UCSD Earns Mixed Results at Triton Classic

    Senior Ryan Becijos helped lift the men’s team to a second-place finish with his time of 36:25.2 in the 10k run, good for 51st overall on Oct. 6. (Sanh Luong/Guardian)

    UCSD’s cross country
    team took center stage over the weekend at the 6-kilometer Triton Classic on
    Oct. 6. The annual competition yielded mixed results: The women’s team finished
    in fifth place out of 10 teams and the men came in second out of the eight
    competing schools.

    In the men’s race,
    junior Daniel Anderson led the way as the Triton’s top performer, finishing in
    seventh place with a time of 33 minutes, 50.5 seconds. Junior Kevin Klein and
    sophomore Jesse Morill also ran solid races, coming in 10th and 13th place,
    respectively. Klein finished his race with a time of 33:58.5, while Morill was
    clocked in at 34:06.1. Junior Timur Crone and sophomore Mike Wright were the
    next two UCSD runners to cross the line, with Crone placing 25th and Wright
    finishing 26th. Crone completed the race with a time of 34:45.4, with Wright
    coming right behind him at 34:46.8.

    UCLA’s Henry
    Hagenbuch won the men’s 6-kilometer race with a time of 32:43.1. Hagenbuch’s
    terrific race anchored a great Triton Classic for the Bruins, who dominated
    with five runners in the top six. The strong performance helped UCLA win the
    overall title with 19 points, a mark that easily cleared UCSD’s second place
    total of 74 points.

    The UCSD women’s
    cross country team was led by senior captain Emily McGregor, who finished the
    race in eighth place with a time of 22:53.2. Fellow senior Diane Dunn was the
    next Triton to finish, coming in 15th out of 119 runners and clocking in at
    23:17.6. The next three finishers from UCSD were junior Ashleigh Montgomery
    (25th, 23:51.7), sophomore Jordana Henderson (32nd, 24:09.6), and junior Dana
    Underwood (35th, 24:16.9).

    Zsofia Erdelyi of
    University of Southern California won the race, setting a new course record
    with a time of 21:50.4. Cal State Los Angeles was the best women’s team of the
    day, recording a total of 34 points. The Golden Eagles had runners finish
    second, third, seventh, eighth and 14th, which helped the school clear
    second-place University of Southern California by 36 points.

    UCSD cross country
    has a new boss in town, with Nate Garcia set to finish up his first year as the
    team’s head coach. Garcia isn’t short on credentials, though, having spent the
    last 10 years working beside recently retired coach Ted Van Arsdale. The UCSD
    alum has no shortage of enthusiasm as the team’s leader.

    “I am excited and
    honored to be named the head coach at my alma mater,” Garcia said after being
    hired on July 31. “I am looking forward to continuing the great tradition of
    excellence [Van Arsdale] helped to establish here at UC San Diego.”

    The cross country
    team is on hiatus this week, but must prepare for the most important part of
    its schedule in the coming weeks. The 2007 California Collegiate Athletic
    Association Championships are set to take place on Oct. 20 and will be hosted
    by Cal State Stanislaus in Turlock,
    The Triton men will try to
    improve on their third-place finish from a year ago in an attempt to dethrone Chico State,
    winner of the last five CCAA Men’s Cross Country Championships. The conference
    championship will set the stage for the NCAA West Regional on Nov. 3, followed
    by the national championships two weeks later. UCSD must finish in the top
    three of the CCAA championships in order to advance to the West Regional.

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