Nov. 14, 2004
The men's Cross Country season came to an end on Saturday at the NCAA Western Regional Championships. The men finished 10th of over 26 division 1 teams on the West Coast at Woodward Park in Fresno. After a strong Conference finish, the men were looking to improve on their 10th place ranking. However it was not to be as the Gauchos finished exactly where they were predicted to finish in 10th place with 263 points. The team was the second Big West Team behind Cal Poly who finished 3rd. ASU finished second and Stanford claimed the team title.
The team was once again led by Chris Ashley who concluded a very strong sophomore year where he led the team in every race. The San Mateo native finished 37th of 151 finishers covering the 10,000 meter course in 31:27. Following Ashlee was Mike Chavez (42nd, 31:38), Alex Cardiasmenos (60th, 32:08), JD Krawczyk (66th, 32:16), and Jeff Gardina (72nd, 32:28).
The 2004 season will hopefully be a year that the Gauchos gathered experience to build a future on. With the exception of senior Jeff Gardina, the Gauchos will return everyone from this year's roster . The team will now take a short time off to rest and then begin training for track season.