Andrew Verdin
Andrew Verdin
Year: Senior
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
High School: Loyola HS
Position: Distance

Verdin steadily improved during his sophomore track campaign for the Gauchos, placing seventh at the Big West Championships in the 1,500m. A reliable big meet performer, look for Verdin to challenge the 3:50 barrier in his signature event and vie for a spot on the UCSB Top-Ten list.  

2015-2016 Track

Competed in 9 meets for UCSB. Finished 14th at the Big West Conference meet in the 1500m. 

2015 Cross Country

Competed in 4 races for the Gauchos. Recorded an season best 8K of 25:08 at the Bronco Invite.

2014-2015 Track 
Open his sophomore campaign with a 4:14.44 mile at the Gauchos Round-Up, placing third. Ran a 3:52.95 performance in the 1,500m at the All-UC, again placing third. Lowered his 800m best to 1:53.33 at the UC Riverside Spring Track Classic. Clipped a 3:51.81 1,500m at the Bryan Clay. A week later he would go on to set a personal best in the event with a 3:50.93 effort at the Cal Poly Dual Meet. Navigated the qualifying round and went on to place seventh in the Big West 1,500m final, breaking tape in 3:56.22 after a slow start and a big finishing kick. 

2013-2014 Track
Had a solid debut season for the Gauchos after appearing in 12 races.  Opened the year with a 3:53.27 effort in the 1,500m to take fourth at th All-Cal. Doubled with an 800m effort at the All-Cal, running 1:55.83. Set a 3,000m PR at the UCR Dual in 8:49.60, Had a break through 1,500m effort at the UCR Spring Break Invite, firing off a 3:52.45 effort to take seventh overall. Ran the 1,500m at the Bryan Clay Invite in 3:53.13. Set a personal best in the 800m at the OXY Invite in 1:53.94. In his first Big West Championship appearance he placed ninth in the 800m, narrowly missing out on the scoring column with a 3:55.71 effort. 

Redshirt season.  

Set a school record in the 4x800 (7:44) and an Arcadia Invitational record in the 4 x 1600 (17:12)…Helped the Loyola Cubs to four consecutive CIF Championships in Track and Field and a State Championship in Cross Country in 2010…Ran personal best times of 4:17 in the 1600 and 1:56 in the 800.

Andrew Verdin was born on April 22, 1994 in Whittier, Calif…Son of Jovan and Ruben Verdin…Has an older sister, Sarah…Enjoys playing basketball, football, assigning nicknames and pun generating…Favorite movies include The Departed, Step Brothers and Training Day…Names Ron Burgandy as his personal hero…Lists participating the 2010 Nike Cross Country Nationals as his most memorable athletic achievement. 

Collegiate Bests
800m - 1:53.33 (2015 UC Riverside Spring Track Classic)
1,500m - 3:50.93 (2015 Cal Poly Dual)  

Big West Championships
2015- 1,500m, 7th, 3:56.22

2014- 1,500m, 9th, 3:55.71
2014- 5,000m, 24th, 15:48.44