Nickless Takes Athlete of the Week Honors, Gauchos Nationally Ranked

Oct. 4, 2007

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Senior Bethany Nickless was named co-Big West Athlete of the Week for women's cross country. Nickless finished seventh in the Roy Griak Invitational, clocking a time of 21:35, which is a new personal record. Sharing the honors with Nickless is UC Irvine's Laura Olvera, who finished third at the Stanford Invitational.

Nickless led the Gaucho team to an overall finish of fourth place in the invitational. This performance from the team was enough to earn them a spot in the Division I Women's Cross Country Poll, where the Gauchos are now ranked 27th nationally. They are currently the only team from the Big West in the rankings.

Nickless and The Gauchos will return to action next Saturday, with the Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., and the Cal Poly Invitational in San Luis Obispo, Calif. Both events are scheduled for Oct. 13.