Oct. 30, 2010
RIVERSIDE, Calif. -
Sophomore Juan Paredes and junior Isadore Herrera each finished in the top-10 to help the UC Santa Barbara men's cross country team to a solid third-place finish at the 2010 Big West Championship meet at the Ag/Ops Course in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday morning.
In an upset, UC Davis won the meet, edging UC Riverside 64-66. UCSB was third with 70 points while Long Beach State finished fourth with 76. Seven-time defending champion Cal Poly had 90 points to finish a surprising fifth.
Paredes and Herrera ran together in the 8K race with the former finishing ninth in a time of 24:38.8 and the latter finishing 10th at 24:39.6. Junior Andrew Pilavjian was 13th at 24:42.6, sophomore Bhavik Kanzaria was 18th at 24:50.2 and junior Anthony Masci gave the Gauchos five top-20 finishers by finishing 20th at 24:51.6.
Freshman Jeremy Acosta(25th-place in 25:03.3), sophomore Michael Wysocki (41st-place in 25:37.8), junior Doug Whichard (50th-place in 26:07.9) and sophomore Baxter Frick (59th-place in 27:01.5) rounded out the field for Santa Barbara.
UC Davis sophomore Jon Peterson won the individual title comfortably with a 23:40.2 time, 17.4 seconds ahead of Riverside junior Chad Hall who clocked a 23:57.6. Peterson and Hall were the only two competitors to finish under 24:00.0.
The Gauchos return to action on Saturday, Nov. 12 when they travel to Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA West Regionals.
The athletics rivalry between UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly has grown in recent years, and now the schools are putting their competition to good use through the Blue-Green Rivalry.
As the Gauchos and Mustangs battle it out on the field, diamond, court and in the pool, the Big West rivals will seek to make fans and students aware of their campuses' recycling and sustainability efforts. The eco-slant to the rivalry fits the colors of sustainability (blue and green) as well as those of UCSB (blue) and Cal Poly (green).
The Blue-Green Rivalry is based on the results of the 16 common sports that the schools compete in and winner will be decided prior to the end of each school year.
The creative angle of using games to promote the campuses' sustainability and recycling efforts is the first of its kind in college athletics. To learn more about sustainability efforts at UCSB, click here.
Tickets for the 2010 NCAA Men's College Cup National Championship, scheduled for Meredith Field at Harder Stadium on Dec. 10 and 12, remain available. To purchase tickets, please call (805) 893-UCSB, visit the Ticket Office located inside the Intercollegiate Athletics building on campus or buy online by clicking here. Students can purchase all-session passes for the discounted rate of $20.