Gaucho Rewind: 2010 Big West Women's Cross Country Champions

Gaucho Rewind: 2010 Big West Women's Cross Country Champions

This is another story in a series looking back at some the top moments in UC Santa Barbara Athletics over the past decade.

The UC Santa Barbara women's cross country program has consistently proven to be among the best in the Big West Conference and in the Far West.

On October 30, 2010, the Gauchos used a 1-2-3 finish by Amanda Moreno, Breanne Strenkowski and Crystal Reed to post a thrilling, albeit narrow, 35-37 win over Cal Poly at the Big West Conference Championship Meet, their second consecutive title. In the process, Moreno broke the course record and she would be named Big West Cross Country Athlete of the Year. 

Led by Moreno, who finished eighth, the UCSB trio would each finish in the top-18 at the NCAA West Regional Championships. Strenkowski would join Moreno as qualifiers for the 2010 NCAA Championship meet in Terre Haute, Ind.

Here is the original story on the championship meet taken from the archives of 

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara's Amanda Moreno ran a record-shattering 19:57.0 over the 6K Ag/Ops Course in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday to lead the Gaucho women's cross country team to its second consecutive Big West championship. 

Moreno's time was both a course record and a Big West mark, breaking former UCSB-great Danielle Domenichelli previous record by a little over 12 seconds. Moreno's fantastic finish on a muddy Saturday morning was also 25.7 seconds better than teammate Breanne Strenkowski, the second-place finisher with a time of 20:22.7. Crystal Reed was third with a time of 20:26.2, giving the Gauchos a 1-2-3 finish.

"I felt great out there today," Moreno said. "The weather didn't bother me at all. I'm so excited to win our second straight championship. It's a great achievement. 

Junior Andrea Jacobs joined the trio of Santa Barbara seniors in the top-10 as the top-10 as she ran a 20:59.3, good for 10th-place. 

The UCSB victory was not an easy one. The Gauchos finished with 35 points while Blue-Green Rivalry opponent Cal Poly parlayed fourth fifth, seventh and eighth-place individual finishes into 37 points, two points back. Long Beach State had one top-10 finisher and finished a distant third with 72 points.

The Gaucho championship was their second in a row and it marked the first time since 2006 and 2007 that they have repeated as champions. UCSB has now won four out of the last five Big West championships and six since 2003.

In addition to the top-four finishers for Santa Barbara, senior Cassie Brooker was 19th at 21:24.5, juniors Ashley Beechan and Callie Mulgannon were 28th and 32nd with times of 21:48.1 and 21:53.8 respectively, and sophomores Sarah Vitug and Jessica Chadwick were 41st and 46th with times of 22:07.3 and 22:21.9.