SAN DIEGO -
The UC San Diego cross country teams took part in the 66th Annual Aztec Invitational at historic Balboa Park on Saturday and head coach Nate Garcia
's Tritons turned in impressive performances on both sides.
Competing in both open runs, UCSD finished first overall in the men's 8k event, while the Triton women placed second in their 5k competition. There were a total of five teams in each race.
UCSD had five of the top eight times in the men's open, with freshman Ryan Lok leading the way with a final time of 28:05.8. He finished second overall behind Point Loma Nazarene's Kyle Russell, who won the event at 27:59.9
Ben Rich and Alex Corliss finished in third and fourth place after clocking in at 28:11.1 and 28:25.0, respectively, while Justin Wright came in sixth at 29:07.1. Max Mullender rounded out the scoring for the Tritons, finishing eighth overall with a time of 29:52.3.
UCSD tallied 23 points on the day, finishing 18 in front of second place Point Loma. San Diego Mesa College took third with 81 points, while Occidental College was fourth with 83 and Estrella Mountain Community College scored 99 to place fifth.
Earlier in the day, the Tritons placed two runners in the top 10 in the women's open, with freshman Kaity Malloy finishing fifth overall to lead the UCSD contingent. She clocked in at 20:08.2 in the 5k, completing the race behind four runners from Point Loma.
Maddie Hall was the next Triton finish, clocking in at 20:29.7 to claim ninth place, while Kathryn Turner finished 11th at 20:36.2. Samantha Groff and Ximena Cruz were UCSD's final two scorers in the race, finishing 15th and 16th with respective times of 21:05.4 and 21:06.8.
Point Loma scored 16 points to easily win the event, while the Tritons tallied 50 to finish comfortably in second. The University of San Diego was third with 89, followed by Occidental in fourth with 107 and PLNU's second unit in fifth at 128.
Next up for the Tritons is the 25th Annual Roy Griak Invitational next weekend in Falcon Heights, Minn. Hosted by the University of Minnesota, t he meet is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. local time.