Cross country hosts Triton Invitational

    The UCSD men’s and women’s cross country teams hosted the Triton Invitational on Oct. 13 at UCSD’s North Campus Course.

    Cross country head coach Ted Van Arsdale rested his top runners for the men’s and women’s teams, but the Tritons still impressed the field of over 170 runners.

    Mesa College’s Sean Ricketts was the overall winner, finishing the 8,000-meter course in 25:53.

    UCSD junior Jon Wong ran a 27:56 to finish 35th overall and first for the Tritons. Sophomore Erik Wackenstedt finished right behind Wong at 36th with a time of 27:50. Junior Steve Smith placed 43rd, running the course in 28:12, while freshman Luke Sigmon rounded out the top four finishing Tritons by placing 46th with a time of 28:29.

    Freshman Michael Daly, sophomore Richey Hansen, sophomore Mike Lord, sophomore Adam Miller and freshman Bryan Burnley also placed for UCSD’s men’s team.

    The Men of Troy, a club team, won the team competition. UCSD finished sixth out of 16 teams.

    On the women’s side, Emma Garrard of the University of Nevada won the 6,000-meter race with a time of 22:24. She also led her team to first place in the team competition.

    For the Tritons, freshman Julie Lee was the top finisher, placing 73rd with a time of 26:09. Sophomore Jessica Bray was the next to finish for UCSD, running the course in 26:16 to place 79th. Senior Grace Sousa rounded out the top three Tritons with a time of 26:25 and finished 83rd.

    The Tritons will host the California Collegiate Athletic Association championship meet next Saturday.

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