SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara cross country teams are set to fly out early Wednesday to Eugene, Oregon to take on the Pac-12 and a good chunk of other regionally ranked schools on Friday, September 29th at the Bill Dellinger Invitational. This will be their third competition for this season and their first out-of-state venture.
Ranked Teams in Attendance:
BYU (Mountain #4 women and #3 men), Cal Poly (West #11 women and #9 men), Gonzaga (West #10 men), Idaho (West #13 women), Oregon (West #1 women and #2 men), Oregon State (West #12 women), Portland (West #6 women and #4 men), Stanford (West #2 women and #1 men), Washington (West #4 women and #8 men)
Bill Dellinger Invitational Meet Information
Springfield Golf Course
90333 Sunderman Rd.
Springfield, OR 97478
8:00am: Course open to participants and coaches
10:00am: Men's 8k
11:00am: Women's 6k
To get to the Springfield Golf Club, take the 105E/126E and then stay on the 126E until you reach the 42nd Street/Marcola exit. Take a left on 42nd Street, and then keep going for about 0.4 miles. Make a right on Marcola, and then continue for about 4.4 miles until you reach the intersection of Marcola and Sunderman Rd. The meet website insists on no parking or stopping on Marcola, so please take heed.
Spectator parking will be at the Mohawk Elementary School on Sunderman Rd. Shuttle buses will then transport spectators to the main clubhouse at the Springfield Golf Club. The shuttles will run continuously starting at 8:00am.
Men Seeking Upward Trend in Performance
The team performances so far for the Gaucho men have been less than ideal given the lack of upperclassmen, but that may change come Friday with the likes of senior George Baier coming back into the fray after sitting out the first two meets. Fellow senior Patrick Bourke has been leading the charge as of late in George's absence, but the top-10 individual finisher from the 2016 conference championships is seeking to add more firepower to the front lines as the weeks inch closer to conference. True freshman Jarett Chinn will also be joining the ranks in uniform for the first time this week with his other freshman brethren, the more the merrier seeming to be the theme of the Class of 2021.
Women Riding Momentum From Riverside
A fifth place team finish at the UC Riverside Invitational gave the lady Gauchos confirmation of the work they put in these past few months, with senior Jenna Hinkle showing the way with her commanding individual performances from the last two meets. The No. 2 and 3 duo of Katie Camarena and Miranda Ross have also been showing promise as of late, clocking low-21 6k times at Riverside, along with No. 4 Emily Lopez showing off her fifth year experience by being in the scoring five at the UCSB Lagoon home opener and Riverside as well. Behind however is a scramble for the fifth spot, with true freshman Ellie Nisbet getting the best of the rest at Riverside, but the depth of the women's squad has been noticeable lately; Anyone could take the reigns for that final scoring position at any given moment.