Tritons Strong at Regionals

    Last Friday at Prado Park in Chino, Calif., the UCSD cross country teams turned in strong group performances at the NCAA Division II Regionals.

    The Triton men secured an impressive fourth-place finish out of 13 teams, with an average time of 35:07.2 in the 10,000-meter course. The UC Davis team finished first with an average time of 33:23.4.

    The UCSD women’s team also placed well, earning eighth place out of 18 teams. Its runners had an average time of 25.20.9 in their 6,000-meter course, while the first place team, Central Washington, averaged a time of 23:47.8 en route to victory.

    Neither Triton squad had any individual place in the top 20. However several of their young runners ran well.

    Hosted by Cal Poly Pomona, the event featured teams from UC Davis, Cal State University Chico, Humboldt State, the University of Alaska-Anchorage, Western Washington University, Cal Poly, Hawaii-Pacific University, Central Washington University, St. Martin’s Abbey, Montana State University-Billings, Cal State University Los Angeles and San Francisco State for the men’s division.

    Men’s squad freshmen Julian Nathan and Neil Kalra had the fastest times with 34:48 and 35:21 to place 21st and 30th, respectively.

    On the women’s side, sophomore Audrey Sung and freshman Lillian Gardiner turned out the top performances for the Tritons, with their times of 24:17 and 24:58, earning them 24th and 43rd place, respectively.

    Central Washington, Davis, Cal State Chico, Seattle Pacific, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Stanislaus, Humboldt State, Sonoma State, Alaska-Anchorage, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Western Washington, Cal State Bakersfield, San Francisco State, Cal Poly, Cal State San Bernardino, St. Martin’s and Montana State-Billings competed in the women’s division.

    The men’s race had over 90 runners, while the women’s race featured over 120 runners.

    The regionals will wrap up on Monday, with the championship being held at 11 a.m. in Chino.

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