Gaucho Alumni Among Top American Finishers at San Diego Marathon

June 5, 2006

Three former UCSB Cross Country and Track and Field Athletes made a good showing at the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon. The 26.2 mile race, which is the 8th largest marathon in the world and the 5th biggest in the USA, featured approximately 22 thousand people, with 17,339 actually finishing.

J.T. Service, a 2003 graduate of UCSB had the race of the day, making his debut in the marathon and being the top American with a time of 2:24:42. He averaged 5:31 per mile and just shy of the Olympic Trials qualifying standard of 2:22:00. Service earned numerous All-Conference Awards while competing as a Gaucho. Currently he is in Law School at Santa Clara, and runs for the Asics Aggies Club Team.

Also running were current assistant coach Dave Monico (class of 2004) and Steve Rider (2002). Monico ran 2:36:11, averaging 5:57 per mile, and finishing 4th among the Americans. Rider ran 2:43:21, good for 13th.