Guijarro and Ortolan Deliver at NCAA West Regionals

Guijarro and Ortolan Deliver at NCAA West Regionals

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. 

Men's Results

Washington 63
Stanford 83
Oregon 99
Washington State  125
Boise State 137
Cal 146
UCLA 163
UCSB 184
Portland  200
Gonzaga 253
San Francisco 273
Cal Poly 344
UC Davis  389
San Jose State  409
Arizona State 422
St. Mary's 489
Loyola Marymount 535
Eastern Washington 551
Santa Clara 562
Cal State Fullerton 574
UC Riverside 635
Seattle U. 647
Long Beach State 692
Fresno State 712
UCI 725
Portland State 774
Pepperdine 779
Sac State 805
San Diego 831
Cal State Northridge 882

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. 

Women's Results

Oregon 79
Boise State 80
Washington 105
Stanford  121
San Francisco 182
Gonzaga 224
Cal 234
Arizona State 243
Portland 286
UCLA 334
Washington State 343
Eastern Washington 344
Cal Poly 344
Arizona 354
UC Davis 360
Loyola Marymount 362
Idaho 450
San Jose State 520
Oregon State 531
UCSB 553
Portland State 601
Seattle U.  604
Sac State 616
Santa Clara 637
San Diego State 673
UC Riverside 682
UNLV 715
Cal State Fullerton 743
San Diego 764
Long Beach State 863
St. Mary's 881
Pacific 922
Hawaii 949
Cal State Northridge 1015
UCI 1041

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 for updates on the NCAA field, which will be announced Saturday, November 14th.