Sept. 29, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The UC Santa Barbara women's cross country squad placed fourth Saturday at the Roy Griak Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota. Senior Bethany Nickless paced the Gauchos with a seventh-place finish.
Minnesota won the Division I race with 97 points and was followed by Arizona State (90) and Michigan State (109). Santa Barbara was next in fourth place with 156 points.
Nickless, a Huntington Beach native, finished seventh with a time of 21:35 over the 6k course at the Les Bolstad Golf Course. Senior Megan Lewis was 12th with a time of 21:46.
The individual crown was won by Virginia's Emily Harrison, who finished with a time of 20:52. Iowa State took the next two spots with Lisa Koll second (21:09) and Grace Kemmey third (21:18).
Up next for the Gauchos are the Cal Poly Invitational and Pre-Nationals, which will be held in Terre Haute, Ind. Both events are scheduled for Oct. 13.