Gauchos Face Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton at Home

Gauchos Face Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton at Home

Santa Barbara, Calif. – The Gauchos are back from a long week of training at altitude in Mammoth Lakes and are more than eager to test out their fitness this weekend at the Cross Country Lagoon Open. The meet will commence at 9:30 am starting with the alumni/community 5k, followed by the collegiate/open races at 10:15 am where UCSB will be taking on conference rivals Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton. Here is a link to the flyer containing all the information about the meet. This information will also be posted below. 

Meet Information

WHEN: Saturday, September 15th, 2018

WHERE: UC Santa Barbara Campus Lagoon (Behind the UCEN)

RACE TIMES

9:30 am: Alumni/Community 5k

10:15am: Men's OPEN 8k (UCSB, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Open)

11:00am: Women's OPEN 5k (UCSB, Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Open)

12:00pm: Post Race Social (Refreshments and Food Truck)

Course Description

The course will consist of one main two mile loop around the lagoon along with a short loop around the adjacent parking lot and The Club & Guest House by the grass lawn next to the lagoon. The women will go through the main loop once while the men will traverse it twice. A few course maps can be seen at the links provided.

5k Course Map

8k Course Map

Parking

The nearest parking structures that can be used by spectators will be in lot 8 by the campus library as well as lots 5 and 8 by the intersection of Channel Islands and Lagoon Road just before the Marine Biotechnology Laboratory building. These locations can be found at the provided link of the campus map. You can also find the parking rates at the link to the Transportation and Parking Services website.

UNATTACHED/CLUB ATHLETES:

The Women's 5k and Men's 8k are open to unattached or club elite athletes. Please contact Head Coach Darius Terry if you'd like more information at Darius.Terry@athletics.ucsb.edu.

HELP SUPPORT GAUCHO CROSS COUNTRY

$30 - Includes Entry in Alumni/Community 5k along with post race refreshments and food truck. You can pay for entry early at this link here. Today is the absolute last day to buy tickets so be sure to get them in!

Men's Preview

The men had an excellent start to the season two weeks ago at the Mark Covert Classic with the team taking second overall behind Cal Poly 60 to 73, with sophomore Nick Randazzo taking the overall individual win. The men of Cal State Fullerton were also not too far behind with 79 points in team scoring at that meet, so this weekend's competition could end up being a very tight battle for conference bragging rights. With the top group consisting of Randazzo, team captain Yousef Baddour, and Brian Schulz, the Gaucho men are eager to see who will step up as the weekend approaches.

Women's Preview

The start of the season for the women has been less than ideal with the team placing sixth at the Mark Covert Classic, but the coaching staff has stated previously that this particular group of ladies have the potential to make an impact as the season progresses. Newly minted transfer Astrid Rosvall, who took seventh overall at the Mark Covert Classic, has made a quick impact on the team as the No. 1 scorer at the last meet, with top returner Katie Camarena not too far behind in thirteenth. If both are firing on all cyclinders, the two could mix up well with the leaders come Saturday. Senior Miranda Ross should also be in contention for top scoring position as she was the No. 3 scorer at the Classic. If you include freshman pair Emma Overell and Kyla Ramsey who were just behind Ross at the Classic, the women might just find the redemption they've been looking for earlier than expected at their home meet.

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