SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UCSB's Men's and Women's Cross Country teams came back yesterday from a week-long training camp in beautiful Mammoth Lakes, CA. This Saturday they face 40 teams at the 36th annual UC Riverside Invitational.
This year's field will feature 17 Division I teams, highlighted by South Central Region's #1 Arkansas Women, West Regions's #9, 10 Cal Poly Men & Women, and Mountain Region's #11 Utah Valley Men. Not to mention the UC Santa Barbara Men who are currently ranked #11 in the West Region.
UCR Invite Meet Information
When: Saturday, September 16th, 2016
Where: UC Riverside AG Course
7:30am: Women's 6000m Invitational
8:05am: Men's 8000m Invitational
8:45am: Women's 5000m Collegiate Open
9:15am: Awards to be presented
UCR Invitational Information
The UC Riverside Invitational course is 85 percent flat with a few rolling hills and hard-packed dirt with pre-competition watering to reduce dust. The course runs through the shade of 100-year-old orange groves and eucalyptus trees.
The Ag/Ops Course is located adjacent to campus on the 420-acre Citrus Research Center and Agricultural Experiment Station on the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Canyon Crest Drive. From the 215/60 freeway, exit Martin Luther King and go West. Turn left at the Canyon Crest traffic light and travel approximately 300 meters to the course entrance. Please check-in with gate personnel upon arrival for instructions.
There is a $5 General Admission charge and they will accept Visa, MasterCard, & American Express. Admission for children ages 3 and under is free.
The Men will be led by veterans George Baier and Adam Avila. They opened up their seasons faster this year at the UCSB Lagoon Invite held two weeks ago and both have sub-24:45 clockings on this 8000m course. Look for Patrick Bourke and Austin Lay to join these two up front and for one of the rising Sophomores to step up to round out the top 5.
The Women will be led by Jenna Hinkle, who set her 6000m personal best (21:11) on this course last year. She recently finished 2nd at the UCSB Lagoon Invite, besting her previous time by over a minute. Miranda Ross, Katie Camerena, and Jade Fuller hope to form a strong pack not too far behind while Tori Yanco and Isa Marshall hope to mix it up as well in this year's tight knit group.
Both teams had runner-up finishes at this meet last year. They returned to this course later in the season and found more success as the Men took the crown and Women 2nd at the Big West Championships.