September 4, 2004

Men Lose To Cal Poly In Season Opener

Sept. 4, 2004

The cross country program conducted its inaugural dual meet with Cal Poly SLO this weekend. The women's team edged the Mustangs by 3 points with a score of 26-29. UCSB's Hadas Moser put herself on the conference map winning the 5k race in 18:22 under somewhat hot conditions. Head coach Pete Dolan employed a restrictive strategy on the sophomore who has previously had a tendency to go out too fast in races. Veterans Cosette Smith and Stephanie Rothstein paced Moser through the first 2 miles at an even split pace. The trio started out conservatively and slowly moved their way towards the front. Through the last half mile, the Gaucho trio battled Cal Poly's Kathryn Schlegel and Amber Simmons. With 100 meters to go Moser unleashed an explosive kick that put a quick gap on the field. Smith and Rothstein continued to contend with the Cal Poly girls but were split by Schlegel. Coach Dolan was very pleased with the women's effort and was delighted to have proof of another runner capable of being towards the front of conference pack.

The Men's race was disappointing as Cal Poly swept the scoring positions and clearly outclassed the Gauchos 15-50. Despite putting a young and somewhat experienced lineup on the course, Coach Dolan was expecting more from the team. Cal Poly took the top 7 scoring sports led by Andy Caughlin winning the 8 kilometer race in 25:17. Junior Ben Berkowitz was the Gauchos' top finisher in 10th place overall in a time of 25:56.

A good portion of the top men's and women's runners did not compete in the race in preparation for competing at the Fresno Invitational next week. The course will also be site of the NCAA Western Regional race in November.