Sept. 26, 2004
The UCSB men competed at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday placing 4th behind meet winner Cal Poly, and Stanford and Chico State who tied for 2nd. The men were once again led by true sophomore Chris Ashley who ran a very strong 8k time of 24:28 good for 18th place overall. Fellow true sophomore Mike Chavez as the team's second runner in 24:47 in 27th place. Junior Alex Cardiasmenos battled feeling weak all day to run a as the team's 3rd man in 25:02. Junior transfer JD Krawczyk posted his best race as a Gaucho contributing a strong time of 25:03, and Ryan McGinnis also ran what may have been his best cross country effort up to this point by covering the course in 25:08. In the B-race, senior Jason Boyce, who has been plagued by injuries throughout his entire career ran a lifetime 8k PR of 25:53 to take 4th overall.
Chico State became the first division II school to not lose to Stanford in a Cross Country meet in over ten years.
The men will travel to the Pre NCAA meet in Indiana in two weeks where they will have one race to try to earn points for the NCAA championships. Currently the Gauchos have not even had the opportunity to face any outer region teams that stand a remote possibility of winning their region, thus they absolutely need to perform well in their next race to have a shot at qualifying. With Cal Poly running as strong as they are, and factoring in Pac-10 powerhouses of Stanford and Arizona, the top-2 automatic positions are not a realistic possibility.