LA JOLLA, Calif. -
After taking a week off from competition, the UC San Diego cross country teams will return to action this weekend when they host the annual UCSD Triton Classic on Saturday at the Triton Cross Country Course.
The 10k men's race will begin at 9:00 a.m., with the 6k women's event scheduled to follow at 10:15. Both of the day's races will start on RIMAC field and finish on the Triton track.
Saturday's event will feature a field of teams from both the Division I and II ranks, as well as representatives from the junior college level. Among the participating schools are fellow California Collegiate Athletic Association members Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State San Bernardino, as well as UC Irvine, Cal State Bakersfield, San Diego State, Pacific and Central Arizona, among others.
Currently ranked No. 8 in the West Region, the Triton men enter Saturday's competition looking for a strong performance on their home course. UCSD is coming off a solid showing at the 25th Annual Roy Griak Invitational in Falcon Heights, Minn. on September 25, where the Tritons finished fifth out of 28 teams. Freshman Mario Flores was UCSD's top individual finisher, placing 34th with a time of 26:40.1 in the 8k. Matt Lenehan finished 42nd overall, followed by Jesse Morrill (50th), John Svet (64th) and Daniel Cooper (85th).
UCSD finished second out of eight teams at the Triton Classic last season, with Jeremy Riley leading five Triton finishers in the top 20. His time of 33:37.3 was good enough for 10th place. Svet also put together a strong run, coming in 14th at 34:08.3.
The Triton women will also be looking to take advantage of the familiar surroundings when the gun goes off on Saturday. UCSD enters Saturday's meet on the heels of a 14th place finish at the Roy Griak Invite two weeks ago, where another rookie in Chia Chang paced the UCSD contingent. The Yorba Linda, Calif. native finished 39th overall with a 6k time of 23:54.2. Catherine Crisp finished 60th overall, followed by Kamilah Foley (85th), Aaryn Kobayashi (92nd) and Jackie Sikkema (116th) to round out the top five.
UCSD's women finished fourth at the Triton Classic in 2009, with Elena Inouye posting a respectable 13th place finish to help lead the way. She clocked in at 22:58.1, finishing in the same spot for the second year in a row. Brianna Alban and Kobayashi were also scorers on the day, finishing 22nd and 23rd with respective times of 23:33.5 and 23:33.6.
The Triton harriers will be competing on their home course for the second time in 2010 on Saturday. UCSD easily defeated Cerritos College and Point Loma Nazarene in its season opener on the men's side, while the Triton women finished second behind PLNU.
Results from Saturday's races will be posted at ucsdtritons.com and flashresults.com/flashwest.