Cross Country Concludes Season at NCAA West Regionals

Cross Country Concludes Season at NCAA West Regionals

Sacramento, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara Cross Country capped off their season at the NCAA West Regional Meet hosted by Sacramento State this past Friday. The men were able to take 16th out of 29 teams for the ten kilometer race while the women would finish 18th out of 36 teams for six kilometers. Redshirt sophomore Astrid Rosvall led the women with a 43rd place individual finish in a new 6k best of 20:52.8 while redshirt junior Daniel Mountcastle led the men over 10k in 71st with a time of 30:56.6.

Official Results

Women's 6k

The women would take off to face two loops of the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex with Astrid Rosvall and Katie Camarena taking initiative to hang off the front group in the beginning stages of the race. Rosvall, who recently took fifth at the Big West Conference Championships, would slowly move her way up throughout the race and unleash a finishing kick to pass at least seven runners within the last 300 meters. Camarena would fall back as the race progressed still nursing a foot injury, but she would still hold up to take 98th in 21:38.3. The Gaucho women would find themselves with a solid 3-6 spread led by true freshman Emma Overell in 130th (21:58.8) followed by Marisa Rodriguez in 132nd (22:00.1), Jasmine Rippey in 136th (22:03.1), and fellow true freshman Sarah MacGregor in 143rd (22:09.3), all of them finishing within 11 seconds of each other.

Top 20 (out of 36 total)

  1. Oregon 44

  2. Boise State 49

  3. Stanford 95

  4. Washington 118

  5. Portland 144

  6. Oregon State 196

  7. UCLA 215

  8. Cal Poly 232

  9. San Jose State 273

  10. San Francisco 276

  11. Cal St. Fullerton 316

  12. Washington St. 325

  13. California 333

  14. Idaho 407

  15. Portland State 410

  16. Arizona State 434

  17. Loyola Marymount 520

  18. UC Santa Barbara 529

  19. UC Davis 552

  20. Sacramento St. 593

 

Men's 10k

A brave contingency of Gaucho men flocked to the main pack as soon as the gun fired with Daniel Mountcastle and Brian Schulz leading the way. Yousef Baddour and Nick Randazzo followed close behind the main pack with Thomas Wilfert just trailing off the back in the second group. Mountcastle and Schulz would eventually pull away as the race began to string out past five kilometers.

A huge break would occur at the front leaving Mountcastle and Schulz to fend for themselves and hang on as best as they could. Mountcastle would come through first to finish in 71st with a time of 30:56.6, completing his first ever 10k. Schulz would finish shortly after in 84th with a time of 31:12.3, a 21 place improvement from last year's regional meet as a freshman. Baddour would add to the scoring not too far behind Schulz in 89th (31:23.0) with Randazzo coming in at 104th (31:43.2). Wilfert would conclude the scoring to finish his first 10k in 32:10.9.

Top 20 (out of 29 total)

  1. Portland 77

  2. Washington 82

  3. Boise State

  4. Stanford

  5. Oregon

  6. UCLA

  7. Washington St.

  8. California

  9. Gonzaga

  10. Cal Poly

  11. San Francisco

  12. San Jose St.

  13. Loyola Marymount

  14. Arizona State

  15. Pepperdine

  16. UC Santa Barbara

  17. Idaho

  18. Santa Clara

  19. St. Mary's (Cal.)

  20. Cal St. Fullerton

Interim Head Coach Darius Terry would go on to say that the performances on both sides were a solid way to end the season. "Astrid put herself in a good position early on and was able to maintain her spot throughout the race," said Coach Terry. "The men went out aggressively and faded a bit, but there were still some good performances all around for the top five."

"All of the athletes that competed today on both sides will be returning for the 2019 season, so they gained valuable experience from this meet."

With the 2018 cross country season now at a close, the Gauchos will finally take a well deserved break before they return to training in two weeks time for the upcoming 2019 track and field season.


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