SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. and FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. - The UC San Diego cross country teams compiled more strong showings Saturday, racing in two events on separate sides of the country. In the Midwest, the men came in fifth and the women placed eighth at the highly-competitive Roy Griak Invitational. On the West Coast, the men grabbed a first-place finish at the 2013 Coyote Invite while the women placed fourth.
The UCSD men were led by junior Tanner Collins at the Griak with a 24th place finish for a time of 26:10.5, the best mark ever posted by any Triton on the course.
Behind Collins, seniors Kellen Levy came across at 26:29.9 for a 45th place finish, Matt Lenehan placed 47th with a time of 26:31.1 and Mario Flores crossed the finish line with a mark of 26:31.8 in 49th. Rounding out the scoring for UCSD was sophomore Daniel Franz with a time of 26:39.8.
The Tritons finished with an overall time of 2:12:23, placing fifth out of 44 squads with 206 points in the Maroon Division II race. UCSD finished ahead of No. 20 Southwest Baptist, which placed ninth, and just behind No. 16 Central Missouri, which placed third with a time of 2:10:24.
No. 5 Augustana snagged first place with a time of 2:08:43, good for 54 points. Adam Volkert of Pittsburg State won the event with a time of 25:11.
Sophomore Paige Hughes was the top finisher for the Triton women at the Griak, clocking in at 23:18.2 to place 26th. She now owns the second-fastest time that any Triton has run on the course in program history.
Marie Diaz continued her strong sophomore campaign coming across at 23:38.8 in 39th place. Junior Michelle Le Roux wasn’t far behind, running a time of 23:48.2 to place 56th. Finishing out the scoring for UCSD was Chia Chang (24:05.2) and sophomore Chandler Colquitt (24:07.3) in 78th and 81st, respectively.
UCSD placed eighth overall, totaling a time of 1:58:57 to finish with 231 points, out of 34 teams. Four ranked teams placed ahead of UCSD, as No. 3 Augustana was first (1:54:46), No. 15 Minnesota Duluth finished second (1:55:55), No. 22 Pittsburg State was third (1:56:23) and No. 20 Southwest Baptist came in fifth (1:58:07).
Augustana’s Runa Falch was the top finisher with a time of 21:34.
In San Bernardino, freshman Brendan Gee powered UCSD to victory. His mark of 26:19.4 was the best of all 41 runners in the event.
The Tritons totaled 33 points with an overall time of 2:14:39. Cal Poly Pomona placed second at 2:15:19 with 39 points, while Cal State Fullerton and Pasadena rounded out the competition.
Individually behind Gee, Charles Morgan grabbed a sixth place finish to clock in at 26:50.0. Mike Kloha came across the finish line next for the Tritons with a mark of 26:58.4 at eighth. Wrapping up the scoring for UCSD was Sean Upson (27:10.7, 10th) and Grant Foster (27:20.5, 11th).
On the women’s side in San Bernardino, the Tritons placed fourth overall with 100 points and a time of 2:00:37. Cal State Fullerton took home first place with 24 points and an overall mark of 1:54:48. Cal Poly Pomona finished second (1:58:18) and Cal State San Bernardino grabbed fourth (2:00:28).
The Tritons finished ahead of Cal State LA (2:01:11), San Diego Mesa (2:07:34), Sonoma State (2:10:06) and Pasadena (2:23:30).
Gracia Innocentia took 12th overall, crossing the line as the top Triton finisher at 23:35.6. Amanda Weber was the second finisher for UCSD at 17th overall, clocking in at 23:55.2. The Tritons rounded out the scoring with times from Alia Bales (24:10.0), Anneke Kakebeen (24:19.4) and Carolina Guzman (24:37.6).
Katie Bathgate of Cal State Fullerton was the top runner with a time of 22:30.9.
The Tritons return home to host the Triton Classic on Saturday, Oct. 12. Two races on the women’s side are scheduled, with the 6k open slated to begin at 8:20 a.m. followed by the 6k invite at 9 a.m. The men’s 8k competition will begin at 9:40 a.m.