LA JOLLA, Calif. – The UC San Diego men’s and women’s cross country teams will host the 2006 California Collegiate Athletic Association Cross Country Championships this Saturday at the Triton Cross Country Course on the UCSD campus. The 14th-ranked women enter the race looking to defend their 2005 CCAA Championship while the men will be trying to improve on last year’s 3rd place finish.
The men will take to the 8k course first at The defending champions are the Chico State Wildcats, who enter the meet as the No. 3-ranked team in the nation. 17th-ranked Cal Poly Pomona and the Tritons of UC San Diego are two of the other five teams that will try to prevent a ChicoState repeat.
Ricky Barnes, who ran unattached as the 2005 Triton Classic, hold the 8k course record at the Triton Cross County Course, completing the run in a time of 25:25.4. Former UCSD runner and current assistant coach, Carl Lostrom, holds the UCSD record on the 8k course with his time of 26:14.1 at the 2005 Triton Classic.
UCSD had three runners earn All-CCAA honors last year on the men’s side and has placed 22 student-athletes on the All-CCAA teams since 1992.
The women’s 6k race is slated to begin at and will feature 10 teams vying for the title including No. 10 Chico State, No. 14 UC San Diego and No. 17 Cal State L.A. The Tritons captured last year’s conference crown by posting a team score of 28. ChicoState finished second with 55 points while Cal Poly Pomona came in third with 88 points. The league title was the second in UC San Diego’s history as the Tritons also captured the 1997 championship as an associate member.
Head coach Ted Van Arsdale had five runners earn All-CCAA status last year and has placed 29 student-athletes on All-CCAA squads since 1992. Three of the five all-league runners from last year’s squad return in 2006 led by Diane Dunn and Emily McGregor. Senior Nina Miller also earned all-conference accolades as a junior.
The 6k course record on the Triton Cross Country Course is held by last year’s CCAA Runner of the Year, Mimi Hodgins, who conquered the terrain in a time of 21:53.5 during the 2005 Triton Classic. She also earned NCAA West Region Runner of the Year honors after finishing first and helping UCSD to a second place finish at last year’s West Regional.
Following this weekend’s CCAA Championships, the Triton men’s and women’s cross country teams will have one week off before taking part in the NCAA West Regional hosted by Chico State. That meet will take place on Saturday morning, November 4, at the ForebayAquaticsCenter in Chico, Calif.
Courtesy: UCSD The UCSD women's cross country squad looks to defend its CCAA crown at home this weekend.