Led by Griak Winner Stephanie Rothstein, Gauchos Hit All-Time High as They Move to No. 11 in National Rankings

Sept. 28, 2006

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara's women's cross country team checked in at #11 in this week's USTFCCCA poll after its outstanding performance at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn. The ranking is the highest ever for a UCSB cross country program.

The Gauchos, who were unranked in the preseason poll, won the prestigious event thanks to three runners placing in the top six. Stephanie Rothstein (21:12.45) and Lauren Christman (21:12.95) finished the 6K course in first and second place, respectively, while Lindsay Christman crossed the finish in sixth place. The trio led UCSB to 87 points, 21 points better than ninth-ranked Arizona State (108).

Other nationally ranked squads in the top six included #13 Baylor (120), #16 Minnesota (137) and #23 Michigan State (143). Rothstein, who sat out last year as a redshirt, had her best finish for the Gauchos. In 2004, she finished third at the Big West Championship, her previous best.

Rothstein is also the first UCSB athlete to win the Griak, a race where six times the individual champions has won the NCAA crown.