Anthony Monroy
Anthony Monroy
Year: Junior
Hometown: Burbank, Calif.
High School: Burroughs HS
Position: Distance

Anthony Monroy eased into his freshman cross country season as the No. 8 runner on a talented veteran roster. He finished the season as the UCSB No. 5 scorer and 15th placer overall at the Big West Championships. He carried that momentum into the spring and delivered a performance beyond his years, taking 5th in the 10,000m and 6th in the 5,000m at the Big West Championships. Look for him to lower his 10,000m PR of 30:17.48 and take a shot and breaking into the UCSB all-time list and challenge for an NCAA qualifying bid. 

Ran in ten races for the Gauchos in his debut track season. Competed in the 1,500m, 3,000m, 5,000m and in the 10,000m for the Gauchos, showing a wide range of ability in the distance events. Had a break out performance at the UCR Spring Break Invite, running 8:34.45 in the 3,000m and placing fourth overall. His next race was a 5,000m performance at the Cal-Nevada Championships where he ran 14:41.59 in the first time he contested a 5k on a track. In late season speed tune-up work, he fired off a 3:56.97 1,500m at the Bryan Clay Invitational. At the Cal Poly Dual Meet he entered in the 3,000m and lowered his PR to 8:27.80, an indication his speed and strength were in place going into the Big West Championship. At the Big West meet he delivered like a veteran, placing 6th in 5,000m (14:58.40) and 5th in the 10,000m (30:17.48), a performance beyond his years. 

2013 Cross Country
Competed in four competitions for the Gauchos. Made his UCSB debut at the Sac State Inter-Regional Jamboree, clipping off an 8k time of 25:15.1, running in the No. 8 spot. Turned some heads at the Santa Clara Invite in his second competition, covering the 8k course in 24:47.0, taking 32nd in a talented field and running in No. 6. But it was his third race that really turned the attention to the Gaucho freshman harrier. In just his third competition, Monroy placed 15th overall at the Big West Cross Country Championships and secured the fifth scoring spot for the Gauchos. He was the third freshman to break the tape in the championship. Finished the season with a 10,000m performance of 31:33.9 at the NCAA West Regional, taking 80th overall.  

Monroy attended Burroughs High School in Burbank, CA where he starred in cross country and track and field. He qualified for the CIF State Cross Country meet in 2010 and 2011.  As a junior he placed 15th at the CIF State Championships in cross country in a 5,000m PR of 15:22. As a senior he won the Blue Division at the Mt. Sac Relays, covering the challenging course in 15:13. As a junior he shredded the course at Mt. Sac in a time of 14:45, recording the 8th fastest time overall. On the track, Monroy found success in the 1600m as a junior, running a personal best 4:15.10 at the Maurice Green Invite before stepping up to the 3,200m as a senior. He raced his way to the CIF-Finals in the 3,200m in 2012 and established a personal best on the way, clipping a 9:14.20 at the Arcadia Invitational. High school coach was John Peebles. 

Parents are Eduardo and Dinora Monroy...Has one sibling, Valerie (17)...Majoring in Biological Sciences...Aspires to become a Physical Therapist or a Friefighter Paramedic...Was awarded the Mike Torrez Athlete of the Year Award at Burroughs High School...Likes playing ultimate friebee and volunteering at the local hospital back in Burbank...Favorite book is Stephen King's The Stand...Personal hereos are his parents...Favorite aspect of collegiate running is the "competitive spirit and determination" of his teammates. 

Collegiate Bests
1,500m- 3:56.97 (2014 Bryan Clay Invitational)
5,000m- 14:41.59 (2014 Cal-Nevada Championships)
10,000m- 30:17.48 (2014 Big West Championships)

Big West Championships
2014- 5,000m, 6th, 14:58.40
2014- 10,000m, 5th, 30:17.48

Big West Championships (Cross Country)
2013- 8k, 15th, 26:26.7 

NCAA West Regional (Cross Country)
2013- 10k, 80th, 31:33.9