UCSD Looks to Defend Titles as host of the Triton Classic this Weekend
The UC San Diego men’s and women’s cross country teams return home this weekend to host the UCSD Triton Cross Country Classic.The meet will begin at on the Triton Par Course.Twenty-one schools will compete on the women’s side and seventeen schools will compete on the men’s side.
The Tritons will be looking to defend their Division II team titles on both the men’s and women’s side.UCSD will be faced with competition from CCAA foes Cal State Stanislaus, Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State L.A., and Cal Poly Pomona on the women’s side and Cal State Stanislaus and Cal Poly Pomona on the men’s side.
Returning is last year’s Division I winner from the men’s side, UC Irvine.The Anteaters will attempt to defend their championship against fellow DI rivals UCLA, Pepperdine, University of San Diego, and Long BeachState.
Nina Miller returns to the race after finishing with a time of 22:55.2 last year, good for eighth fastest overall and third in Division II.Miller, the team’s lone senior, has been strong for the Tritons again this year with her time of good for 7th overall and pacing the squad at the Aztec Invitational.
Junior Emily McGregor was also successful at the Triton Classic last year with a time of 23:01.0 placing her 10th overall and fourth in her Division and looks to have another successful home meet this year.McGregor finished 4th at the season opener at Point Loma Nazarene with a time of 15:49.3.She was also instrumental the following week with her time of 18.48 scoring 11 points and helping the Tritons to a 3rd place finish out of 18 teams at the UC Irvine Invitational.
Fellow junior Diane Dunn has stepped up as another team leader alongside Miller and McGregor.Dunn has been the top UCSD finisher in all three meets she has competed in this year, finishing in the top-10 overall each time.After finishing 3rd at Point Loma Nazarene, Dunn was strong in competitive races at the UC Irvine and Roy Griak Invitationals, finishing 7th and 9th, respectively, while helping the Tritons to third and fourth-place finishes.
Daniel Holligan serves as the team’s only senior and a strong leader for the men’s squad.Holligan was impressive in helping the Tritons to an eighth-place finish at the UC Irvine Invitational.Holligan’s time of 25:59.9 was good for 30th overall and earned 29 points for the UCSD team.
Sophomore Jake LeVieux has come on strong for UCSD in the last two meets and looks to continue his strong finishes at the Triton Classic.LeVieux was the top UCSD finisher at the Aztec Invitational, placing 20th overall with a time of 26:59 and helping the Tritons to a 9th place finish.LeVieux came back the following week and finished 50th out of 509 runners at the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational.
Freshman Jesse Morrill has been a welcome addition to the squad, pacing the men’s side in all three meets in which he has competed.Morrill burst onto the college athletics scene by winning the Point Loma Nazarene meet with a time of 22:17.8.Morrill would then finish as the top Triton at both the UC Irvine and Roy Griak Invitationals, placing 21st and 48th respectively.The newcomer looks to continue such success on the UCSD home course.
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios Nina Miller and Diane Dunn