Freshman Bryan Guijarro Leads UCSB to 2nd-Place at Big West Championship Meet

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Freshman Bryan Guijarro ran a 24:22.5 8k to finish fifth at the Big West Men's Cross Country Championships, helping UC Santa Barbara to a second-place team finish on Saturday in Riverside, Calif. 

Guijarro led a group of three Gaucho runners who finished among the top-eight.  He was joined by seniors Jeremy Acosta (24:23.8) and Juan Paredes (24:29.3) who finished seventh and eighth respectively.  Another freshman, Anthony Ortolan, finished in 28:38.5 who placed 12th.

UCSB finished second in the meet to Cal Poly by a 25-48 margin.  UC Irvine (83), UC Davis (94) and Long Beach State (147) rounded out the top-five.

Guijarro was the top freshman finisher in a race that was run on UC Riverside's Ag/Ops Course.  He finished just 12.5 seconds off the winning time run by Cal Poly's Chris Frias.  In fact, Ortolan had the second fastest time of any freshman.

Seniors Baxter Frick and Bhavik Kanzaria gave the Gauchos a total of six runners in the top-20.  Frick ran 24:54.5 to finish 16th while Kanzaria clocked 25:14.9 to place 19th.  Two other UCSB freshmen also ran Saturday.  Abel Mogesse ran a 25:23.4 and finished 24th while Shyan Vaziri went 25:42.2 for 29th.  Sophomore Bryce Rausa just missed finishing among the top-30 at No. 31 with a time of 25:47.9.

UCSB is expected to return to action on Saturday, Nov. 9 when it travels to the NCAA West Regional in Seattle.