Men 10th at Pre-Nationals, Guijarro and Ortolan Deliver Sub-24 Minute Gems

Men 10th at Pre-Nationals, Guijarro and Ortolan Deliver Sub-24 Minute Gems

Louisville, KY - The UCSB men's cross country team was back at full strength Saturday, October 17th, for the NCAA Pre-National race. With the addition of the reigning Big West Cross Country Champion, Bryan Guijarro, back into the line-up, the Gauchos put their experience on display by defeating three teams ranked in the top-30 and placing 10th overall in a loaded 42 team field.

The UCSB women again showed their ability to race as a team, finishing their top-five runners within 20 seconds to place 15th in a field of 35. In a coming of age, UCSB sophomore Jenna Hinkle took the No. 1 spot for the first time in her young career. 

This was the second time this season the Gauchos have placed their 1-5 runners within 20 seconds. (Riverside Invitational- 19 seconds) 

The Pre-National race was set up to allow teams an early glimpse of the NCAA Championship course and to let teams garner "at-large" points for qualifying purposes. 

Initially scheduled to race in the unseeded section, UCSB Head Coach Pete Dolan had to do some convincing to get his men into the main section. Returning four of the five men who helped UCSB capture last years Big West Championship, including three of the top-five individual placers, was all it took for Dolan to show his team was up to the task. 

The Gauchos made the most of their opportunity. 

Led by a motivated Guijarro, the UCSB men took down three teams ranked in the top-30 nationally on top of several teams ranked in the top-five in their respective regions. 

MEN'S RESULTS

WOMEN'S RESULTS

Men's Team Scores

Colorado 89
Oregon 151
Arkansas 164
UTEP 197
Georgetown 214
Virginia Tech 223
CAL 300
Air Force 318
Colorado State  351
UC Santa Barbara 374
Louisville 401
Southern Utah 428
Washington State  455
Cornell 455
Eastern Michigan 471
Texas 484
Duke 506
San Francisco  508
Yale 509
Purdue 545
Ohio State 592
Cal Poly 593
Akron 640
Minnesota 645
Kentucky 670
Bradley 704
Florida 722
S.F.A. 744
Kansas 752
Campbell 760
Missouri 796
Utah Valley 801
IUPUI 803
Wyoming 804
Georgia 807
Georgia Tech 817
Wichita State 850
North Texas 855
Butler 885
Indiana State  910
Houston 987
Buffalo 1140

Men's Individual Results (UCSB)

No. 1 Guijarro 32 23:46.4
No. 2 Anthony Ortolan 41 23:51.9
No. 3 Shyan Vaziri 83 24:13.9
No. 4 Adam Avila 107 24:21.0
No. 5 Brad Littooy 111 24:22.2
No. 6 George Baier 156 24:40.8
No. 7 Andrew Farkas 246 25:16.9

BOLD denotes scoring athletes. Overall placing in third column. 

Men's Notes

For Guijarro and Ortolan, running 1-2 has become a form of artwork for the UCSB seniors.Guijarro took the No. 1 spot for the Gauchos with his fourth career sub-24 minute effort over the 8,000m race distance. This was the second fastest time of Guijarro's career (PR of 23:39, set at Stanford in 2014). 

Guijarro and Ortolan have combined to make up one of the Big West's most dominant duos in recent history. Taking the Big West XC win in 2014, Guijarro had just enough time to look over his shoulder to see Ortolan cross the line in second. During the track campaign, the two started the year with a 1-2 3k, with Guijarro taking the win at the Round-Up. In the rematch at the All-UC, the duo recorded an amazing "photo-finish", cracking the UCSB All-Time list in the 3k. At the Big West meet, it was the same song with Guijarro winning the 10k, Ortolan in close towe for the Silver. 

Ortolan also recorded his fourth career sub-24 minute performance, this his third fastest (PR of 23:43, set at Sac State in 2013). 

No stranger to running No. 3, Vaziri delivered again for the Gauchos. Placing 83rd overall, Vazirishowed he is readying to dip below the 24 minute mark with his 24:13 showing. This was the third best cross time for Vaziri and is only one second shy of his 24:12, 5th place showing at last year's Big West meet. 

Avila jumped back into the scoring line-up with his No. 4 showing, one spot up from his No. 5 showing at last year's Pre-National race. 

Littooy lowered his cross country PR by 24 seconds to crack the top-five for the Gauchos. His previous best of 24:46 was set in 2013 at the Santa Clara Invite. 

Women's Results

Washington State 176
Buffalo 183
Arizona 203
UC Davis 239
Louisville 252
Central Michigan 258
Ohio U. 264
Xavier (OH) 267
Miami (OH) 294
Indiana 300
Furman 316
Western Kentucky 328
Indiana State 339
Southern Utah 369
UC Santa Barbara 392
Western Michigan 405
Northwestern 442
UMASS Lowell 456
UTEP 483
Liberty 485
UMKC 543
South Carolina 570
Arkansas State 589
Tulane 605
UNC-Greensboro 617
Tennessee 639
TCU 655
Murray State 663
UNC-Asheville 694
Morehead State 746
Houston 768
Northern Kentucky 792
Akron 80
Cincinnati 864
Ball State 981

Women's Individual Results

No. 1 Hinkle 56 21:54.1
No. 2 Maxine Goyette 70 22:02.2
No. 3 Tori Tsolis 80 22:07.2
No. 4 Sarah Schreck 92 22:15.5
No. 5 Emily Lopez 94 22:16.5
No. 6 Kelsey O'Connell 99 22:20.8
No. 7 Tori Yanco 142 22:44.6

BOLD denotes scoring athletes. Overall placing in third column. 

Women's Notes

Hinkle lowered her personal best to help lead the Gauchos for the first time in her career. At last year's Pre-National meet, Hinkle broke into the scoring line-up at the No. 3 slot. One year later, she would move up to the top spot- amazing growth in the span of one year. 

Goyette jumped back into the scoring line-up with her 22:02 performance. Next up for her will be the Big West meet at UC Riverside, a course she has had tremendous success on. Goyette has raced the Riverside AG course four times, three of those being sub-21:15 clips.

Lopez, in another breakout performance, stepped back into the scoring five for the first time since the 2013 NCAA West Regional. She will be an athlete to keep an eye on at the Big West meet. 

Santa Clara Results

RESULTS

The UCSB squads were limited to seven entries at the Pre-National race, so a few select Gauchos traveled to the Santa Clara Bronco Invite in search of a late-tune up before the Big West meet. 

Carlos Gujarro led the Gauchos with his 33rd place finish. Guijarro, the younger brother of Bryan, finished in 24:35.1. 

Jackson Bright took 38th overall with a 24:40.0 clip. Joseph Rivera broke the tape in 42nd, recording an 8k time of 24:42.3. Antony Monroy took the line for the first time this season, placing 46th with a 24:45.8 performance. Andrew Verdin placed 64th with a 25:08.4 run and Connor Rafferty came in at 122nd with a 26:02.8 performance. 

Miranda Ross placed 111th with a new personal best time of 22:22.9. 

Up Next

The Gauchos are scheduled to compete at the Titan Invitational, Friday, October 23rd before they head to the Big West Championship, scheduled on October 31st in Riverside.