Beattie, Hernandez Pace Tritons at NCAA West Regional
BILLINGS, Mont. — Freshman Brett Beattie and senior Alexandra Hernandez led the University of California San Diego cross country teams at the NCAA West Region Championships on Saturday morning, with the Triton men placing ninth overall with 299 points and the women claiming 14th place with 360 points.
Beattie paced the men with a 30th-place finish, crossing the finish line in the 10K in 31-minutes, 55.33-seconds. Hernandez was the top Triton finisher on the women's side, earning 45th place overall in the 6K with a time of 22:20.88. The top 25 finishers for each gender earned All-West Region accolades.
The top three teams from each region automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships 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.
The entire field of individual qualifiers will be announced on Monday.
Beattie led the pack for UC San Diego, just missing all-region honors in his first collegiate season. It was the first time this season the Ventura native finished first among Tritons.
Junior Tim Corvese was the second UC San Diego runner to cross the finish line, placing 60th overall with a time of 32:34.25. Corvese earned All-CCAA honors at the conference championships on Nov. 3.
Sophomore Jake Selstad earned 67th place (32:42.35), junior Sam Blake was 70th (32:44.16), sophomore Elijah Horwitz took 79th (32:55.36), freshman Noah Monroy garnered 82nd place (33:03.54) and junior Julian Romero was 88th overall (33:11.85).
Chico State won the region for the fourth-consecutive season with 39 points. Simon Fraser was second (63) and Alaska Anchorage was third (116).
Hernandez paced the Tritons, as it was the first time this season the senior from El Cajon led the pack. Hernandez finished third among UC San Diego runners at the Triton Classic on Oct. 20, and finished third on the team and 16th overall at the Coyote Challenge on Sept. 22.
Junior Camille Perkins earned 59th overall with a time of 22:28.98. Perkins, a native of Dana Hills, received All-CCAA accolades at the conference championships on Nov. 3, and finished top two among Tritons in four of seven meets this season.
Senior Shalyn Mabritto was the third UC San Diego runner to cross the finish line, placing 77th overall with a time of 22:47.35. Sophomore Kendra Corey took 90th (23:04.66), freshman Tess Rounds was 97th (23:10.01), freshman Madalyne Coney placed 114th (23:25.35) and freshman McKenna Lewis earned 115th (23:26.17).
Alaska Anchorage won the West Region title with 66 points. Simon Fraser earned second (85) and Chico State finished third (88).
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