Steve Rider
Steve Rider
Birth Date: 03/06/1979
Height: 6-3
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
High School: Scripps Ranch HS
Position: Assistant Coach
At the time of his graduation his personal best in the 3k, 5k, 10k, and UCSB Lagoon course all ranked on the University's top ten list. A member of 2 Big West Championship squads, including the NCAA qualifying team of 2001. Individually, Rider was the winner of the Big West Challange Cup 3k, took 4th in the Conference Steeple Chase, and set the FILA Olympic Trials Qualifier Meet Record in the 10k.

2001 XC Recap: Incurred a stress-fracture in his right shin putting a premature end to the 5th year senior's collegiate cross country career. In his only race of the year, Rider was the team's 5th man at the UCSB Lagoon Meet, clocking an 8k time of 25:13.

2001 Track: Red shirted his fourth year, but still clocked personal bests in the 3k (8:22), steeple (9:26), 5k (14:26), and 10k (30:25). His 5k and 10k marks would rank on the school's all time list as 7th and 10th respectively.

2000 Cross Country: Was the team's 4th man at the Big West Conference Championships, and 5th runner at the NCAA Western Regional championships.

2000 Track: Set the 10,000m meet record at the FILA Olympic Trials Qualifier meet...Ran the fourth fastest 5000m of the year in the Big West with a 14:34.08 and the sixth fastest 10,000m crossing the finish in 31:29. Also the top finisher in the 3000m at the Big West Challenge Cup.

1999 Cross Country: Red-shirted his 3rd year but clocked personal 8k best of 25:12 at the Long Beach State Invite. Finished second behind fellow red-shirt Eric Gans at the CS Fullerton Invite. Also reduced his UCSB Lagoon 8k time by over a minute and a half with with a time of 25:24. Competed in the Stanford 8k Open race running a personal best of 26:13.

1999 Track: Personal best of 15:03 in the 5k. Scored in the Cal/Nevada Championships, placing 9th in the 5,000 meter race.

1998 Cross Country: Team's 5th man at conference with 24th place finish... reduced his Stanford Invite time by 53 seconds for an overall mark of 26:37... 8k best time of 26:33 at the ASU invite as the team's 4th man.

1998 Track: Ran a best of 8:46.97 in the 3,000m race at UCLA to finish 8th of 21 opponents.... clocked a best of 4:01.00 in the 1500 and 15:32.30 in the 5,000m event.

1997: A member of the Conference Championship squad as the team's 9th-10th man.... best 8k time was a 26:41 at the Pomona Invite. Third man for the UCSB "B-team" which ended up winning the meet... best time on the Lagoon home course of 26:56.

High School: Rider got a late start to the sport of running after spending most of his high school career as a member of the California top-10 ranked Scripps Ranch Basketball team. As a senior, in his first year of cross country, Rider finished 16th in the 1996 CA Division II race. His time of 15:57 helped him earn runner up honors for "San Diego County Male Runner of the Year" by San Diego Track Magazine. In his only season of track, Rider incurred a season ending injury in April. Prior to this, his personal bests were a 9:50.05 3,200m and a 4:27.79 1,600m.

Personal Best By Year

Event High School Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior
1,500m 4:01.00 3:56.89
1,600m 4:27.79
Mile (1609m) 4:21.24
3,000m 8:46.97 8:36.48 8:22.14
3,200m 9:50.05 9:36 9:19.41 (during 5k)
Steeple 9:51.81 9:47.4h 9:23.55
5,000m 15:57 (CIF State XC) 15:32.30 15:03.95 14:34.08 14:26.34
10,000m 32:48.16 31:27.9h 30:25.77
UCSB Lagoon 26:56.3 26:54.7 25:24.4 25:13