Nov. 12, 2005
The Gaucho women battled a tough field at the NCAA Regional Championships at Stanford. With a battered lineup missing 5 eligible athletes from last year's 3rd place finish team, the Gauchos finished a disappointing 15th overall.
Stanford ran away with the meet winning with an impressive 24 points, led by overall winner Arie Lambie who covered the 6 kilometer course in 19:29, winning by more than 30 seconds to spare on second place.
"It was disappointing not to improve on our conference performance," said head coach Pete Dolan. "I thought we had a better chance at beating some opponents, even with the attrition our lineup has incurred."
The women were led by senior Seanna Martin, who ran in her final race as a Gaucho placing 39th. "Martin looked great through 3k," remarked Dolan. "She didn't quite end with the punctuating finish I was hoping for, but it was still a satisfying race to see her run."
Sophomore Bethany Nickless was second for the team placing 63rd. Freshmen Danielle Domenichelli and Liza Hitchner started out way back but passed 30 people the last mile for 90th and 92nd respectively. Leslie Alexander, also running in her last Gaucho cross country race, rounded out the top 5 placing 122nd.
This race will mark the end of the Gauchos' 2005 Cross Country Campaign. The team will take a few days off and then begin training for track. Barring any injuries, the 2006 cross-country team will feature the return of Stephanie Rothstein (Conference Champ 2003), Lauren Christman (undefeated by Big West Athletes in 2004), Lindsay Christman (2nd in Big West to Lauren in 2004), and Megan Lewis (Big West 10k Champ in 2005).