College Roundup

UCI runners sweep at Pomona

Men’s and women’s cross country teams win titles at Pomona-Pitzer Invitational. Nelson first place in men’s race for the Anteaters.

October 03, 2009

CLAREMONT — The UC Irvine men’s and women’s cross country teams each won the titles at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational Saturday.

UCI’s men had five runners finish in the top nine spots, led by sophomore Rex Nelson, a former Newport Harbor High standout who won the 8,000-meter race in 25 minutes, 32.37 seconds.

Brett Matejka was fourth (25:45.49), Sam Hyams fifth (25:59.33), Victor Bonilla seventh (26:06.53) and Barrett Tilley ninth (26:09.69) in the 110-runner field. Austin Williams in 11th place (26:20.84) and Eric Hansen in 12th (26:29.39) rounded out the ’Eaters’ top seven.


UCI finished with 24 points in the 11-team race, Pomona-Pitzer was second with 52 and Occidental College third with 115.

The Anteater women’s team, with five runners in the first eight, won the 10-team competition with 25 points. Occidental was second with 68 and UC Santa Cruz third with 94.

Mikayla Murphy of UC Santa Cruz was the individual winner with a time of 22:41.05 over 6,000 meters.

UCI’s Melissa Mead placed second in 22:51.19, Chloe Fata was fourth (23:18.01), Shelby Pock fifth (23:19.80), Nicole Mendoza sixth (23:33.19) and Courtney Wilson eighth (23:44.55) in the 117-runner field. Completing UCI’s top seven were Shelley Foerster in 12th place (23:58.37) and Maggie Newton-Neal in 16th (24:19.61).

Both Anteater teams return to action Saturday in the UCSD Triton Classic at La Jolla.


UC Irvine def. UC Davis

IRVINE — Junior outside hitter Kari Pestolesi recorded 21 kills and 15 digs to help lead the No. 24-ranked Anteaters to a 22-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-19 Big West Conference win Saturday.

Junior outside hitter Juliane Piggott, a Corona del Mar High product, and junior Larissa Nordyke added 10 kills each. Senior setter Taryn Robertson amassed 45 assists, 11 digs and four kills for UCI (13-3, 3-1 in conference).

Freshman Kristin Winkler led all players with 18 digs and sophomore Alexandra Hauser recorded the match-high in blocks with five while putting away seven kills for the Anteaters.

Allison Whitson led UC Davis (12-6, 3-1) with 17 kills.

UCI visits Cal State Northridge Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Vanguard def. Westmont

COSTA MESA — Senior Heather DeJongh had 14 kills to help lead the No. 25-ranked Lions to a 25-20, 25-23, 25-19 Golden State Athletic Conference win Saturday.

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