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Freshman Ella Verhees is coming off a 27th-place finish at the CCAA Championships.
Cross Country Travels to Spokane for NCAA West Regionals
Release: Thursday 11/07/2013 

Saturday, Nov. 9
2013 NCAA Division II West Region Championships
Spokane, Wash. • Plantes Ferry Sports Complex
Meet ProgramResults
Forecast: Cloudy, 46 degrees with a low of 38 degrees, winds at four mph ESE

Women • 10:30 a.m.
Men • 11:30 a.m.

The women will run a 6k course and the men will go 10k.

Each team will run seven athletes, with the top-five finishers comprising the final score for each team. The final two crossing the line for each squad may displace scoring runners for other teams.

UCSD must finish inside the top five to advance to the National Championship held on Saturday, Nov. 23 in Spokane, Wash. The top three individuals not on a qualifying team may also advance to the finals.

Plantes Ferry Sports Complex, located in Spokane Valley, is made up of an 80-acre park that contains five softball fields, 12 soccer fields and many hiking trails. The complex has hosted the 2006 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships, the 2010 USA Cross Country National Championships and the 2011 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships. The spectator and competitor friendly course is labeled as a fast yet challenging trail. The course is 99 percent grass or dirt and has an elevation of 1,800 feet. An aerial view of the course can be found by clicking here and visiting pages 11 and 12.

The race will feature Academy of Art, No. 4 Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Fairbanks, BYU-Hawaii, California Baptist, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State East Bay, Cal State L.A., Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal State San Bernardino, No. 24 Cal State Stanislaus, Central Washington, Chaminade, No. 5 Chico State, Hawaii Pacific, Humboldt State, Montana State Billings, Northwest Nazarene, Saint Martin’s, San Francisco State, Seattle Pacific, No. 6 Simon Fraser, Sonoma State, Western Oregon and Western Washington.
The meet will feature Academy of Art, No. 9 Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Fairbanks, BYU-Hawaii, California Baptist, No. 21 Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal State Stanislaus, Central Washington, Chaminade, No. 4 Chico State, Dominican, Hawaii Pacific, Humboldt State, Montana State Billings, Northwest Nazarene, Saint Martin’s, San Francisco State, Seattle Pacific, Simon Fraser, Western Oregon, No. 16 Western Washington.

On the women’s side, head coach Nate Garcia will send junior Alia Bales, sophomore Chandler Colquitt, senior Ximena Cruz, sophomore Marie Diaz, freshman Madison Hills, sophomore Paige Hughes, junior Michelle Le Roux, junior Madison Tanner and freshman Ella Verhees. Garcia’s men squad consists of sophomore Scott Acton, sophomore Tareq Alwafai, junior Tanner Collins, Senior Mario Flores, sophomore Daniel Franz, junior Daniel Hauptman, senior Matt Lenehan and senior Kellen Levy.

UCSD’s last race in Spokane at the Plantes Ferry was the 2011 NCAA West Regionals. The women placed eighth out of 24 teams, while the men placed ninth out of 17 squads. Le Roux (22:28) and Bales (23:40) placed 29th and 72nd, respectively, in the 2011 race for the women and are the two returners competing in 2013. Chia Chang holds the UCSD course record at 21:46, ran in 2011 to earn All-West Region accolades. Lenehan and Levy powered the men in 2011, coming across the finish line in 39th and 41st. Lenehan finished with a mark of 32:37, the best all-time mark from a UCSD runner, and Levy came across the finish line at 32:41.

Last seasons regional was held in Kahuku, Hawaii at the Kahuku Golf Course. The Tritons placed 10th on the men’s side and finished 12th on the women’s side. Levy was the top finisher for the UCSD men with a time of 34:00 in 39th overall. UCSD also placed returners Alwafai (39th), Franz (49th), and Acton (68th) in the 10k race. The women’s team was led by Diaz in 68th and Le Roux in 117th as the returners in 2013. Chico State grabbed a regional sweep, winning both the men and women’s meet for the first time since 2008. UCSD was last represented in the NCAA Division II Championships in 2008 by individual runners Bre Scholfield and Jake LeVieux. Scholfield finished in 22nd place and earned All-America honors for her mark, while LeVieux came across the finish line in 92nd overall in Slipper Rock, PA. The last time either team made the NCAA Championships was in 2007 in Joplin, Mo. The Triton women posted an 11th-place finish and the men placed 20th overall.

UCSD competed in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships on Oct. 26 and placed third in the men’s 8k race and fourth in the women’s 6k meet. Two Triton men earned all-conference honors in the race, as Levy placed 11th with a time of 25:15.8 and Lenehan followed in 12th with a time of 25:17. The women’s squad was powered by Hughes in 16th and was followed by Colquitt in 22nd to finish with a time of 22:56.1. Chico State earned a conference sweep by winning both races.

The UCSD men’s squad is receiving votes in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll. The Tritons are one of three CCAA schools in the rankings, as Chico State is tabbed at No. 4 and Cal Poly Pomona is ranked No. 21. In the USTFCCCA regional polls, the men currently sit at No. 5 while the women grasp the No. 6 ranking in the West.

This season's rosters feature many student-athletes from the San Diego area. The men's list includes Carlos Bojorquez (San Diego/Kearny HS), Brendan Gee (Rancho Bernardo/Rancho Bernardo HS), Mike Kloha (San Diego/Westview HS) and Matt Lenehan (San Diego/Torrey Pines HS). Women hailing from San Diego County include Raelene Dearmas (Chula Vista/Bonita Vista Senior HS), Isabella Gallo (San Diego/Westview HS), Paige Hughes (San Diego/Valhalla HS), Michelle Le Roux (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS), Ella Verhees (San Diego/Point Loma HS) and Amanda Weber (San Diego/Westview HS).

Five Tritons earned captain roles this season, including juniors Alia Bales and Anneke Kakebeen and senior Ximena Cruz on the women's side, as well as seniors Mario Flores and Kellen Levy for the men.

UCSD spent 10 days in the Mammoth Lakes region for a high-altitude training camp at the start of 2013. Click here to view a photo gallery from the trip. The Tritons also took Mission Beach by storm at the Row for the Cure event, check out the pictures here. Finally, you can’t have Halloween without the UCSD cross country teams. Check out their photos of their service project and costume design video by clicking here.

Former Triton student-athlete Nate Garcia is in his seventh season as head coach of the UCSD cross country program. He took over the reins in 2007 after spending five seasons as an assistant coach. Garcia was a four-year letterwinner in cross country and track at UCSD from 1996-2000. He earned numerous athletic and academic honors, including All-Academic District VIII and CCAA All-Academic accolades in 2000-01.

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The NCAA Division II National Championships will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23 in Spokane, Wash. The Tritons need to finish in the top five as a team to qualify for the race. The top three individual runners from a non-qualifying team can also advance to the championships at Plantes Ferry Sports Complex.


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