Yousef Baddour
Yousef Baddour
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Torrance, Calif.
High School: West Torrance HS

2017 Cross Country 

Competed in six meets for the Gauchos. Opened up the year with a 26:12.3 at the UCSB Lagoon Meet to finish 13th overall. Scored two weeks later as the No. 4 man at the UC Riverside Invitational with a 39th place finish in 25:18.9. Lowered his personal best two weeks later at the Bill Dellinger Invitational to finish 81st in 25:00.1. Produced an incredible run at the Big West Conference Championships as the No. 1 scorer for the team by placing 5th overall in another personal best of 24:43.1, making him the highest placing freshman at the meet. Baddour's performance at the championships would net him the Big West Conference Cross Country Male Freshman Athlete of the Year award, the first to do so since Bryan Guijarro when he took 5th at the 2012 Conference Championships. He would close out the season with a 31:12.3 for 10k to take 79th place at the NCAA West Regional Meet. 

2016-2017 Track

Competed in eight competitions for his debut season in a Gaucho uniform. Clocked his first sub-15 performance in the 5000m at the UCLA Legends Invite, clocking 14:55.92 for third in his heat. Took third at the Big West Challenge a week following, running 8:36.46. Lowered his 5000m best again the week after that at the Bryan Clay Invitational, running 14:47.93. Yousef would conclude the season on a high note with an inspiring sixth place finish in the 10000m at the Big West Conference Championships in 31:59.77. A tactical first half would keep the field tightly bunched and poised for a fast finish, and Yousef would power home valiantly, finishing the second half of his race almost two minutes faster than the first half. He would also go on to finish just outside scoring position in the 5000m the next day in tenth place. 

2016 Cross Country

Redshirt season.

Prep

Graduated from West Torrance High School. Three mile PR of 14:53. Finished fourth at 2015 CIF SS D2 finals and helped team finish first. High school coach was Jason Druten.

Personal
 
Major is Pre-biology...College running goal is to make it to the NCAA cross country championship and win as many titles for UCSB as possible...Hobbies are soccer, basketball, volleyball, ping pong, and swimming...fun fact: moved to U.S. from Syria when he was 11 years old.
 
Collegiate Bests
 
1500m - 3:57.48 (2017 Cal Poly Dual Meet) 
 
3000m - 8:36.46 (2017 Big West Challenge Cup) 
 
5000m - 14:47.93 (2017 Bryan Clay Invitational) 
 
10000m - 31:59.77 (2017 Big West Conference Track and Field Championships) 
 
Big West Championships 
 
2017 - 5000m, 10th, 15:11.45
 
2017 - 10000m, 6th, 31:59.77
 

Big West Championships (Cross Country)

2017 - 8k, 5th, 24:43.1

 

NCAA West Regional (Cross Country)

2017 - 10k, 79th, 31:12.3