UC Santa Barbara
Aardal finished 10th in the steeplechase at the Big West Championships, coming across the line in a personal best time of 9:24.81...Was second in the steeplechase at the Big West Championships in 9:25.8h (hand-timed)...Was fourth at Cal/Nevada at 9:28.18...Won the steeplechase at the Bryan Clay Invitational (9:37.13) and the All-Cal Challenge (9:36.74).
Redshirted the 2008 Season...Had unattached times of 31:42 in the 10,000m at Mt. SAC, 15:22 in the 5000m at USD, and 9:28 in the steeplechase at UCLA.
While continuing to develop his aerobic capacity and strength, Aardal set personal bests in the 1500m (4:12.49), 3000m steeplechase (9:39.70), and the 5000m (15:43.19)...Qualified for Conference in the steeplechase...Entered the 1500m at the Triton Invitational and ran a personal best of 4:12.49...Was fourth in the steeple at the All-Cal Challenge.
Focusing on increasing his training capacity and learning the steeplechase, Aardal ran under ten minutes in the steeple with a 9:57 personal best at the Occidental Invitational in his last race of the season. He also raced to a personal best in the 1500m at the Benny Brown Invitational, lowering his converted mile time from high school.
Running for Bret Harte HS in the Sierra foothills, Aardal held modest personal bests, but remained poised to develop his talent, looking to walk-on to the team at UC Santa Barbara...Was Mother Lode League Champion in the 800m, 3200m, and cross country...Player for the varsity basketball team and led the squad in both points and fouls...Four year scholar-athlete.
Double-majoring in global studies and Spanish...Hopes to stay involved with running and become a business owner or a teacher...His hobbies include ranching, fly-fishing, backpacking, and working construction with his dad...Listens to all kinds of music, including rock, folk, bluegrass, the blues, and country.
Collegiate Career Bests
Steeplechase - 9:24.81 (Big West Conference Championships, 5/15/2009)