Gauchos Edged by Cal Poly in Annual Lagoon Race, 27-28

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's cross country team opened its 2013 season with an outstanding performance, but was edged in its annual dual meet with Cal Poly, 27-28.  The meet was run on UCSB's 5K Lagoon Course and was part of the Blue-Green Rivalry series.

Gauchos Dani Moreno and Christine Cooperstein finished second and third with times of 17:25.50 and 17:36.80 respectively.  The race was won by the Mustangs' Laura Hollander in a time of 16:36.00. Hollander set a course record in the 2012 race lagoon race.

Three other UCSB runners finished among the top-10.  Maxine Goyette was fifth in a time of 18:03.20, Jessica Chadwick was eighth at 18:18.40 and Bailey Miller clocked an 18:46.30 to finish 10th.

Cal Poly's Rachel Bush was fourth in 18:00.70.  Mustang runners also finished sixth, seventh and ninth.

The Gauchos return to action on September 14 when they travel south to take part in the Riverside Invitational at UC Riverside.