SEATTLE, WA. - UCSB seniors Bryan Guijarro and Anthony Ortolan led the Gaucho men to an eighth place team finish by virtue of their 11th and 13th place individual finishes. The duo will have to wait for NCAA Selection Saturday on November 14th, to see if they have achieved an NCAA individual qualifying performance. The UCSB women placed 20th out of 35 teams and had the fourth best 1-5 spread in the entire competition (37.0 seconds), a theme they developed throughout the entire 2015 season.
Held at Seattle's Jefferson Park Golf Course, the conditions were harsh to say the least. A driving rain provided more than enough fuel for a mud soaked demolition derby of a course.
"The conditions were horrible." said UCSB Head Coach Pete Dolan.
"It was as muddy a course as you could get. The runners were coated. It was a mess."
Guijarro and Ortolan took it out with the lead pack. They sustained pace with the best harriers in the west and finished in what could be NCAA individual qualifying performances. They will have to wait until Saturday's selection committee meets before knowing for sure.
"Anthony and Bryan did what they were supposed to do. They are smart runners. They knew what they had to do and they accomplished it. It was a good day for us." remarked Dolan, talking with a subtle laugh, still in awe of how his two runners were able to thrive in such difficult conditions.
The qualifying process for the NCAA Championships has many tiers. It is a complicated process but here is a breakdown of how it works:
The top-two teams from each NCAA Regional will advance to the NCAA Championship
The top four individuals not on qualifying teams will advance as long as they finish in the top-25.
*Will be important for Guijarro and Ortolan's qualifying chances.
Thirteen teams and two individuals will be chosen by an NCAA Subcommittee on Saturday, November 14th for at-large selections. The Subcommittee will use a variety of data to make their picks, including regular season performances at bigger competitions.
Guijarro covered the muddy 10,000m course in 31:21.0. Ortolan finished in close towe, running 31:24.1.
Oregon's multiple time NCAA Champion, Edward Cheserek, won the competition in 30:43, eleven seconds ahead of the nearest challenger.
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Running No. 3 for the Gauchos was Shyan Vaziri, finishing in 32:04.1.
The No. 4 slot belonged to surprise runner, George Baier in 32:09.6. Baier bounced back from running the No. 6 spot at the Big West meet. A solid showing for the UCSB Engineering student.
No. 5 was also a new face for the Gauchos. Carlos Guijarro, the younger brother of Bryan. Carlos broke into the scoring column, finishing in 32:15.6, essentially 5:11 mile splits.
Brad Littooy ran No. 6, finishing in 83rd with a time of 32:46.3.
Adam Avila ran No. 7, finishing in 85th with a time of 32:47.9.
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UCSB senior Tori Tsolis led the way for the Gauchos. Tsolis finishing the 6,000m course in 22:09.9, placing 83rd overall.
The overall winner was Boise State's Allie Ostrander in 20:10.9.
No. 2 for the Gauchos was Kelsey O'Connell in 102nd. O'Connell finished in 22:19.6.
The No. 3 runner for the Gauchos was Jenna Hinkle in 116th. Hinkle covered the course in 22:26.4.
No. 4 belonged to UCSB senior Sara Schreck in 123rd. Schreck finished in 22:30.6.
Rounding out the scoring five was Maxine Goyette in 138th. Goyette finished in 22:46.8.
On her heels in the No. 6 slot was Emily Lopez in 139th. Lopez finished in 22:47.7.
The No. 7 runner was Sara Bass in 23:04.4. Bass placed 160th in her first NCAA West Regional appearance.
Check back with UCSBgauchos.com for updates on the NCAA field, which will be announced Saturday, November 14th.