September 18, 2001
UCSB Men's Cross Country Team Wins Tri-Meet On Home Course
Sept. 18, 2001
Santa Barbara, CA -
The men's cross country team unveiled their A-Team at the UCSB Lagoon 8
kilometer meet on Tuesday, taking first place in a tri-meet against Cal Poly
San Luis Obispo and Westmont. With seniors Josh Horton
and Eric Gans
finishing first and second respectively, and five runners in front of Poly's
third finisher, the men came away with a commanding victory score of 21, with
Poly trailing at 38 and Westmont in third with 76.
Though the Gaucho score offered a reason for celebration, the Gauchos remain
wary of Poly after the 2000 season. "We beat them twice during the
regular season, and then they killed us at conference and regionals,"
said 5th year veteran Steve Rider
. "On the other hand, we have a
better team than last year. Everyonehas gotten faster, especially
Aaron (Sharp) and I who provide improved 4th and 5th scoring spots - something
we desperately needed last year."
The Gauchos opened up with victories against Cal Poly last year and beat them
again at Stanford, but were blitzed at the Conference Championships where the
Mustangs claimed their 3rd straight title. Two weeks later, SLO stunned
the Western NCAA district by taking third at the regional championships.
The Mustangs return four from their regional squad, including last track
season's conference 5,000m and 10,000m winner Paulo Carvahlo. Also in
Poly's lineup is All-Conference Cross Country runner David Ulibarri and
All-Conference 1500m runner David Jackson.
Cal Poly is expected to be the team to beat in the Big West Conference.
The Mustangs received the highest ranking in the first NCAA MONDO Poll (3
votes). UC Irvine was the only other Big West team to be ranked (one vote).
The Gauchos will not face Poly at full strength again until the Conference
The team will now prepare for their first major cross country invite at the
Stanford Invitational scheduled for Saturday, September 29th. The
women's 6k is scheduled to begin at 4:50 P.M. followed by the men's 8k at 5:15