Mike Chavez
Mike Chavez
Birth Date: 08/01/1985
Year: Senior
Hometown: Anaheim, Calif.
High School: Esperanza HS
Position: Distance
2006 Track & Field: Dealing with a bout of anemia in the middle section of the season which took him out of some key races, he bounced back for the final few weeks while also throwing in a new event to his arsenal, the 3,000m steeplechase. At the Mt. SAC invitational he would go out and run just shy of the NCAA Regional qualifying mark in the steeplechase finishing in 9:08.32, but would obtain the mark at home versus Cal Poly SLO two weeks later where he dipped under the nine minute barrier, winning in 8:59.26. At the Big West Championships he showcased his best racing yet finishing 2nd to one collegiate's best steeplechasers and then came back the next day to almost win the 1500m, coming up just short in the final few meters. Provo, UT altitude then proved to be too much for the Gaucho Junior as he finished 12th at the NCAA West Regional Championships after going in ranked 9th.

2005 Cross Country: Chavez, continued to be one of the most consistent runners in Gaucho history improving many seconds from the '04 campaign. He led the Cross Country team for the majority of the races this year winning the Home Opener in a course record 24:29 for 8,000m. In Palo Alto, CA he finished 11th at the Stanford Invitational after a conservative start, finishing in a time of 24:17, a thirty second personal best. At the important Pre-NCAA meet, although hoping to finish higher, Chavez nonetheless recorded a 24:40 over 8k, another thirty second plus improvement to finish 57th. In Riverside, CA he would wind up 5th at the Big West Championships in a tightly bunched pack, earning his second All-Conference award in Cross Country. He wound up with a time of 24:03.6 where only a two second gap separated 2nd through 7th places. At the NCAA West Regionals he placed 33rd in a time of 31:12 on the Stanford Golf Course 10k.

2005 Track & Field: In Mike's second season as a Gaucho, he again posted impressive performances throughout the season. Early in the season, Mike set a new Personal Record in the 5000m at the All-Cal Challenge Cup of 14:43.13. At the Stanford Invitational he ran the 4th fastest All-Time 1500m (3:47.61) and qualified for the NCAA West Regionals. As well, at the Big West Challenge Cup, Mike ran a great double in the 1500m and 3000m dropping his PR and making the top 10 All-Time Gaucho List with a time of 8:28.94 in the 3000m. At the Conference Championships Mike helped he team by placing 6th in the 1500m and scoring team points.

2004 Cross Country: Coming off of a good 2004 Track campaign, Chavez set an 8K PR of 24:23.8 at the Big West Championships finishing All-Conference in 6th place aiding a strong Gaucho showing in Riverside.

2004 Track & Field: One of the best freshman seasons for the Gauchos all-time, Mike set personal bests in all events. At the Mt. Sac Invitational he ran 3:51.70 for 1500m and finished 5th at the Big West Championships in that event. After trials and finals in the 1500m at the Championships, Chavez went on to set a 5000m personal best of 15:01.

2003 Cross Country: Mike stepped up as Santa Barbara's 4th man at the Pre-National Meet, covering the 8k course in 25:16...finished 20th at the Big West Conference Championship, helping the team to a runner-up finish. Ran 25:11 at the Stanford Invite.

High School Notes: Mike completed an outstanding HS career with a 6th place finish in the 1600m at the 2003 CA State Finals...Chavez won the 2003 CIF SS D1 title at 3200m and was runner-up at 1600m...had an amazing triple at the 2003 Orange County Championships, finishing 2nd at 800m (1:55.65), 2nd at 1600m (4:13.96) and 3rd at 3200m (9:23.17)...finished 4th in the Invitational section of the 1600m at the 2003 Arcadia Invitational in a personal best 4:12.46... finished 5th at the 2002 CA State DI XC Meet at Woodward Park, covering the 5k course in 15:26.1...as a HS JR in the spring of 2002, Mike was the runner-up in both the 1600m (4:14.47) and 3200m (9:09.52) at the CIF SS DI finals, and finished 10th in the 3200m at the CA State Meet.

PERSONAL RECORDS
800m - 1:53.77 - 5/8/04
1500m - 3:47.61 - 3/26/05
1600m- 4:12.46 - 4/12/03
3000m - 8:27.9 - 2/18/06
Steeple - 8:59.26 - 4/29/06
3200m- 9:09.52 - 05/02
5000m - 14:43.13 - 3/5/05
Mt. SAC XC- 15:10 - 11/23/02
CIF XC 5k- 15:26.1 - 11/30/02
UCSB XC 8k- 24:29 - 09/03/05

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