SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UCSB cross country teams will travel to Stanford this Saturday, October 1st, for the 43rd Annual Stanford Invitational.
The collegiate women run at 9:50am while the men's race is set to go off at 10:30am.
Location: Stanford Golf Course
Distances: College Men, 8K (4.97 miles); College Women, 6K (3.73 miles)
Scoring: Though there is one men's race and one women's race, the scoring in each will be divided between NCAA Division I schools and non-Division I schools. In other words, all the schools will not be scored together.
Entrance: Near the Stanford Red Barn (and No. 2 fairway) at the end of Electioneer Road, at the intersection Fremont Road, just off Campus Drive.
Parking: Free public parking is available at the lot off Searsville Road. Another option is the parking garage on Stock Farm Road, near the intersection of Campus Drive, and at Parking Structure 5, which is on Oak Road and intersects with Stock Farm Road.
Cost:$10 for adults; $5 for youths/seniors/faculty/alums. There are no advanced sales.
Bring: Water, sunscreen, a hat, something to sit on, and find a good spot in the shade. Though the high temperature is forecast to be in the 70s, it can feel very warm on the course, so take precautions.
(Information Courtsey: Stanford Athletics)
NCAA D1 West Ranked Teams in Attendance:
Men- #4 Stanford, #10 Cal Poly SLO, #13 St.Mary's #14 San Jose St. #15 Santa Clara
Women- #2 Stanford, #9 Cal Poly SLO, #15 UC Santa Barbara
Women Gaining Momentum
This will be the third competition of the season for the Gauchos. After opening at home against Cal Poly, the Gauchos women placed third overall among 11 D1 teams at the UC Riverside Invite. Every member of the top 7 set new personal bests on the course
Jenna Hinkle has led the charge through two competitions, running in the No. 1 spot in each race. The Junior has enjoyed two top 10 finishes so far this season, 2nd at the Lagoon Invite and 6th at UC Riverside.
Not far behind, Miranda Ross and Katie Camerena will look to continue improving on their sub-21 6k clockings at UC Riverside. This will be Camerena's only second race at the 6k distance after an excellent debut.
Tori Yanco, Isa Marshall, and Jade Fuller will compete for the remaining scoring positions to help this team place as high as possible. Their performance last race helped UC Santa Barbara go from unranked to 15th in the NCAA West Region. The goal is to continue climbing up the rankings as they work towards Regionals.
Men Looking to Emerge
The Gauchos hopes to establish a team identity this weekend as they finally race a full, near-healthy contingent.
George Baier has leading the team after strong performances at the Lagoon Invite and UC Riverside. His 8k best of 24:13 at UC Riverside two weeks ago would have placed him 4th at last year's Conference Meet on the same course.
Senior Adam Avila hopes to call on his years of experience and be right beside Baier until the end, while leading Patrick Bourke and Austin Lay to a strong 1-4 punch on the rest of the competition. Avila has an 8k best of 24:21 set at last year's Pre-Nationals meet in Louisville.
The final result will rest on who decides to step up as the Gaucho's #5 scorer. Junior's Carlos Guijarro and Jackson Bright will be opening up their seasons this weekend after coming back from injury. Guijarro finished top 60 in the NCAA West Region last year and Bright has a 10,000m PR of 30:25.30. Andrew Verdin and Daniel Mountcastle will also hope to continue improving every race.
Check back with ucsbgauchos.com for a race recap and full results.