Christine Cooperstein
Christine Cooperstein
Year: Senior
Hometown: Whittier, Calif.
High School: Whittier HS
Position: Distance

Christine Cooperstein or "Coop" as she's known around campus is a veteran harrier for the Gauchos. Coop has recorded four top-5 finishes at Big West Championships. Look for her to make a run at the UCSB All-Time list in the 5,000 and 10,000m as a senior. 

2013-2014 Outdoor Track
Redshirt Season 

2013 Cross Country
Ran No. 2 for the Gauchos all season. Started her season on fire, placing third at the UC Santa Barbara Lagoon Open with a 5k clip of 17:36.8 and followed that up with a second place finish at the UC Riverside Invitational with a 6k time of 20:47.6. Ran a strong closing half at the Big West Championships and finished fourth with a time of 21:59.70. 

2012-2013 Outdoor Track
Coop showed her development in the 5,000m race, breaking 16:55 on two occasions. Ran a lifetime best in the 5k of 16:46.98 at the Mt. Sac Relays. Continued her momentum into the Big West Championships where she finished third in the 5,000m, reaching the Big West podium for the first time in her career, running 17:35.72. Also ran 16:54.00 at the UC Irvine Spring Break Classic. 

2012 Cross Country
Ran a 17:42.58 in the 5k at the UCSB Lagoon Open on September 1st...Ran a 21:29.5 in the 6k at the UC Riverside Invite...Ran a 21:29.8 in the 5k at Pre-Nationals.

2011-2012 Outdoor Track
Ran in nine meets for the Gauchos, saving her best for last. "Coop" recorded a pair of top-5 Big West finishes in the 5k and 10k respectively. She ran 17:09.11 to take fourth at the Big West Championships. The night before she placed fifth in the 10k with a time of 36:44.10, helping the Gauchos claim a second place team finish. Ran a strong 1,500m to take runner-up honors at the Cal Poly Dual with a lifetime best 4:33.50 in her last tune-up before conference. Ran a lifetime best in the 5,000m at the Mt. Sac Relays in 17:01.69.  

2010-2011 Outdoor Track
Competed in eleven meets for the Gauchos in four different events. Took second in the Big West Challenge in the 3k with a best time of 10:01.37. Set a new personal best in the 5,000m at the Big West Championships with a time of 17:17.10, taking 11th overall. 

2010 Cross Country
Redshirt Season 

Was the Del Rio League Champion in 2008 and 2009...1600m and 3200m league champion in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 season...Ran 17:49 at the three mile Woodbridge Invitational in 2009. 

Personal: Daughter of Sam and Mary Ann Cooperstein...Attended Whittier High School...Majoring in Biochemistry and hopes to pursue a career in sports medicine...Lists her favorite movies as 'Up', 'Despicable Me' and 'Mathilda'...Favorite book is the Bible...Enjoys reading and hanging out...Most memorable achievement was a 3rd place finish in the 5k at Big West Championships in 2013...Favorite athletes are Meb Keflezighi, Steve Prefontaine, Sara Hall and her UCSB teammates Amanda Moreno and Ari Selix. 

Collegiate Bests
1500m: 4:33.50 (Cal Poly Dual, 2012) 
3,000m: 9:59.10
5,000m: 16:46.98 (Mt. Sac Relays, 2013)

6k- Cross Country: 20:47.6 (2013 UCR Invite) 

Big West Championships

2013- 5,000m, 3rd, 17:35.72
2013- 10,000m, 11th, 38:11.97

2012- 5,000m, 4th, 17:09.11
2012- 10,000m, 5th,  36:44.10 

2011- 5,000m, 11th, 17:17.10
2011- 10,000m,  16th, 37:37.40 

Big West Cross Country
2012- 6k, 14th, 21:00.7 

2013- 6k, 4th, 21:59.7 

NCAA West Regional (Cross Country)
2013- 6k, 69th, 20:56.9

2012- 6k, 74th, 21:17.5