CROSS COUNTRY SEASON PREVIEW: KEY RETURNERS
Fay was the men's No. 3 runner for the NCAA West Regional and had one top finish for the Bruins.
Rising redshirt senior
Goldring is one of only two seniors on the women's team for next season. She finished as the Bruins' top runner in five of the six events she raced in last season.
The UCLA men’s and women’s cross country teams started and ended their seasons on similar notes.
Both started the season strong, with the men finishing first in their first two events and the women second in theirs.
However, through the bulk of the season, both teams had experiences on opposite ends of the spectrum.
As the season progressed the men stayed consistent, never finishing lower than 14th, while the women experienced finishes anywhere from 43rd to second leading into the postseason.
In the NCAA West Regional, the two teams finished similarly again, but unlike the beginning of the season, the Bruins weren’t standing atop the event podiums.
Two top-25 finishes were not enough to advance the men to the NCAA Championship.
Likewise, the women were unable to secure a berth in the NCAA Championship as their top runner, rising redshirt senior Katja Goldring, finished 44th in the regional.
Although both teams were not in the running as long as they would have hoped last season, there’s reason to believe they can go the distance this fall.
The top men’s runner is gone, but talent remains with rising juniors Nohe Lema and Dustin Fay, both of whom were often among the team’s top finishers last season.
The women return nearly their entire 2011 roster.
Both teams will have an opportunity to rid themselves of the bad taste they finished last season with when they travel to Reno, Nev. for their first race, the Nevada Chase ““ the same event both started strong in last year.
Compiled by Steven Covella, Bruin Sports senior staff.