Bethany Nickless
Bethany Nickless
Birth Date: 10/04/1985
Year: RS Senior
Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
High School: Fountain Valley HS

2006 Cross Country -- Bethany placed 9th at the Conference Championships and was named to the All-Big West Team. She was part of the Gaucho squad that won the Conference Title, were runners-up in Regionals, and took 9th place in the NCAA Championships

2007 Track and Field -- For the second year in a row, Nickless was Big West Champion in the 3,000m Steeplechase. She moved on to the NCAA West Regionals, where she was runner-up with a time of 10:11.03. The time was a new personal record, and she qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second time in her career. The time also met the Olympic Trials B-Standard and qualified her for the US Nationals... At the Stanford Invite earlier in the season, Nickless set a new 5k personal record with a regional-qualifying time of 16:51.33. She would place 3rd in the 5k at the Conference Championships, behind UCSB's Stephanie Rothstein and Megan Lewis.

2006 Track & Field -- Learning from her mistakes at the end of the '05 Cross Country season, Nickless became another Gaucho to bust on to the National scene. Focusing on the Steeplechase, Nickless continued to lower her school record, racing a 10:32.33 at the Oregon Invite solidifying her position in the "A" section of the Regional Championships. At the Big West Championships she would easily run away with the Steeplechase title in 10:40 and then double back the following day to finish 2nd in a Gaucho 1st-4th sweep of the 5,000m. Her time of 17:13.97 was a personal best. Stepping onto the line at the NCAA West Regional Championships she would run her best race as a Gaucho with all the chips on the line. Pulling into the lead with two laps to go Nickless would hang onto to finish runner-up and an altitude converted time of 10:18.89, propelling herself into the top twenty in the country and making her first NCAA Championship appearance.

2005 Cross Country -- Her first Cross Country season in two years, Nickless continued her great rate of improvement in the fall of '05. She set a Lagoon 5k XC personal best at the Home Opener finishing in 6th place with a time of 18:29. At the Stanford Invite, as the Gauchos second runner, she would wind up 22nd with a 6k best at this point of 22:31. She then dropped what was one of her most impressive races at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational. Leading UCSB, Nickless would crack the top 100 and finish 70th in a 6k time of 21:40. To put it in perspective she would have finished with the Gaucho number two and three runner a year prior when the Gauchos went on to finish 17th in the country. Unfortunately, anemia found her toward the end of the season, but nonetheless she pulled off a 5th place, All-Conference finish at the Big West Championships, her highest finish and a 63rd at the NCAA West Regionals as UCSB's second woman across the line.

2005 Track & Field -- Nickless had a great freshman season setting not only personal bests but a new school record in the steeplechase as well. In her first attempt at the 3000m Steeplechase event she would just get under the School Record of 10:51 and qualify herself for the NCAA Regional Championships. At the Big West Championships she would drop her school record to 10:43.71 grabbing 4th place in the finals.

2004 Cross Country -- Redshirted her Sophomore season.

2004 Track & Field -- Reshirted her freshman season.

2003 Cross Country -- Posted her best time of the season, 18:48.5 for 5k, to lead the Gaucho "B" team to a rare three-way tie for first with UCLA "B" and Pepperdine at the Titan Invitational.

High School -- Nickless owns a personal best of 10:44.50 for 3200m, set as a high school junior to win the CIF SS DI 3200m title... Also ran 4:58 in the 1600m. In cross country ran 17:55 at 2002 Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational, finishing 5th in the Girls Team Sweepstakes race...Finished 6th in the 2002 DI CIF SS Cross Country Finals at Mt. SAC.

Personal Bests
1500m -       4:33.65
1600m -       4:58.01
3000m SC -   10:11.03
3200m -      10:44
5000m -      16:51.33
Mt. SAC -    17:55
UCSB XC 5k - 17:26