Sept. 28, 2003
PALO ALTO, Calif. -
UC Santa Barbara showed off their depth at the 30th annual Stanford Invitaional held on Saturday at the Stanford Golf Course. Freshman Mike Chavez led the Gaucho "B" team, that included five freshman, to a 5th place finish out of 22 teams.
Chavez, a freshman from Anahiem, ran the 8 kilometer course in 25:11 to finish 31st out of 175. Solid pack running put the next six Gauchos across the line within 18 seconds of each other. Junior Ben Armel finished in 25:38 at 51st and freshman Chris Ashley recorded the same time at 52nd place. Mike Powers took 58th in 25:48 and Stew Harwell ran 25:50 to finish 59th. Ben Berkowitz (66th, 25:56) and Micah Tyhurst (67th, 25:56) were the 6th and 7th runners for Santa Barbara.
Stanford, ranked #1 in the nation, captured the team title with just 18 points. #20 Cal Poly finished 2nd with 54, folllowed by Chico State in 3rd at 92, Harding College (4th, 156) and UCSB (5th, 192). The Gauchos, who were resting their top seven for next Friday's Notre Dame Invitaitonal, still finished ahead of "A" teams from UC San Diego (6th, 200), UC Irvine (7th, 218), UC Davis (8th, 219), and Long Beach State (9th, 228).
Gaucho Assistant Coach Jeff Jacobs finished 33rd in 25:16.
UCSB will send Art Avitia, Alex Cardiasmenos, Pablo Gallegos, Jeff Gardina, David Monico, Scott McConville, and Chris White to compete at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, October 3rd. The men's 8k starts at 5:00pm EST.