Meet No. 5
2011 Triton Classic Cross Country Invitational
Saturday, October 8, 2011 • 9:00 a.m.
UC San Diego Cross Country Course • La Jolla, Calif.
Line ‘Em Up!
After taking last week off, the UC San Diego cross country teams will return to competition this weekend when they host the 19th Annual Triton Classic Invitational at the UCSD Cross Country Course on campus. The 6k women's race will begin at 9:00 a.m., with the men's 10k scheduled to follow at 9:50. Both of the day's races will start on RIMAC field and finish on the Triton track.
Results, Results, Results!
Results from Saturday's competition will be posted at ucsdtritons.com immediately following the conclusion of the men's race. Real time results will also be available at www.flashwest.com or by clicking here.
Saturday's invitational field will feature teams from both the Division I and II levels. Among the participating schools on both sides will be Central Arizona, Fort Lewis, Western New Mexico and fellow California Collegiate Athletic Association members Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Monterey Bay. In addition, Cal State Bakersfield, Pacific, San Diego State, UC Irvine and CCAA schools Cal State L.A., Cal State San Bernardino and Sonoma State are scheduled to take part in the women's race.
Rank and File
UCSD enters this weekend's race ranked fifth in the West in the current USTFCCCA regional poll on the women's side, while the Triton men hold the region's No. 8 spot. The Tritons will have their sights set on Cal Poly Pomona in both races Saturday, as the Broncos currently rank fourth and fifth in the West in the women's and men's polls, respectively. The Triton women cracked the USTFCCCA national rankings for the first time since the 2009 campaign last week at No. 23, but then dropped out of the top 25 after the off week.
Last Time Out
UCSD is coming off a strong showing in its last competition as both squads ran well at the Runners Soul Erik Anderson Invitational on September 24 in Spokane, Wash. The Tritons finished fifth out of 26 teams in the women's 6k, while the men placed seventh in the 25-team 8k field. UCSD was second among Division II squads in the final women's standings, finishing in front of regional opponents Seattle Pacific (eighth place), Alaska Fairbanks (12th) and Western Oregon (14th). The Triton men finished behind three teams that were ranked ahead of them in the West at the time in Western Washington (fourth place), Western Oregon (fifth) and Northwest Nazarene (sixth). For a complete recap of the Erik Anderson Invite, click here.
Sophomore Chia Chang had another big day for the Tritons at the Erik Anderson Invitational, finishing 10th overall on the 6k Plantes Ferry Regional Park course. The Yorba Linda native clocked in at 21:58.3, which was just over a minute behind individual winner, Ruby Roberts of D-I Washington State (20:53.8). Chang, who has paced UCSD in all three of her races this season, claimed an individual victory in the team's season opener with a 2.5-mile time of 15:12.9 on her home course.
Take Me To Your Leader
Junior Matt Lenehan came through with a strong performance for UCSD on the men's side in Spokane, finishing 29th overall in the collegiate 8k at the Erik Anderson Invitational. The San Diego native posted a final time of 25:31.1, becoming the Tritons' top individual finisher for the second time this season. He also fared well on the UCSD course earlier this season, finishing fourth overall with a four-mile time of 22:01.3 on September 2.
Both groups performed well at the Triton Classic in 2010, as head coach Nate Garcia led his team to a pair of top four finishes on its home course. UCSD finished second out of five teams in the men's competition, with senior Jesse Morrill (32:10.3, third) leading four Tritons in the top 10 to pave the way. Matt Lenehan (33:27.8), Kellen Levy (33:36.1) and Mario Flores (33:40.8) also put together strong runs, finishing seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively. UCSD took fourth out of 13 teams on the women's side, as Aaryn Kobayashi placed 12th overall (23:37.9), Jackie Sikkema (23:42.3) finished 14th and Chia Chang (23:52.9) took 20th.
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