Oct. 13, 2000
Santa Barbara, Calif. -
The UC Santa Barbara men's and women's cross country teams will travel to Ames, Iowa on Saturday to take part in the Iowa State University's Pre-National Invitational. For the both teams, it is an opportunity to run against several of the top programs in the country.
The meet is also an opportunity for over 60 teams to compete on the same course where the NCAA Division I National Championships will be held on November 20. The Gauchos will be represented by seven men's runners and seven women's runners.
The UCSB men's team will be represented by juniors Eric Gans, Josh Horton and Aaron Sharp and sophomores Noah Lidman, J.T. Service, Booker Tynes and Brandon von Guenthner. The women's team will be represented by seniors Ali Pearson and Karin Wise, junior Lisa Dunn and freshmen Julia Gray, Kelly Moore, Jaclyn Shaughnessy and Cosette Smith.
Head coach Pete Dolan's men's team is currently receiving votes in The Mondo NCAA Division I Cross Country Poll. UCSB is currently ranked 33rd in the nation. Several other ranked teams will take part in Saturday's meet. The Gauchos are ranked seventh in the West Region and last year the NCAA took two automatic qualifiers and four at-large teams to the NCAA Championships. All six teams ahead of UCSB in the West Region are also ahead of them in the national rankings. Stanford is tops in the nation and in the West Region, Arizona is second in the West Region and ninth in the nation, Arizona State is third in the west and 16th in the nation, Oregon is fourth in the west and 18th in the nation, Washington is fifth in the west and 20th in the nation and Portland is ranked sixth in the west and 32nd in the country.
UCSB's men's team is paced by Josh Horton who has been the team's top finisher in every meet he has competed in this season. Most recently, at the illustrious Stanford Invitational, he led UCSB to a second place finish as a team by finishing fifth in the individual race. On September 16, he won the individual race at the Fresno State Invitational, leading the Gauchos to another second-place finish.
Another junior, Eric Gans, has also been solid on the men's side. In his two appearances this year, he has finished second among UCSB runners and sixth overall. Prior to his appearance at the Pre-National Invitational in Ames, Gans' two events were the Fresno State Invitational and the Stanford Invitational.
On the women's side the Gauchos are led by several freshmen and a junior. Freshmen Kelley Moore and Jaclyn Shaughnessy have been the team's top finisher in three of four events. Junior Lisa Dunn won the fourth event and has been among the team's top two finishers in three of four meets.
UC Santa Barbara will host the Big West Cross Country Championships on October 28 at Glen Annie Golf Course.