Santa Barbara, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara cross country teams are set to compete at the Santa Clara University Bronco Invitational at Baylands Regional Park this Saturday October 13th. The meet will serve as their last regular season competition before they face the rest of the Big West at the conference championships in two weeks time.
When: Saturday, October 14th, 2018
Baylands Regional Park
999 East Caribbean Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94089 - 1111
9:00 am Men's 8k Collegiate Invitational
9:45 am Women's 6k Collegiate Invitational
10:30 am Men's 8k Open
11:15 am Women's 6k Open
Parking is $6.00 per vehicle. Do not park in unmarked spaces or the City will tow your vehicle. Overflow parking is available next to Baylands at the Twin Creeks Softball complex.
Sophomore Nick Randazzo will look to lead the charge as he has been the de facto leading Gaucho for the majority of the season, but he may find some company on Saturday with redshirt junior Daniel Mountcastle being the team's top finisher at the Stanford Invitational two weeks ago. Sophomore Brian Schulz may come into play with that front pack as well, having tweaked his racing style at Stanford that allowed him to finish as the No. 2 scorer at that meet. Redshirt junior Jack Rose had a surprising breakout performance two weeks ago being the No. 3 scorer for the Gauchos at Stanford, marking the first time he's scored in cross country at UCSB and he's prime to score again this season if he keeps his momentum going. Finally, true freshman Jack Landgraf will most likely be holding it down as the No. 5 scorer once again as he's been doing nearly all season, but with nearly everyone in uniform competing this weekend, everyone will be vying to compete for a top nine team finish to make the travelling squad for the conference meet.
Taking 13th overall at Stanford, sophomore transfer Astrid Rosvall has been steadily making a name for herself in the Big West Conference, and she may see that progression continue going into Bronco. Fellow junior Katie Camarena may have something to say about top Gaucho honors this weekend after falling behind at Stanford, but if she can rediscover that solid racing tenacity that was on full display at UCSB's home meet back in September, the 1-2 punch for the women will be back to full force. The women have been shuffling between their No. 3-5 scorers more frequently than usual this year with a new name finding themselves in the top five each passing meet. The most recent pecking order for the latter half of the scoring card has included the likes of true freshman Emma Overell, sophomore Marisa Rodriguez, and redshirt freshman Jasmine Rippey at Stanford. The intersquad battle will definitely heat up with conference spots on the line this weekend, which may just be what the Gauchos need to close that gap between their 1-2.