October 17, 2009

Cross Country Takes 13th, 32nd at Pre-Nationals

Oct. 17, 2009

Men's White Race Team Results

Men's White Race Individual Results

Women's White Race Team Results

Women's White Race Individual Results

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- On a windy day at the Indiana State University Pre-National Invitational, the Gaucho men came away with a 13th place team finish in the Men's White Race, and the Gaucho women came away with 32nd in the Women's White Race.

Scott Smith and Julian deRubira led the men's squad by finishing 49th and 50th respectively. Smith's time over the 8k course was 24:32.9, and deRubira was right behind him with a time of 24:33.7.

Juan Paredes ran a good race and was the third scorer for the Gauchos, finishing in the top-100 with his 84th place performance of 24:58.3. He was followed by Waleed Totari (103rd, 25:09.8) and Bhavik Kanzaria (122nd, 24:58.3).

Gaucho assistant coach Avery Blackwell complimented his team's fourth and fifth runners after the race.

"Juan and Bhavik had a good day," remarked Blackwell.

"Juan ended up being our third scorer, and both of them had a solid race. They had a positive impact on our placement."

UCSB amassed 408 points for their 13th place finish in the Men's White Race. They were behind Columbia (12th, 382 points), and ahead of Southern Illinois (14th, 416 points).

Stanford won the Men's White Race with 47 team points, and Stanford runner Chris Derrick was the individual winner with a time of 23:27.1. The Men's Blue Race was won by defending NCAA Champion Oregon with 79 team points, and Oregon runner Luke Puskedra was the individual winner with a time of 23:40.2.

The Gaucho women were led by Breanne Strenkowski, who was 122nd with a time of 22:24.1 over the 6k course. Crystal Reed was next with a time of 22:44.7, which placed her 157th.

The other scorers were Andrea Jacobs (174th, 22:58.3), Katie Voigtlander (177th, 23:01.4) and Sarah Vitug (219th, 23:43.2).

"This was a disappointing race for the women," remarked coach Blackwell.

"We'll try to move on and start preparing for Conference next week."

UCSB amassed 849 points for their 32nd place finish in the Women's White Race. They were behind Eastern Michigan (31st, 832 points), and ahead of Jacksonville (33rd, 855 points).

Washington won the Women's White Race with 59 team points. Angela Bizzarri of Illinois was the individual winner with a time of 20:27.8. Colorado won the Women's Blue Race with 94 team points, and Colorado runner Jenny Barringer captured her third straight Pre-National individual win with a time of 19:50.9.

The next competition for UCSB will be the Titan Invitational at Cal State Fullerton on Friday, Oct. 23. The Big West Conference Championships are on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 9:00 a.m.

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