LA JOLLA, Calif. - For the fifth straight year, the UCSD women’s cross country team is headed to the NCAA National Championships.The Triton squad was among 24 teams selected by the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee that announced the participants for the 2006 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships.The 6k race is scheduled to take place Saturday, November 18 in Pensacola, Florida, as part of the first ever NCAA Division II Fall Championships Festival.
In order to be eligible to participate in the championships, teams and individuals had to qualify in their respective NCAA region competitions.Head coach Ted Van Arsdale guided his Tritons to a third place finish in the West Region. Junior Diane Dunn was the top finisher for the Triton women, finishing sixth overall with her time of 21:31.05. She was joined on the 15-person All-West Region team by teammate and fellow junior Emily McGregor who finished 10th overall with her time of 21:47.41.Senior Nina Miller, Amanda Burkhardt, and Ashleigh Montgomery finished 19th, 20th and 21st overall, respectively to round out the UCSD scorers. Catherine Strouse finished 48th overall while Jordana Henderson finished in 60th place out of 125 runners.
Last year, the team finished 7th at the NCAA D-II National Championships, their best ever finish at that level, topping their previous high of 16th in 2003.As the lone senior on this year’s team, Miller will be looking to close out her college cross country career with another strong performance at the Nationals.Last year, Miller crossed the finish line in a time of 23:54.1, good enough for 88th place. Dunn rounded out the UCSD scoring on the day with her 94th place finish in a time of 24:00.7, while Burkhardt also gained valuable experience during the race.This year Miller, Dunn, and Burkhardt will be joined by sophomores Jessica DiMascio, Montgomery, and Strouse, along with the lone freshman, Henderson, in competing for the Tritons in the 6k race.
UC San Diego enters the Championships ranked 10th in Division II.All four teams selected from the West Region are currently ranked in the top 11 with Cal State L.A. at 5, Seattle Pacific at 6, and ChicoState at 11.Three-time defending NCAA Division II Champion Adams State is currently ranked 3rd, while GrandValleyState, last year’s runner-up, is ranked 1st.
The NCAA Division II National Championships will take place this Saturday, November 18th at the EscambiaCountyEquestrianCenter in Pensacola, Florida with a scheduled start time of
Courtesy: Jimmy Gekas/Sideline Studios Senior Nina Miller and the Tritons take part in the NCAA D-II National Championships on Saturday in Pensacola, Fla.