UCSD Student Athletes Running Along the Best

The UCSD Men’s team finished their 10k race in 10th place with a team score of 266, while the women finished their 6k race in 12th place with a team score of 384.

Junior Kellen Levy led the UCSD men’s team with a time of 34:01 for 39th place. Behind Levy were freshmen Tareq Alwafel, who clocked in at 34:10 to place 46th, Daniel Franz with a time of 34:17 to place 49th, Scott Acton in 68th place with a time of 34:53 and Eddie Carrillo, who placed 79th with a time of 35:12.

Chico State, ranked third in the nation, won the title with a team score of 38, placing three runners in the top five slots and all their remaining runners placing in the top 20. Alaska Anchorage, hoping to win a third straight regional title, finished second with a cumulative score of 46. Western Washington, San Francisco State and Humboldt State teams placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively, to advance to the NCAA Championships with Chico State and Alaska Anchorage.

In the women’s 6k race, junior Chia Chang led the Tritons with a time of 22:48 to place 30th. In 68th place, UCSD freshman Marie Diaz came in with a time of 23:37, while freshman Carolina Guzman finished with a time of 24:09 to place 84th. Senior Elena Inouye followed in 95th place with a time of 24:30 and sophomore Michelle Le Roux clocked in at 25:04 to finish in 117th place, allowing the UCSD team to place 12th out of 25 teams.

The Chico State women also won their race with a team score of 51 to beat Sonoma State with 56 points as well as preventing Alaska Anchorage from obtaining a fourth consecutive regional title.

While UCSD will not be in attendance this year, the 2012 NCAA Championships will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17th at Missouri Southern State in Joplin, Missouri.

The Tritons will graduate senior Elena Inouye from the women’s cross country team, while all the runners from the men’s team will be continuing at UCSD, allowing for a strong roster in next year’s competitive season.

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