LA JOLLA, Calif. -
A week after taking part in the Asics/UC Irvine Invite, the UC San Diego cross country teams will face another stiff test when they take part in the 66th Annual San Diego State Aztec Invitational Saturday morning in Balboa Park.
One of the longest-running meets in the nation, the 2010 Aztec Invite is scheduled to have four separate races, beginning with the women's open 5k at 8:00 a.m. The women's and men's invitational events will be held at 8:45 and 9:30, respectively, followed by the men's open 8k at 10:15.
Head coach Nate Garcia will be entering teams in both open competitions, electing to rest several of his top performers in preparation for next weekend's Roy Griak Invitational in Falcon Heights, Minn.
Anh Bui, Ximena Cruz, Samantha Groff, Maddie Hall, Bree Levinson, Kaity Malloy, Kathryn Turner and Emily Vaughn will be competing for the Triton women, while Alex Corliss, Andre LaMothe, Ryan Lok, Max Mullender, Ben Rich and Justin Wright will make up the men's contingent.
The Tritons will be competing against an elite, multi-level field for the second week in a row on Saturday. In addition to host San Diego State, UCLA, Long Beach State, BYU, Northern Arizona, the University of San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene and Biola are among the schools entering teams.
UCSD will compete in the Aztec Invitational for the first time since 2008, when both team's entered the invitational competitions. The Tritons finished 10th out of 17 teams on the men's side, while UCSD took 15 in the 17-team women's field. Garcia also had a team running in the women's open run that day and the unit placed second overall, finishing 12 points behind CCAA rival Chico State.