Men Make Huge Jump in National Polls, Women Continue Climb up Top 10

Men Make Huge Jump in National Polls, Women Continue Climb up Top 10

Oct. 17, 2006

Just days after the greatest combined team performances in Cross Country history at the Pre-NCAA Invitational, the UC Santa Barbara men's and women's cross country teams both made significant moves in this weeks polls by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The Gaucho men went to Pre-Nationals in Indiana unranked and took fourth place defeating 8 ranked teams in the process. UCSB's men jumped all the way to No. 13 in this week's USTFCCCA men's poll. None of the Gaucho men finished in the top 10 in Indiana, but as a group, the Pack had three runners finish between 15th and 36th, and two more in the top 80. Senior Mike Chavez paced UCSB with his 15th-place finish. Fellow Seniors J.D. Krawczyk and Micah Tyhurst finished 32nd and 36th, respectively.

The UC Santa Barbara women, who also finished fourth at the Pre-NCAA meet moved from No. 8 up to No. 7. The women defeated nine ranked teams on the way to that fourth place showing, including at the time second-ranked Colorado. Seniors Lauren Christman (9th place), Lindsay Christman (16th) and Stephanie Rothsten (20th) led the Gaucho charge, which finished behind only No. 2 North Carolina State, No. 3 Michigan and No. 5 Wisconsin.

UC Santa Barbara cross country will next be vying for two conference titles on October 29 at the Big West Conference Championships at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.