San Ramon, California - University of California San Diego men’s cross country sophomore Elijah Horwitz has been named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Runner of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday. It is Horwitz’s first-career runner of the week honor and the Tritons’ first this season.

Horwitz placed fourth overall at the University of San Diego Invitational on Sept. 15 at Tecolote Shores North Park at Mission Bay. The sophomore crossed the finish line of the men’s 8K in 26-minutes, 14-seconds.

A native of San Francisco, Horwitz has now finished first among Tritons in two-consecutive meets to begin the 2018 season. He also placed fifth overall (25:25.1) at the Mark Covert Classic on Sept. 1.

Currently ranked No. 7 in the West Region, the UC San Diego men’s team has finished second in each of its two meets this season.

The Tritons return to action at the Coyote Challenge hosted by Cal State San Bernardino this Saturday, Sept. 22, beginning at 8 a.m.

About UC San Diego AthleticsWith 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country.  The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference.  UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent.  A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships.  In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.