SEATTLE, Wash. – Freshman Bryan Guijarro and junior Dani Moreno finished 35th on the men's and women's side respectively, leading the UC Santa Barbara cross country teams at the NCAA West Regional in Seattle, Wash., on Friday.
Guijarro's finish paced the Gaucho men's team to an 11th-place finish out of the 26 competing in the 10k meet at the University of Washington. The native of Lancaster, Calif., who emerged as a top runner the 2012 season progressed, completed the race in 30:26, just one second out of 31st-place, two out of 29th and three out of 28th.
Guijarro was followed in the UCSB pecking order by sophomore Jeremy Acosta who clocked a 30:31 to tie for 46th and senior Juan Paredes who ran 30:39 to finish tied for 56th. Sophomore Anthony Ortolan was 89th in 31:16 and Baxter Frick, a junior, was the final Gaucho included in the scoring at 31:34, good for 103rd-place. Junior Bhavik Kanzaria (31:37) and freshman Abel Mogesse (31:42) also ran for Santa Barbara.
On the men's side, UCSB finished 61 points behind 10th-place Arizona. Stanford won the meet over second-place Portland, 45-107. The individual winner was Arizona's Lawi Lalang who won with a time of 29:02, 36 seconds ahead of his Arizona teammate, Stephen Sambu.
On the women's side, Moreno clocked a 20:39 over the 6k course, three seconds behind Oregon's Abbey Leonardi. She helped UCSB to a 16th-place finish in a field of 28 teams. The Gauchos were 10 points behind Oregon State, the 15th-place finisher.
Among Santa Barbara runners, Moreno was followed by Christine Cooperstein who ran a 21:18 to finish 74th, Ariana Selix who was 103rd in 21:39, Cassie Brooker who ran a 21:48 to finish 117th and Sarah Shreck who came in at 21:58 for 123rd.
Two other UCSB women ran but didn't factor into the scoring. Courtney Lightfoot ran a 22:15 and Jessica Chadwick ran 22:24.
Oregon won the West Regional title with 64 points. Three other Pac 12 schools finished tied for second. Stanford, Arzona and Washington each had 85 points. The individual winner on the women's side was Oregon's Jordan Hasay who ran a 19:16, six seconds ahead of Cal Poly's Laura Hollander.