Art Avitia
Art Avitia
Birth Date: 07/28/1984
Height: 5-7
Year: Senior
Hometown: Big Bear, Calif.
High School: Big Bear HS
Position: Distance
2006 Track & Field: With the same nagging injuries continuing to be problematic, Avitia would not race until late April of the 2006 Track campaign. Getting in one 5k before the Big West Championships, Avitia would cruise to a 15:16 at home versus Cal Poly. He came up short of his goal to score for the Gauchos at the Big West Championships in the 10,000m, but was nonetheless healthy.

2005 Cross Country: In his fourth year as a Gaucho, Avitia made some waves at the Pre-National Meet in Terra-Haute, IN where he arguably ran one of his best races of the season finishing 86th in a time of 24:56, UCSB's third man. Unable to race at the Big West Championships with some lingering injuries, he came back for the NCAA West Regional Championships finishing in 94th place.

2005 Track & Field: Art started off the season strong, taking 2nd in the 3000m at the Home opener against CMS and Westmont, then following that performance with two personal bests in the 1500m and 5000m running 3:57.94 and 14:47.18 respectively, making the Big West Conference qualifier in the 5k and just missing it in the 1500m. Proving his dependability Art maintained composure in the Conference Championship 10,000m, running very intelligently and taking the last scoring position of the race, 8th place.

2004 Cross Country: Came back late into the season, finished seventh at the Titan Invitational to help the Gauchos become the first collegiate team at that meet.

2004 Track & Field: Avitia took a red-shirt season in 2004, competing unattached, Art logged a 5,000m PR of 14:43.67 to win the OXY Invitational.

2003 Cross Country: Art was the Gauchos 3rd man at the Riverside Invitational, running an 8k XC personal best of 24:43.2 for 8th place...Avitia was also the #3 runner for UCSB at the Notre Dame Invitational and improved his Big West Conference finish to 26th as a sophomore from a 53rd place effort as a freshman...finished 6th at the UCSB Lagoon Open in 25:00.

2003 Track & Field: Art ran the fastest time for 5,000m (14:49.99) by a freshman coached by Pete Dolan at UCSB...also recorded PR's for 1500m and 3000m.

2002 Cross Country: First freshman in three seasons to make the top seven for UCSB...Ran 25.46, a PR for 8K cross country, at the Pre-National meet in Indiana as the Gauchos' fourth man.

High School: Finished secnd in the CIF SS Div. III 3200m with a PR of 9:23.77 his senior year of high school...Trained in Kenya before coming to UCSB. PERSONAL RECORDS
1500m - 3:57.94 - 3-19-05
3000m - 8:41.69 - 2-19-05
3200m - 9:23.77 - 5-18-02
5000m - 14:43.67 - 2004