September 17, 2010

UCSB Travels South to Riverside Invitational

Sept. 17, 2010

The Schedule
Saturday, September 18, 2010 at 7:30 a.m. (women's meet) and 8:15 a.m. (men's meet)
Riverside Invitational
UC Riverside Ag/Ops Course in Riverside, Calif.

Saturday, September 25, 2010 All Day
Stanford Invitational in Stanford, Calif.

UCSB Heads To 30th Annual Riverside Invitational
The UC Santa Barbara men's and women's cross country teams head to UC Riverside on Saturday, Sept. 18, for the 30th annual Riverside Invitational at UCR's Ag/Ops Course. the women's 5K will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the men's 8K will start at 8:15 a.m.

UCSB Men's Team Tries To Build On Successful Opening Meet
The UCSB men's team will look to build on its successful opening meet to the 2010 season. On Sept. 4, the Gauchos defeated defending Big West champion and 2010 league-favorite Cal Poly in a dual meet at the Campus Lagoon, 24-31. Juan Paredes was the top collegiate finisher in the 8K race with a time of 24:42.81, the fastest 8K time by a Big West runner this season. Jeremy Acosta ran a 25:04.56 to finish third in the first meet. His time is also the third fastest 8K by a league runner this season.

Gaucho Women Favored To Win Second Big West Title
The UCSB women's team is favored to win its second straight Big West championship. The Riverside Invitational, which will feature four fellow-Big West schools, will be a good test, but without rival Cal Poly there, it will be tough to get a good read on how the conference race shapes up. The Mustangs edged the Gauchos on Sept. 4 at the Campus Lagoon, 24-31. In that race, UCSB's Amanda Moreno finished second to Cal Poly's Kayleigh Tyerman. Both runners broke the previous course record. Tyerman ran a 17:07.28 and Moreno clocked a 17:16.91 over the 5K course. The two times rank one-two among all league runners in 5K races this season.

UCSB Women's Team Ranked 7th In West Region Poll
The Gaucho women's team is ranked seventh in the first USTFCCA West Region Poll.. The Gauchos are one spot ahead of fellow-Big West member UC Davis. Cal Poly is 14th and Long Beach State is ranked 15th. Washington, Oregon and Stanford are the top-three teams.

Gaucho Men Ranked 15th In West Region
The UCSB men's team is ranked 15th in the first USTFCCA Poll. Despite being picked to finish third in the Big West, the Gauchos are the fifth league team in the poll. Cal Poly is ranked fifth, UC Davis is ninth, UC Riverside is 10th and Long Beach State is 13th.