Santa Barbara, Calif. - The 2019 cross country season has almost arrived, and the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos will be prepared to go head to head against their conference rivals, the Cal Poly Mustangs, at the annual Lagoon Meet hosted right on the UCSB Campus.
Alumni 5k & Social ($30)(Entry in Alumni/Community 5k plus post race lunch with team and coaches)
Post Race Social Only ($15)
WHEN: Saturday, August 31st, 2019
WHERE: UC Santa Barbara Campus Lagoon (Behind the UCEN)
10:00 am: Alumni/Community 5k
10:30 am: Men's OPEN 8k (UCSB, Cal Poly, Open/Unattached)
11:15 am: Women's OPEN 5k (UCSB, Cal Poly, Open/Unattached)
12:00 pm: Post Race Social (Refreshments and Food Truck)
The course will consist of one main two mile loop around the lagoon and a short loop around the adjacent parking lot and The Club & Guest House by the grass lawn next to the lagoon. The women will go through the main loop once while the men will traverse it twice. A few course maps can be seen at the links provided.
The nearest parking structures that can be used by spectators will be in lot 23 by The Club and Guest House and San Rafael Hall off of Ocean Road, lot 8 by the campus library, and lots 5 and 8 by the intersection of Channel Islands and Lagoon Road by the Marine Biotechnology Laboratory building. These locations can be found at the provided link of the campus map. You can also find the parking rates at the link to the Transportation and Parking Services website.
The Women's 5k and Men's 8k are open to unattached or club elite athletes. Please contact Darius Terry if you'd like more information at Darius.Terry@athletics.ucsb.edu.
The men come into this season ranked 13th in the West Region via the USTFCCCA NCAA Division 1 Pre-Season Rankings for 2019, having a second place team finish at the Big West Conference Cross Country Championships and a 16th place finish at the NCAA Division 1 West Regional Championships in 2018. With this in mind, they could have a tremendous opportunity to rise in the rankings this year as the Gauchos return every single male distance runner from the year prior.
Among those returners are Big West Conference 10000m track champion and co-captain junior Nick Randazzo who displayed an amazing amount of grit last spring, missing the first half of the 2019 track season with a back injury only to come back and win the conference title on his home track.. Redshirt senior and co-captain Daniel Mountcastle returns as well with a 2018 second place finish at the conference championships for cross country, along with al decorated group of Big West Conference placers in both cross country and track and field, including redshirt junior Yousef Baddour (fifth cross 2017, sixth track 10000m 2019), redshirt junior Isaiah lozano (12th cross 2017, fourth track 1500m 2017), and junior Brian Schulz (third cross 2018, fourth track 10000m 2019, second track 5000m 2019). With a motivated top five and a plethora of newcomers raring to go, this could be an exciting year for the men starting with this weekend's opener.
The women's team shares a similar luxury with the men, having graduated only two seniors last year from cross country. After experiencing somewhat of a down year in 2018 with a fourth place finish at the conference championships for cross, the ladies brought it back with authority during track season, with co-captains senior Katie Camarena and junior Astrid Rosvall accumulating a generous amount of top 3 finishes from 800m through 5000m at the conference meet. A young but enthusiastic squad has been growing behind them as well with the likes of returning scorers redshirt junior Andrea Anez (seventh track 10000m 2019), sophomore Emma Overall (17th cross 2018), redshirt sophomore Jasmine Rippey (eighth track 10000m 2019), and junior Marisa Rodriguez (24th cross 2018). A few surprises on the women's side may be waiting in the woodworks as well with 25 women currently on the roster, the biggest roster for women's cross since 2011.