Springfield, Oregon- UCLA’s cross country team wrapped up competition at the 2022 Bill Dellinger Invitational early Friday afternoon. Six of the Bruins’ eight runners on the men’s side established PR in the race, placing third (63 points) behind Oregon (39) and Portland (62). The women had seven established PR runners out of the eight competing in the meet, and the Bruins finished seventh in the invite.
“The guys ran exactly where we needed them,” the assistant coach said Sean Brosnan. “The overall goal is November when we get to the conference championships and regionals, so we’re looking forward to that. Today we were able to knock down and compete against a lot of teams in the region – you know, we were seeded 14th in the region at the start of the season, Portland is ahead of us by one point and ranks 15the in the country, so it’s a good performance from our guys going forward.”
“It was a close encounter between all the teams on the women’s side, with close competition from top to bottom,” continued Brosnan. “Again, we look to November, and we have a lot of people we left at home who will be goalscorers in these post-season fixtures. We’re looking forward to some good things to come.”
Junior red shirt Pierre Herold paced the Bruins and finished the 8k course in a personal best 23:49.8 to secure fifth place in the race. junior Ronan McMahon Staggs (23:54.5) and Michel Mireles (23:54.9) posted an excellent race from the peloton and finished eighth and ninth respectively overall. First-year student Andre Martinez set a new personal best on his first 8k with the Bruins, completing the course in 24:26.2 to place 26th on the day. Second year Jake Parker (24:27.6) rounded out the UCLA runners with a 28th-place finish.
junior Patrick Curulla (24:36.6) and Dylan Wilbour (24:44.5) set career best times in the race and finished in the top 50 runners.
Senior Emma Tavela led the way for the Bruins for the second straight week, crossing the finish line in the 6k race in 20:30.4 to set a personal best. Tavella finished 12th as UCLA’s top scorer in a field of 74 competitors. Second year Mia Kane (20:59.1) was close behind as the Bruins’ second goalscorer, setting a PR early Friday afternoon. First-year student Bella Browne set a personal best by completing the 6km in 21:26.5. Seniors Gwyne George (21:32.5) and Sophie Hoelzel (21:34.8) were the remaining Bruins who scored for UCLA in the competition, finishing 39th and 41st respectively. Junior Kate Tugman (21:36.6) was last Bruin in the top 50 runners, coming in at No. 42. Junior Ashley Johnson (22:00.1) and second year Anna Weirich (22:06.4) also set personal bests in the Oregon meet.
Notes on the Bruins
- Tavella 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.
- Herold returned as UCLA’s top finisher after a strong 2021 campaign. The redshirt junior was the Bruins’ top runner in each of the four runs 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.)