Tritons Look to Continue Success at CCAA Championships This Saturday
ARCATA, Calif. – 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, Oct. 26 at Baywood Golf & Country Club in Arcata. The women's 6K competition is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., followed by the men's 8K at 10 a.m.
It will be the first time in championship history that Humboldt State will host at the specified location. The last time the Tritons traveled to Humboldt County was in 2009 for the CCAA Championships located in McKinleyville; the women placed second and the men came in fifth.
With this year being the 20th and final year that UC San Diego will compete in the CCAA, the stakes are high.
“We want to go out with a bang," said Head Coach Nate Garcia. "Both teams have been working really hard over the last few weeks and have put themselves in a place to be competitive with the top teams in the [CCAA]."
“It’s a great conference filled with a lot of goods teams and we think our team is ready to get out there and compete."
Senior Tim Corvese, who earned All-CCAA honors (14th/25:0.4) last season, is striving to come out on top once again in his last year as a Triton.
“I’m pretty excited going into this weekend as we’ve been having one of our best seasons ever. We had a good performance against the rest of the conference earlier this season that we’d like to replicate this weekend,” Corvese said.
Throughout the 2019 campaign, the Triton men have finished in the top four of all four regular-season meets. On the women’s side, the squad has placed either first or second in three of the four total.
“This year, [both the men and the women] have really made an effort to decrease our pack time by working together and sticking close to each other,” Corvese added. “This has been important all year, but even more so now that we are entering the championship season phase.”
Regardless of the CCAA being one of the most competitive Division II conferences in the nation and Corvese’s prior success, the Chino Hills native does not intend on handling the postseason much differently.
“I plan on trusting the work I have put in all season. I tend to have my best races when I’m not worrying about pacing or the course and instead just taking the race one turn at a time,” said Corvese.
“I have been putting up better performances this season than last season, so I hope that will stay true at the CCAA [Championship] meet."
Following the men’s 8K, an awards ceremony will take place, crowning conference titles to each championship team. The top 15 finishers in both the men’s and women’s races will receive All-CCAA honors. The Championship Scholar of the Year, Runner of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Freshman of the Year will also be announced on each side.
“The postseason is special," Garcia said. "We take all the races throughout the year seriously but there is something different about the opportunity to take home a banner and to fight for the All-Conference positions so we are really excited to finally get into the postseason portion of the season."
at CCAA Championships
Saturday, Oct. 26
Humboldt State • Arcata
Women's 6K • 9 a.m.
Men's 8K • 10 a.m.
Forecast: Partly Cloudy, high of 63 degrees. Wind: N 15 mph
Site: Baywood Golf and Country Club
Terrain: A 2K grass loop through rolling hills and lush, fairway valleys. The course will be spectator friendly, accessible to view in several different locations.
The UC San Diego men’s team is currently ranked No. 19 in the nation and No. 2 in the West Region in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA) poll. The women’s team sits at No. 17 in the nation and No. 6 in the West Region. To view the full rankings, click here.
The field is comprised of all CCAA members, with the men's side featuring three teams ranked in the USTFCCCA National Coaches' Poll and the women having five. The event features arguably one of the most talented conferences in the West for both genders.
Women’s 6K: No. 20 Cal Poly Pomona, No. 12 Cal State East Bay, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State San Marcos, No. 5 Chico State, Humboldt State, San Francisco State, Sonoma State, No. 23 Stanislaus State, No. 17 UC San Diego
Men’s 8K: No. 22 Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State East Bay, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Monterey Bay, No. 20 Cal State San Marcos, No. 3 Chico State, Humboldt State, San Francisco State, Stanislaus State (RV), No. 19 UC San Diego
The UC San Diego men's team took fourth place in the 2018 CCAA Championships, with the women finishing sixth. For the Triton men, Tim Corvese placed 14th overall with a time of 25-minutes, 0.4-seconds to earn All-CCAA honors for the first time in his career. Camille Perkins led the blue and gold on the women’s side, placing 14th (22:13.9) and garnering All-CCAA recognition for the first time as well. For a recap of last year’s CCAA Championship, click here.
The Chico State men have won the last 17 CCAA Championships as a pack. Additionally, the Chico State women seek their 12th straight conference victory and 16th of the last 18.
CCAA RUNNERS OF THE WEEK
For the week of Sept. 9-15, Sam Blake and Madalyne Coney were named the CCAA Runners of the Week for their performances at the Cougar Challenge in San Macros. Blake also tabbed USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week in Division II Cross Country for the first time in UC San Diego history the same week.
HEAD COACH NATE GARCIA
Former Triton student-athlete Nate Garcia is in his 13th 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 letter winner 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 multiple student-athletes from San Diego County. The local women include sophomore Zoie Valencia (San Marcos/San Marcos HS) and freshman Isabelle Shepherd (San Diego/University City HS). The men's list includes redshirt senior Aren Johnson (San Diego/Army and Navy Academy), junior Jake Selstad (San Marcos/San Marcos HS) and sophomore Brad Nelson (Carlsbad/Sage Creek HS).
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