Nov. 12, 2005
The Gaucho Men's Cross Country season came to a disappointing end on Saturday at the NCAA Regional Championships hosted by Stanford. After an inspiring Big West Championships, the men did not have the same firepower from two weeks ago and finished 9th in a field of 24.
Arizona dominated the meet with an overall score of 33 led by Junior Robert Cheseret who won the 10,000 meter race in a time of 30:03. The Stanford Cardinals were the other automatic qualifier for the National Meet as they finished 2nd with 80pts.
The Gauchos however disappointed still managed to be the 2nd Big West team, the same as how they finished the championships two weeks earlier. They also bettered Pac-10 Programs Washington State and UCLA who finished 11th and 12th respectively.
"Our inconsistency has been frustrating this season. When we're on, we're a pretty good team. Today we were really off and that's disappointing in a race with so much visibility."
Junior Mike Chavez led the Gauchos, finishing 33rd and covering the 10,000 meter course in 31:12. Senior Scott Brandos had the best respective performance of the day, taking 43rd in a time of 31:22. "Brandos did what we asked of him today," added Dolan. "we were hoping he'd be about our 5th man instead of 2nd, but he ran hard and ended his cross country career on a good note." Sophomore Micah Tyhurst, junior Chris Ashley, and senior Alex Cardiasmenos rounded out the Gauchos' front 5 placing 57,67, and 71st respectively.
The team will take a few days off and then begin training for the 2006 track & field campaign.