The UCSD cross country team was back in action for the California Collegiate Athletics Association Championships in San Bernardino this past Saturday. Coming off dominant first place finishes at the Annual Triton Classic, both the No. 13 men and No. 9 women took a slight step back, finishing in fourth among eight teams.
The men’s team finished with a total time of 2:11:20.90, only behind Chico State University (2:07:40.20), California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (2:08:23.30) and San Francisco State University (2:11:13.30).
Leading the way was senior Tanner Collins, finishing the eight-kilometer course in 10th out of 71 runners with a time of 25:48.7. Collins earned All-CCAA honors for his performance.
Junior Daniel Franz was the next Triton to cross the finish line with a time of 26:04.4, in 17th place, followed closely by fellow junior Tareq Alwafai in 24th,place with a time of 26:19.9. Juniors Carlos Bojorquez and Scott Acton rounded out the men’s squad, finishing in 26th and 31st, with times of 26:25.1 and 26:42.8, respectively.
On the women’s side, Triton junior Paige Hughes (22:49.7) and freshman Corinne Hinkle (22:49.8) finished in the top 10, crossing the finish line together to take seventh and eighth place. Hinkle was also named CCAA Newcomer of the Year.
Senior Madison Tanner was next for the Tritons as she finished in 27th with a time of 23:38.1. Fellow senior Michelle Le Roux (23:55.1) finished in 39th place while junior Marie Diaz (24:04.0) came in 44th place.
The final standings for the women’s side were similar to the men’s, with Chico State coming in first, followed by Cal Poly Pomona and Humboldt State.
The Tritons will now prepare for the NCAA West Regionals, which will take place on Nov. 22 at Montana State University Billings at Amend Park. The Tritons look to build on their performance from last year, where the men finished sixth and the women finished in 11th place.