Gaucho Men and Women Both Finish 1st at Riverside Invitational

Anthony Ortolan (Photo by Francis Lipinski)
Anthony Ortolan (Photo by Francis Lipinski)

RIVERSIDE, Calif.- In the second race of their respective seasons, the UC Santa Barbara men's and women's cross country teams both came in 1st place at the Riverside Invitational Saturday morning. The women ran a 6k on the UCR Agricultural Operations Course while the men followed with an 8k.

Dani Moreno and Christine Cooperstein, who finished 1st and 2nd in the race respectively with times of 20:23.5 and 20:47.6, paced the women's side to a team score of 31, beating out Nike Team Run LA's 51 and UC Riverside's 81. Sophomore Maxine Goyette finished 6th with a time of 21:02.7 and Jessica Chadwick came in 9th with a time of 21:20.1, giving the Gauchos four top-10 finishers in the 6k race.

For the men, 3 top-10 finishers gave UCSB a team score of 54, beating out Southern Utah's second place score of 79. Anthony Ortolan finished 4th with a 8k time of 24:24.8, Bryce Rausa came in 5th recording a 24:35.8, and Andrew Farkas finished with a time of 24:37.9, good for 6th place.

Central Arizona's Harry Mulenga was the first runner to cross the finish line in Riverside, running a 23:45.1. The win gives the Santa Barbara men their second straight victory in the Riverside Invitational.

The Gauchos will look to keep rolling on September 28th when they make the trip to Palo Alto to participate in the Stanford Invitational.