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This is Bethany Nickless's first season as an assistant coachfor the UC Santa Barbara track and cross country programs. Prior tojoining the coaching staff, Nickless competed for the Gauchos as anational-caliber athlete.
Nickless was a two-time NCAA National qualifier in the 3000meter steeplechase. In 2007 she was runner-up at the NCAA WestRegionals with a time of 10:11.01, which met the Olympic TrialsB-Standard. She was a two-time Big West Champion in thesteeplechase, qualifying for the NCAA Regionals four times.
In cross country, Nickless was the top finisher on UCSB's 2007squad that placed 19th at the NCAA Championships. Eariler in theseason she took seventh individually at the prestiguous Roy GriakInvitational, and she was named Big West Athlete of the Year incross country. She was also a key member of the UCSB squad thattook ninth nationally in 2006.
Nickless graduated from UCSB in 2008 with a B.A. in mathematicsand a minor in excersise & health science.