Friday, November 16

UCLA cross country got its first taste of competition Saturday in Flagstaff, Arizona. They have been training at high altitude for several weeks and will continue to do so until Sept. 13, when they return to Westwood. (Daily Bruin File Photo)

Men’s cross country finishes second, women’s takes third in meet

UCLA cross country had its first taste of competition nearly 7,000 feet above sea level Saturday. The George Kyte Classic in Flagstaff, Arizona, was the first of five meets the cross country team will take part in this season, but only four other teams were present. Read more...

Photo: UCLA cross country got its first taste of competition Saturday in Flagstaff, Arizona. They have been training at high altitude for several weeks and will continue to do so until Sept. 13, when they return to Westwood. (Daily Bruin File Photo)

UCLA cross country got its first taste of competition Saturday in Flagstaff, Arizona. They have been training at high altitude for several weeks and will continue to do so until Sept. 13, when they return to Westwood. (Daily Bruin File Photo)

The newest members of UCLA cross country for 2017 will be two new coaches who will lead the men's and women's team alongside the new director, Avery Anderson. (UCLA Athletics)

UCLA cross country adds men’s, women’s coaches, welcomes new director

​UCLA cross country recently went through some major changes, many of which come in the form of a newly minted coaching staff. Former coach Forest Braden was in charge of all 38 runners last year when he headed the cross country team, but in 2017 the team will be split between men and women with assistant coaches Devin Elizondo and Jennifer DeRego in charge of each team, respectively. Read more...

Photo: The newest members of UCLA cross country for 2017 will be two new coaches who will lead the men's and women's team alongside the new director, Avery Anderson. (UCLA Athletics)

The newest members of UCLA cross country for 2017 will be two new coaches who will lead the men's and women's team alongside the new director, Avery Anderson. (UCLA Athletics)

Senior Ferdinand Edman put a capper on his last cross country season by finishing first for the Bruins and 14th overall at the NCAA championship. The men's team took 15th place out of the 31 teams in Indiana. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Men’s, women’s cross country finish 15th, 28th at NCAA championship

The UCLA cross country team ran its final miles of the season under frigid conditions in Terre Haute, Indiana, at the NCAA championship Saturday. With temperatures just hovering over the freezing mark, the men’s team finished 15th, coming behind fellow Pac-12 teams Stanford, Colorado, Oregon and Washington State. Read more...

Photo: Senior Ferdinand Edman put a capper on his last cross country season by finishing first for the Bruins and 14th overall at the NCAA championship. The men's team took 15th place out of the 31 teams in Indiana. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Senior Ferdinand Edman put a capper on his last cross country season by finishing first for the Bruins and 14th overall at the NCAA championship. The men's team took 15th place out of the 31 teams in Indiana. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Redshirt senior Austin O'Neil will make his second cross country national championship appearance this weekend. The men's team is ranked 10th in the nation, an 18-spot improvement over this time last year. (Daily Bruin file photo)

UCLA cross country teams race for first NCAA championship titles

Both the UCLA men’s and women’s cross country teams are headed to the national championships for just the second time since 1985. The race will be held at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course for the eighth time in the past 10 years Saturday morning, in what’s projected to be 46-degree weather – a stark difference from the balmy 70s of the regional championships. Read more...

Photo: Redshirt senior Austin O'Neil will make his second cross country national championship appearance this weekend. The men's team is ranked 10th in the nation, an 18-spot improvement over this time last year. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Redshirt senior Austin O'Neil will make his second cross country national championship appearance this weekend. The men's team is ranked 10th in the nation, an 18-spot improvement over this time last year. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Sophomore Julia Rizk and the women's cross country team finished in sixth place at Friday's NCAA West Regional, qualifying for the national championship meet this upcoming weekend after missing the big dance last year. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Women’s, men’s cross country teams qualify for national championship

It’s been quite a season for the UCLA cross country teams. The men’s team has four All-Conference runners, and in the rankings – new ones will come out tomorrow – the men’s team comes at No. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore Julia Rizk and the women's cross country team finished in sixth place at Friday's NCAA West Regional, qualifying for the national championship meet this upcoming weekend after missing the big dance last year. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Sophomore Julia Rizk and the women's cross country team finished in sixth place at Friday's NCAA West Regional, qualifying for the national championship meet this upcoming weekend after missing the big dance last year. (Keila Mayberry/Daily Bruin staff)

Senior Daniel De La Torre and the UCLA men's cross country team is headed to Sacramento this weekend to compete in the NCAA West Regional. The team is ranked second in the region, and eighth in the nation. (Daily Bruin file photo)

UCLA cross country teams enter NCAA regionals with optimism

Coming off the Pac-12 championships, coach Forest Braden had a lot to be hopeful for in the to-come NCAA rounds. The men’s team finished third at the Pac-12 championships and the women came in seventh, an improvement for both teams from last year, and the best total score for the men’s team since 1982. Read more...

Photo: Senior Daniel De La Torre and the UCLA men's cross country team is headed to Sacramento this weekend to compete in the NCAA West Regional. The team is ranked second in the region, and eighth in the nation. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Senior Daniel De La Torre and the UCLA men's cross country team is headed to Sacramento this weekend to compete in the NCAA West Regional. The team is ranked second in the region, and eighth in the nation. (Daily Bruin file photo)

Sophomore Julia Rizk and the women's cross country team took seventh place at the Pac-12 championships, a two-place improvement over last year's finish. (Kelly Ma/Daily Bruin)

Cross country teams show improvement from 2015 in Pac-12 championships

The temperature reached over 90 degrees after the UCLA cross-country team hit the trails early Friday morning. The men’s team came into the Pac-12 championships ranked 10th in the nation and left Tucson with a third-place conference finish, the best point total for the team since 1982. Read more...

Photo: Sophomore Julia Rizk and the women's cross country team took seventh place at the Pac-12 championships, a two-place improvement over last year's finish. (Kelly Ma/Daily Bruin)

Sophomore Julia Rizk and the women's cross country team took seventh place at the Pac-12 championships, a two-place improvement over last year's finish. (Kelly Ma/Daily Bruin)


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