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Photo by: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
Sophomore Karina Carstens took 46th place in last year's NCAA West Regionals.
Tritons Will Look to Punch Tickets to NCAA Championships at West Regionals Saturday
Release: Friday 11/04/2016 
by UCSD
THE SCHEDULE
NCAA West Regionals
Saturday, Nov. 5
Amend Park • Billings, MT
Men's 8k • 9 a.m. PT
Women's 6k • 10:15 a.m. PT
Forecast: 68 degrees H/42 degrees L. Wind: WSW 10 mph 
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The University of California San Diego men's and women's cross country teams will travel NCAA West Regionals, held at Amend Park in Billings, Mont., and try to earn an invitation the NCAA Championships on Sat., Nov. 19, in St. Leo, Fla. The top five men's teams and first six women's squads will receive a ticket to the national meet. 

THE COURSE
Site: Amend Park
Terrain: The course features mostly grass.
A Look From Above: Check out overview pictures of the men's 10k course by clicking here. For the women's 6k course, click here

HOW TO QUALIFY FOR NATIONALS
The top six teams on the women's side and first five men's teams will qualify for the NCAA Championships. Individually, any runner finishing in the top five will also receive a ticket for the national meet. Beyond that, the top three individuals not on qualifying teams will receive their invitation to the NCAA Championships. 

NATIONAL RANKING
The UCSD men are ranked 11th in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national poll. For full national rankings, click here.

THE FIELD
The field is made up of schools in the west region including five nationally ranked teams in No. 4 Chico State, No. 6 Alaska Anchorage, No. 9 Cal Poly Pomona, No. 11 UC San Diego and No. 16 California Baptist on the men's side. No. 7 Chico State, No. 9 California Baptist, No. 11 Alaska Anchorage, No. 18 Point Loma and No. 23 Cal Poly Pomona are schools that are nationally rated on the women's side.

Here is the full list of schools that are invited (does not necessarily mean all will compete) to the regional race:

Men’s 10k: Academy of Art, Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Fairbanks, Azusa Pacific, BYU-Hawaii, California Baptist, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State East Bay, Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal State Stanislaus, Central Washington, Chaminade, Chico State, Dixie State, Dominican, Hawaii Pacific, Holy Names, Humboldt State, MSU-Billings, Northwest Nazarene, Notre Dame de Namur, Saint Martin's, San Francisco State, Seattle Pacific, Simon Fraser, Sonoma State, UC San Diego, Western Oregon, Western Washington

Women’s 6k: Academy of Art, Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Fairbanks, Azusa Pacific, BYU-Hawaii, California Baptist, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State East Bay, Cal State LA, Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State Stanislaus, Central Washington, Chaminade, Chico State, Dixie State, Dominican, Hawaii Pacific, Hawaii-Hilo, Holy Names, Humboldt State, MSU-Billings, Northwest Nazarene, Notre Dame de Namur, Point Loma, Saint Martin's, San Francisco State, Seattle Pacific, Simon Fraser, Sonoma State, UC San Diego, Western Oregon, Western Washington

AT THE CCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Triton men took third at the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships on Oct. 22. UCSD collected 69 points, being narrowly edged out by Cal Poly Pomona who amassed 67 points. No. 4 Chico State won the CCAA title for the 15th straight year with 20 points. Seniors Tareq Alwafai and Brendan Gee, and sophomore Aren Johnson received All-CCAA honors by placing in the top 15. 

The Triton women finished fourth with 124 points, behind Chico State, Cal Poly Pomona and Stanislaus State. Karina Carstens earned her second straight All-CCAA award after placing 15th individually. 

HEAD COACH NATE GARCIA
Former Triton student-athlete Nate Garcia is in his 10th 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.

LOCAL REPRESENTATION
This season's rosters feature many student-athletes from the San Diego area. The men's list includes Nick Famolaro (San Diego/West Hills HS), Aren Johnson (San Diego/Army Navy Academy), Brendan Gee (Rancho Bernardo/Rancho Bernardo HS) and Burak Tufekci (San Diego/Rancho Bernardo HS). Women hailing from San Diego County include Raélene deArmas (Chula Vista/Bonita Vista Senior HS), Alexandra Hernandez (El Cajon/Granite Hills HS), Christa Kloha (San Diego/Westview HS), Kristin Semancsin (San Diego/Valhalla HS) and Ella Verhees (San Diego/Point Loma HS).

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UP NEXT
Should the Tritons or any individuals qualify, they will have two weeks off before traveling to St. Leo, Fla. for their final race of the season at the NCAA Championships on Saturday, Nov. 19. 

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