November 20, 2006

Women Finish Top 10; Krawzyck for Men has Great Race

Terre Haute, Ind. - With their ninth place finish Monday in Terre Haute, Ind., the Gaucho women accomplished a goal set two years ago - to finish in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships.

"To make the top 10, you have to take on the biggest teams in the country. It's a real accomplishment," said Dolan. "This is a power generation. These women can go on and do some great things."

"The men made a great step today. They have been capable of this kind of performance all season long, but haven't had everyone firing at once. The men pulled everything together today." Pushing through muddy conditions and the mental and physical pain of a long cross country season, the women finished with a score of 318, two points ahead of Duke University. Top-ranked Stanford won the title with 191 points, while Sally Kipyego of Texas Tech won the individual crown in 20:12 over the 6,000-meter course.

In a journey that began four years ago with the women's first appearance at a National Championship, the Gauchos solidified themselves as one of the elite teams in the NCAA. Several milestones were hit as the ladies became the most accomplished UCSB team in history. Individually, it looks as if senior Lauren Christman(Santa Cruz, CA/Harbor HS) reached All-American status (All-Americans will officially be announced in the coming days), a first for the UCSB squad. Christman placed 32nd overall with a time of 21:22.

Finishing second for the Gauchos was senior Stephanie Rothstein(Phoenix, AZ/Xavier HS) in 21:36 for 47th place, followed by redshirt-junior Megan Lewis(Tracy, CA/Tracy HS) who finished 67th in 21:50. Senior Lindsay Christman(Santa Cruz, CA/Harbor HS) finished in 22:08 for 98th place, while redshirt-junior Bethany Nickless(Fountain Valley, CA/Fountain Valley HS) was 153rd in 22:31. Sophomore Danielle Domenichelli(El Dorado Hills, CA/Oak Ridge HS) was also 187th in 22:52, and senior Hadas Moser(Irvine, CA/University HS) was 201st with a time of 23:05.

On the men's side, it was a sub-par afternoon for the Gauchos. J.D. Krawczyk(Huntington Beach, CA/Marina HS), a late surprise this season, continued his racing success with a 46th place finish. In worse course conditions than in the women's race, his time for the 10,000 meter run was 31:54. The men's experienced a very packed race and Krawczyk, a senior, found himself surrounded sitting around 100th place at the mile despite a fast early pace. With a gutsy effort Krawczyk moved up to 85th at the 5 kilometer mark, and then 65th at the 8 kilometer mark finally passing almost 20 people in the last 2,000 meters to give himself a legitimate shot at All-American status(All-Americans will officially be announced in the coming days)

Senior Mike Chavez(Anahiem, CA/Esperanza HS) finished next for the Gauchos in 127th with a time of 32:41, followed by redshirt-junior Micah Tyhurst(Westchester, CA/Loyola HS) in 33:13 for 166th place. Senior Chris Ashley(San Mateo, CA/Aragon HS) finished in 33:30 and redshirt-junior Tim Aukshubas(Orange, CA/El Modena HS) in 33:56 were 184th and 190th, respectively, to round out the Gaucho scoring. Sophomore Waleed Totari(La Verne, CA/Damien HS) finished in 33:47 for 205th place while senior Art Avitia(Big Bear, CA/Big Bear HS) finished 240th in a time of 34:53.

The men's team title went to fourth-ranked Colorado, who surprised the Wisconsin Badgers. Individually, Josh Rohatinsky of BYU topped the field by crossing the finish line in 30:44. In their second ever appearance at the NCAA Championships the UCSB men placed 27th overall.

UCSB Women's Finishers
Lauren Christman - 32nd, 21:22
Stephanie Rothstein - 47th, 21:36
Megan Lewis - 67th, 21:50
Lindsay Christman - 98th, 22:08
Bethany Nickless - 153rd, 22:31
Danielle Domenichelli - 187th, 22:52
Hadas Moser - 201st, 23:05

UCSB Men's Finishers
J.D. Krawzyck - 46th, 31:54
Mike Chavez - 127th, 32:41
Micah Tyhurst - 166th, 33:13
Chris Ashley - 184th, 33:30
Tim Aukshunas - 190th, 33:56
Waleed Totari - 205th, 33:47
Art Avitia - 240th, 34:53

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