LA JOLLA, Calif. – The 12th-ranked UC San Diego women’s cross country team defended its Division II title on Saturday at the 2006 Triton Cross Country Classic while UCLA captured the Division I title. The University of LaVerne won the Division III title while PimaCommunity College captured the Division VI crown.
UCLA had a perfect score of 15 in the D-I results, as did the D-III and D-VI Champions, LaVerne and Pima CC. The Tritons narrowly edged out Cal State L.A. by one point, as the Tritons scored 30 points to the Golden Eagles’ 31.
If the race was scored without any divisional breakdown, UCLA would have scored 30 points, followed by Cal State L.A.’s 60 and UC San Diego’s 63 points.
Karla Alburez of CSULA was the top overall individual finisher on the women’s side, finishing the race in a time of 22:41.2, three seconds faster than UCSD Alumni runner Julie Swail. Olga Aulet-Leon and Nicole Pennes of UCLA finished third and fourth, respectively while Sarah Apgar of SouthwesternCollege finished fifth with her time of 22:48.8.
UCSD junior Diane Dunn was the top finisher for the Tritons, crossing the finish line in a time of 22:49.4, giving her sixth place overall. Emily McGregor and Amanda Burkhardt were the next two UC San Diego runners to cross the finish line with their times of 23:24.6 and 23:24.9. The duo finished 11th and 12th overall, respectively.
Ashleigh Montgomery and Nina Miller rounded out the Triton scorers on the women’s side, finishing in 19th and 20th places with their times of 23:44.8 and 23:50.8.
No team or individual awards were handed out after the men’s race as all the individual results were deemed unofficial due to a course discrepancy, pending further review.
The top runner in the men’s race was Bobby Olivera who finished the 8k course with an unofficial time of 25:48.6. Freshman Jesse Morrill was the top UCSD runner, crossing the finish line in an unofficial time of 26:14.6. The Tritons' Max Mullender finished right behind Morrill with his unofficial time of 26:17.8.
The UCSD men’s and women’s cross country teams will be back in action in two weeks, hosting the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships on the same course on October 21. The men will race at , followed by the women at
Courtesy: UCSD Amanda Burkhardt finished 12th overall, helping UCSD to the Division II title on Saturday at the Triton XC Classic.