Gauchos Open Season with Victory Over Cal Poly

Gauchos Open Season with Victory Over Cal Poly

Sept. 2, 2006


Stephanie Rothstein, Bethany Nickless and Liza Hitchner swept the top 3 spots to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 22-33 victory over Cal Poly SLO Saturday in the Annual Alumni Meet. Senior Rothstein completed the 5-kilometer lagoon course in 17:28.3 to eclipse the 17:40 course record set in 2001 by former Gaucho and All-American Katie Appenrodt. Junior Nickless edged out sophomore teammate Hitchner as they ran 17:55.5 and 18:01.8 respectively, Nickless's time now stands as number 7 all-time at the lagoon.

Cal Poly freshman Kimberly Donatelli was the top finisher for the Mustangs in a time of 18:38.7 trailed closely by teamate Rachel Valliere in 18:44.6.

Finishing off the scoring for the Gauchos were newcomers Katie Voigtlander and Stephanie Garcia in sixth and tenth respectively. Voigtlander, a freshman, ran an excellent time of 18:48.3 in her college debut. Garcia, a Sophomore who spent her freshman year on hiatus from running, turned in a a time of 19:25.5.

The Gauchos will head to Huntington Beach, CA for the UC Irvine Invitational on September 9th.

UCSB Results 1. Stephanie Rothstein, 17:28.3; 2. Bethany Nickless, 17:55.5; 3. Liza Hitchner, 18:01.8; 6. Katie Voigtlander, 18:48.3; 10. Stephanie Garcia, 19:25.5; 11. Lisette Arellano, 19:33.9; 13. Christine Bjelland, 19:52.9; 14. Alyssa Brown, 20:00.0