George Baier
George Baier
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Portola Valley, CA
High School: Menlo-Atherton HS
Position: Distance

Baier impressed with a seventh place 3,000m Steeplechase finish in his Big West debut. He is one of five Big West scorers in the event who are on the current UCSB roster. Look for him to challenge his PR of 9:23.60 early. And often. 

2013-2014 Track
Baier took the line in eleven races for the Gauchos during his freshman track campaign.  Opened the season with a 4:17.87 mile at the Gauchos Round-Up before stepping up distance later in the season. Ran a 1:55.21 800m PR at the All-Cal before taking to the barriers in his first steeplechase effort at the UC Riverside Spring Break Invite where he clipped off a 9:46.46. He ran a 9:32.39 at the Big West Challenge, taking fourth in a talented field. Turned in an impressive Big West debut at the outdoor track championships, taking seventh for the Gauchos after setting a new personal best in the 3,000m steeplechase in 9:23.60. Baier came back in the 5,000m and narrowly missed the scoring column, finishing in ninth with PR 15:10.41. 

Attended Menlo-Atherton High School in Portola Valley. Was voted his High School's Athlete of the Year. Was apart of Menlo-Atherton's school record setting DMR squad. Had a breakthrough senior year, clipping off a 4:16.54 1600m at the CCS Championships. Won the CCS 1600m title as a junior, earning a qualifying bid to the CIF State Championships. Earned All-League Honors in Cross Country and Track and Field. High school coaches were Eric Wilmurt and Alan Perry.

Parents are Carl Baier and Tamara Suden...Majoring in Mechanical Engineering...Aspires to be a product designer...Also played soccer, basketball and was on a club swim team...Favorite movie is Django Unchained...Favorite athletic memory was being the last qualifier into the 2012 CCS 1600m Championships and ending up taking the win...Can complete a 1 handed push up...Favorite aspect of college track, "Competing not only to see who is the most physically fit, but who is the most mentally tough."

Collegiate Bests
800m- 1:55.21 (2014 All-Cal) 
1 Mile- 4:17.87 (2014 Gaucho Round-Up) 
3,000m Steeplechase- 9:23.60 (2014 Big West Championships)

Big West Championships
2014- 3,000m Steeplechase, 7th, 9:23.60
2014- 5,000m, 9th, 15:10.41