Austin Lay
Austin Lay
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Morro Bay, CA
High School: Morro Bay HS
Position: Distance

2016-2017 Track

Competed eight times for his freshman campaign. Clocked a 9:21.33 for the steeplechase at the All-UC Challenge, taking 2nd in a new personal best. Achieved another personal best the week after at the Ben Brown Invitational, completing the 5000m in 14:42.86. Won the steeplechase at the Big West Challenge Cup, running a solo 9:26.51. Finished things up at the Big West Conference Championships, taking a 6th place finish in a time of 9:27.57. 

2016 Cross Country

Competed in six meets for his debut cross season as a Gaucho. Opened up with a 25:32.9 8k at the Lagoon Meet for 14th place. Showed some grit at the UC Riverside Invitational by running 25:00.0 with one shoe, getting flat-tired about 800 meters into the race and losing the shoe completely after 3 miles. Set a personal best at the Stanford Invitational by running 24:25.2 for 32nd place. Scored for the first time at the Big West Conference Championships by finishing as the #5 scorer and 17th overall, securing a 2nd place team finish for the Gauchos. 

2015-2016 Track

Redshirt season.

2015 Cross Country

Redshirt season.


Lay exploded onto the running scene as a senior for the Morro Bay Pirates. After placing sixth at the CIF State Cross Country meet, Lay carried the momentum onto the track, setting personal bests in the 3200m back-to-back weekends on his way to a CIF State appearance. At the CIF Masters, Lay finished in 9:02.01- the 14th fastest time in California on the year. At the SLO County Championships, Lay lowered his best in the 1600m to 4:19.29. Was coached by Peter Van Beurden.


Parents are John and Debra Lay...Majoring in History...Hopes to be a teacher...Running goals- earn All-Conference and help UCSB win more conference titles...Hobbies are playing the ukulele and playing Civilization V along with hanging out with teammates... Fun fact -finished a 1 pound burger in less than 3 and a half minutes. 
Collegiate Bests 
1500m - 3:53.53 (2017 39th Annual Aztec Invitational) 
Steeplechase - 9:21.66 (2017 All-UC Challenge) 
5000m - 14:42.46 (2017 Ben Brown Invitational) 

Big West Championships
2017 - 1500m, 11th, 4:03.11
2017 - Steeplechase, 6th, 9:27.57
Big West Championships (Cross Country) 
2016- 8k, 17th, 25:45.2
NCAA West Regionals (Cross Country) 

2016- 10k, 145th, 32:44.1