Gaucho Women Finish 5th, Men 17th at UC Riverside Invitational

Sept. 18, 2010

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -
UC Riverside Invitational - Women's Results

UC Riverside Invitational - Men's Results

Amanda Moreno and Breanne Strenkowski each finished among the top-30 out of nearly 180 runners to help the UC Santa Barbara women's cross country team to a fifth-place finish at the UC Riverside Invitational on Saturday. The Gaucho men's team finished 17th.

Moreno ran a 17:46.6 to finish 27th in the 5K race. Strenkowski clocked a 17:49.1 to come in 30th. Crystal Reed ran a 17:49.3 to finish just behind her teammate in 31st-place. In all, seven UCSB runners placed among the top-50 and all ran 18:06.7 or faster.

The Gauchos finished with 165 points, one spot back of the host Highlanders who had 132 points. Arkansas won the race with 30 points while second-place Southern Utah had 105 and third-place Loyola Marymount recorded 113. LMU's Tara Erdmann won the individual championship in a time of 16:45.4. Arkansas runners placed second and third.

On the men's side, Juan Paredes was UCSB's top finisher as he placed 113th out of 322 competitors in the 8K race. Paredes ran 26:13.8. Jeremy Acosta was 115th, while Doug Whichard, Anthony Masci and Tyler Brady were 121st, 122nd and 123rd respectively.

The men's team race was won by BYU which had the top-two finishers. The Cougars' Miles Batty ran a 23:52.5 to win the individual title. As a team, BYU had 26 points, easily outdistancing UC Riverside which had 99, Sacramento State which had 128 and Loyola Marymount which had 145. Cal State Fullerton rounded out the top-five with 152 points.