Chris Ashley Wins Fresno State Cross Country Invite

Sept. 11, 2004

The men got a bright surprise from true sophomore Chris Ashley who won the Fresno Invitational on Saturday. The San Mateo native held off several high caliber Cal Poly runners to win the 8k race by more than 5 seconds with a time of 25:13. Ashley had a very strong freshman year highlighted by running a 3:53 1500m in track. However, as a team, the Gauchos took 3rd overall behind winner Cal Poly and Chico State. Junior Alex Cardiosmenos, a walk-on his freshman year, continued to show the dividends of hard work as he finished 6th overall with a time of 25:27. Another true sophomore, Mike Chavez placed 15th in 25:42. Rounding out the Gauchos' top five was Ryan McGinnis (19th - 25:58), and Loren Bland (23rd - 26:15).

Overall the team was somewhat pleased with the results. Unlike last week where Conference rival Cal Poly swept the top spots, UCSB had a much more respectable showing. 4th place UC Berkeley was more than 80 points behind with UCSB putting 7 runners in front of Cal's second. The Gauchos still have a couple more runners they intend to insert in the lineup such as Art Avitia, Scott Brandos, and Jeff Gardina that might make the Conference Meet a little more challenging for heavily favored Cal Poly.

Up next for UCSB will be the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, September 25th.