Out of a total of 29 college teams, the UC Santa Barbara men placed fifth at the 2012 Stanford Invitational, while the women placed third out of 34 teams.
In the first college race ran at the meet, the men rounded out the 8K with several solid finishes. Senior Juan Paredes posted a time of 25:08, coming in at 31st place. Seniors Jeremy Acosta and Bhavik Kanzaria followed closely behind Paredes, tying for 36th place in a time of 25:13.
For the women, Junior Dani Moreno ran an impressive 21:05 in the 6K, which earned a ninth place finish. Senior Cassie Brooker edged into 15th place with a time of 21:26. Following behind Brooker, Senior Ariana Selix posted a time of 21:48, finishing in 30th place.
On the men's side, Freshman Bryan Guiajaro placed 41st in 25:20. Senior Baxter Frick and Freshman Anthony Ortolan topped off the top 50 in 25:26 and 25:28.
Sophomore Christine Cooperstein ran into 46th place in 22:01. Junior Jessica Chadwick ran a 22:28 with an 86th place finish. Sarah Shreck came in soon after in 22:30, gaining 86th place.
The Gauchos will race again on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the Northridge Invitational.