The Cross Country Pac-10 Championships for both men and women are scheduled to take place Oct. 30 in Long Beach, and both UCLA and USC have a lot of competition ahead of them. The Bruins’ men’s team is ranked 10th in the West Region, while the women are ninth. USC doesn’t have a men’s program, so only the women’s group will make an appearance; they are ranked 14th regionally.
Junior Zsofia Erdelyi, who recently placed third at CSUN’s Invitational, will lead the Trojan unit. For the Bruins, junior Shannon Murakami is the group’s top runner, and she will be looking to place in the top five.
On the other side for UCLA, senior Marlon Patterson is the leader of the men’s team. Patterson is coming off a top finish at the Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind.
Oregon has the most balanced squads, as they are both ranked No. 2 in the West Region. For the men, Stanford is ranked No. 1 overall nationally, while Oregon is No. 2. Washington holds the No. 1 ranking for the women, while Oregon is No. 8 in the country.
All stats as of October 20.