Oct. 19, 2001
Scott Brandos punctuated his successful freshman season with an outstanding race at the Cal State Fullerton Invite held last Friday. Brandos finished fifth in a 55-runner field, clocking an 8,000 meter best time of 25:49. The Carbon Canyon Park is not regarded as one of the faster courses in college competition, making Brandos' mark even more respectable.
"That effort would place him as our third guy, on UCSB's older teams," said team captain Eric Gans. "This year he's our tenth guy, which is a great sign for the improvements of our program." The Gaucho program recently received national credit by being ranked 11 in the country in the coaches' poll.
The Gaucho lineup at the Fullerton race consisted of the team's "B-team" which included all athletes not expected to compete in the Conference Championships, which are scheduled to be held this Saturday in San Luis Obsipo. Along with Brandos' performance, the team was pleased with 800-meter specialist senior Ron DiMaggio, clocking an 8k best of 27:07 for 24th place.
The Gauchos ran a 4-person lineup, precluding them from team scoring competition which requires five runners. UCLA's Ben Aragon won the meet and led the Bruins to the team victory with a commanding score of 21. Despite the Bruin domination, Brandos matched up well against the Pac-10 school, placing ahead of 7 of the 9 L.A. runners.