Katie Appenrodt Breaks New Ground At NCAA Regional Race
Nov. 10, 2001
Overshadowed by a highly successful men's team, Katie Appenrodt appears to have done what few would have believed was possible for the junior -- Katie should be announced this Monday as an individual qualifier for the NCAA National Championships. Showing no effects of a nagging shin injury, the team captain finished a phenomenal 10th place, ahead of entire Pac-Ten squads from UCLA, Washington, Oregon, Cal and USC. Appenrodt also continued her undefeated season against Big West competition, outdistancing the next closest conference athlete, Cal Poly's Jessica Dahlberg, by over 20 seconds. Katie averaged 5:51 per mile over the 6 kilometer course for a finishing time of 21:49.
Assuming Katie advances to the NCAA meet to be held in South Carolina on November 19th, Appenrodt will be the first woman to qualify for the meet in UCSB history. Before this year's breakthrough race for the men and women, no Gaucho individual or team had ever qualified for the national event.
Also running well for the Gauchos was fifth year senior Tamar Gamliel. The
Los Angeles native closed out her career as a Gaucho with a fine race that the
placed her 69th, and as the team's 3rd finisher. Other finishers for the women
included Cosette Smith taking 45th, Julia Gray (95th), Vanessa Hernandez (98th),
Tiffany De Jesus (99th), and Desiree De Jesus (138th).
As a team, the ladies were hoping for a top ten finish, but were unfortunately edged out by two points from their goal by Hawaii.
The race marks the end of the season for a young women's team. Overall, the coaching staff was very pleased with their 2001 season. As a team, the women placed higher than they ever had in every respective race dating back to the 1996 season. The improved lineup includes only one senior (Tamar Gamliel), and thus should be expected to return stronger next year. With the exception of Appenrodt, the women will now take a brief 1-2 week break from training, and then concentrate their efforts on the upcoming spring track season.