Santa Barbara, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara Cross Country Team will be back in action at the Stanford Invitational up in Palo Alto this weekend with a plethora NCAA West Region ranked schools in attendance. The meet will commence bright and early Saturday morning at 9:00 am with the high school divisions followed by the collegiate/open races at 9:50 am with the women's 6k and 10:30 am with the men's 8k.
WHEN: Saturday, September 29th, 2018
WHERE: Stanford Golf Course
9:50 am Women's Open 6k
10:30 am Men's Open 8k
Spectators will be able to purchase admission tickets the day of the meet at the course for ten dollars. Concessions will also be available the day of as well. The parking lot next to the meet entry area will be open to the public.
Two women have made a clear declaration to lead the charge for the Gaucho women lately in the likes of team captain Katie Camarena and Astrid Rosvall. Their latest accomplishments included a 1-2 finish on their home course at the UCSB Lagoon Open back on the 15th, and they look to carry that momentum all the way up North to Palo Alto this weekend to possibly challenge the lead pack. Miranda Ross has been steadfast in holding her No. 3 scoring position this season, having done so the past two meets, with true freshman Kyla Ramsey slowly working her way up the ranks moving from No. 5 to the No. 4 scorer at the home meet. After that, a wide array of UCSB women are yearning for the opportunity to get into the scoring pack and close the gap time established by Camarena and Rosvall.
Sophomore Nick Randazzo has taken control of the Big West Conference with authority these past two meets, having won both Mark Covert and the Lagoon Open decisively with an extended drive for home in the last mile each time. His close compatriot and team captain Yousef Baddour has been taking closer order to Randazzo with each passing race however, inching ever closer to his teammate. True freshman Jack Landgraf, much like Ramsey for the women, has been showcasing his knack for the fall season as he moved up to the No. 3 scoring position at the home meet, and he's keen to close to gap to the returners ahead of him. As for the remaining positions, fellow sophomore Brian Schulz had a rough go at the home meet returning from altitude, but he looks prime to remedy his last performance and get back into the top five. For those remaining it'll be a hotly contested battle to see who will take the final spot with the likes of Alex Barr, James Douglass, and Daniel Mountcastle all in the conversation.