LOS ANGELES- UCLA Cross Country will split its team to compete in two invites on Saturday, October 15. The Bruins will compete in the pre-national meet, the Weis-Crockett Invitational, in Stillwater, Okla., hosted by Oklahoma State University, and a second batch of UCLA runners will be in the Highlander Invitational hosted by UC Riverside Saturday morning.
Weis-Crockett Invitation Information
The men will run an 8,000m course at 8:30 a.m. CT, followed by the women’s 6,000m at 9:20 a.m. CT on Saturday. The invite will be held at the Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course. A map of the 8,000 meter course can be found here, and the 6,000 meter course can be found here.
Live race results are available online here. The results will also be posted on uclabruins.com at the end of the competition.
Competing teams: Abilene Christian, Arkansas (Men: #21), Butler, Cal Baptist (Women: #19, Men: #29), Charleston Southern, DePaul, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Liberty, Little Rock, Missouri, Montana State (Men: #25), Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State (Women: #3, Men: #4), Oral Roberts, Pittsburgh, Portland State, Purdue, South Dakota State, South of Utah, St. Louis, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, Washington State, Weber State, Wyoming, Yale
Highlander Invitation Information
The men’s 8,000-meter race begins at 8:00 a.m. PT and will be immediately followed by the women’s 6,000-meter invitational race at 8:40 a.m. PT. The invite will take place on the UC Riverside Farming Course. Maps of the 8,000 meter and 6,000 meter courses can be found here.
Results will be available online at www.finishedresults.com or on the Finished Results app for iPhone or Android. The final standings will also be posted on uclabruins.com at the end of the competition.
Last outing – Bill Dellinger Invitational
The Bruins finished third in the men’s competition with 63 points, trailing second-placed Portland by just one point in the final standings. Three Bruins finished in the top nine runners – Pierre Herold (5th, 23:49.8), Ronan McMahon Staggs (8th, 23:54.5) and Michel Mireles (9th, 23:54.9). The men moved up to seventh in the West Region standings from 14th place. The UCLA men are now ranked 8th in the region after going the past two weekends without competition.
The UCLA women’s cross country team faced a tough competitive field, finishing in seventh place in the Oregon competition. Paced by senior Emma Tavela (12th, 20:30.4), the Bruins had two runners who finished in the top-25 (Mia Kane24, 20:59.1).
2021 Florida State Invitational / Pre-Nationals
The women’s team finished 25th at the 2021 Pree-Nationals meet in Tallahassee, Fla., in a talented opposition field. Gwyne George crossed as the team’s first runner on the 6 km course at Appalachian Regional Park, finishing 106th overall in a time of 21:16.2. Emma Tavela was just behind in 110th place, finishing with a time of 21:18.3 for the 6km.
Pierre Herold paved the way for Bruin’s men en route to a 27th-place finish. Herold ran an 8k time of 23:59.6 for a 67th-place finish. Darius Riley closely followed in 69th place, cruising with a time of 24:00.8.
2021 Highlander Invite
Bruin’s men finished fourth overall and the women’s team had strong placings from each of its four riders at last year’s Highlander Invitational.
Jake Parker stuck in the lead pack throughout the 8km competition, crossing in 13th place with a time of 24:22.9. Marcus Mota followed close behind in 21st place, clocking 24:34.1 as the team’s second runner. Patrick Curulla (24:49.3) and William Frankenfeld (24:51.4) went 36-39, respectively, while Anthony Pierre crossed in 59th with a time of 25:09.2 to complete the Bruins’ score at five.
The UCLA women only fit four runners in the 6k and therefore did not record a team placement as at least five runners are required to earn a team score. The team earned four top-40 finishes that day, led by by Mia Kane 15th place (21:08.6). The four runners slipped away under 10:00 p.m. for the 6 km course at Riverside.
Notes on the Bruins
- UCLA had 12 runners making PR at the Dellinger Invitational on Sept. 23.
- Senior Emma Tavela crossed the finish line as UCLA’s top runner in her second straight meeting for the Bruins, leading the women’s team to both the UCSD Dual Meet and the Dellinger Invitational.
- Junior red shirt Pierre Herold returned as UCLA’s top finisher after a strong 2021 campaign. Herold finished as the Bruins’ top runner in each of the four races he ran in his sophomore season.
2022 UCLA Cross Country Schedule
- Thursday, September 1 – UCSD Dual Meet (Mammoth Lakes, CA)
- Men: 1st (17 points)
- Women: 1st (18points)
- Friday, September 23 – Bill Dellinger Cross Country Invitational (Eugene, Oregon)
- Men: 3rd (63points)
- Women: 7th (138 points)
- Saturday October 15 – Weis-Crockett Invitational (Stillwater, Okla.)
- Saturday October 15 – Highlander Invitational (Riverside, CA)
- Friday, October 28 – Pac-12 Championships (Los Angeles, CA)
- Friday, November 11 – NCAA West Regional Championship (Seattle, Washington)
- Saturday November 19 – NCAA Championships (Stillwater, Okla.)