triton men had two individual qualifiers in 2016 when Tareq Alwafai and Brendan Gee both advanced. Alwafai placed 7th overall with a time of 30:09.47, while Gee finished 10th (30:30.87) ... The UC San Diego men's team last qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2007, when the Tritons took third place at the West Regionals. Jesse Morrill finished 24th (25:40.7), Kevin Klein was 27th (31:58.5) and Greg Geldman placed 28th (32:01.1) ... Tanner Collins qualified for the NCAA Championships as an individual in 2014, placing 14th at 31:31.12. Alwafai qualified in 2013, when he placed 14th (32:26.2) and set a UC San Diego course record at the Plantes Ferry Sports Complex in Spokane, Wash. ... Chico State won the West Regional in both 2016 and 2015.

The men's and women's teams both qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2003 and again in 2007. 

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.

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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