WHITTIER, Calif. -
The UC San Diego cross country teams got their first glimpse of the 2010 California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship course on Saturday and based on the day's results, the Tritons look primed to compete for a league title when they return to Whittier in two weeks.
UCSD had six of the top eight finishers to easily win the men's 8k race, while the women came second in their 6k run with all five scorers finishing in the top 15.
Saturday's races were held at Legg Lake in Whittier Narrows Regional Park, which will also serve as the site of CCAA Championships on November 6.
"We had a great race today on both sides," head coach Nate Garcia said. "We are very happy with the results and we're looking forward to coming back here in two weeks and hopefully running strong again."
The Triton men were absolutely dominant on Saturday, recording the first six times among CCAA competitors. While unattached runners Dawson Vorderbruegge and Joey Nunes finished first and second, it was all UCSD after that, as Garcia's contingent claimed spots three through eight.
Freshman Kellen Levy led the pack, completing the course with a time of 25:51.9, which was about 20 seconds off Nunes' pace. Patrick French was the next Triton to finish, clocking in at 25:52.0 to claim fourth place, while Mario Flores took fifth at 25:52.8.
Alex Corliss, Ben Rich and Ryan Lok finished in sixth, seventh and eighth place respectively, with times of 26:10.1, 26:14.2 and 26:20.2.
With Triton runners claiming the first five spots in the scoring, UCSD totaled 15 points on the day to easily defeat full squads from Cal State Stanislaus (50) and Cal State East Bay (78). Host Cal Poly Pomona only entered three runners on the men's side, while Santiago Canyon had two representatives in the race.
Rookie Kamilah Foley was the Tritons' top individual finisher in the women's race, clocking in at 22:55.9 to grab sixth place, while Aaryn Kobayashi and Jackie Sikkema finished ninth and 10th with times of 23:07.0 and 23:07.3, respectively. Chia Chang and Heather Hisgen were UCSD's final two scorers on the day, finishing with times of 23:14.1 and 23:27.0. Chang finished in 12th place, two spots in front of Hisgen.
Behind first and second place finishes from Denail Foldager and Rubye Elhard, Cal State Stanislaus scored 50 points to narrowly claim the team title, while UCSD finished a very close second with 51. Cal State San Bernardino was third with 61 points, followed by Sonoma State (120), Cal State Dominguez Hills (138), Cal State East Bay (142) and Cal Poly Pomona (149).
The Tritons will now take next week off before returning to Legg Lake for the conference meet in two weeks. The 2010 CCAA Championships will begin with the women's 6k at 9:00 a.m., followed by the men's 8k competition at 10:00.