Martin, Nwaba Head to U.S. Olympic TrialsTwo recent UCSB graduates will be competing in the 2012 Olympic Track and Field Trials, which begin on June 21 and end on July 1, and take place at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Twelve Big West Athletes Recognized As All-AmericansIrvine, Calif. - Four Big West track and field athletes were named to the annual USTFCCCA All-America First Team following their success at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, last week. Three additional student-athletes received All-America Second Team honors and five field participants were placed on the All-American Honorable Mention list.
Ryan Martin Punches His Ticket to NCAA ChampionshipsRyan Martin blazed through the 800m semi-finals on Saturday to qualify for the NCAA Divsion 1 Championships June 6-9 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Martin had the second fastest time, crossing the finish with a time of 1:47.49. Ricky West of the University of Missouri had the fastest semi-finals time at 1:46.65.
Track & Field Head Coach Pete Dolan Named Big West Men & Women Coach of the YearThe UCSB track and field team picked up several post Big West Conferece awards on Wednesday with UCSB Head Coach Pete Dolan being named Big West Coach of the Year on both the men's and women's side. In addition, Barbara Nwaba was named Big West Field Athlete of the Year while Shyan Vaziri was awarded co-Big West Freshman Male Athlete of the Year.
Gaucho Men Win Big West Championship and Several Individual TitlesAgainst all odds, the UCSB men's track and field team rallied together to win their first Big West Championship...in over 40 years. But in a sport that often touts individual victories, this weekend was truly a team effort, an effort that in the end has made all the difference. The UCSB men concluded competition Saturday afternoon with a total of 179 points to defeat the previous defending conference champion, Long Beach State who scored 150 points.
Gauchos Head Into Big West Conference Championships With Their Eyes on the PrizeThe UCSB Gauchos will head down to UC Irvine's Anteater Stadium this weekend for the remainder of the Big West Conference Championships, May 11-12. Last year Long Beach State University won the men's division while the California State University-Northridge won the women's division. The Gauchos are looking in pretty good shape and hungrier than ever to reclaim their title.
Masterson Claims Big West Decathlon Victory, Powers Second on PodiumThe Gaucho decathlon squad had quite the showing this past weekend, with Derek Masterson leading the competition again on day two to win his first Big West Decathlon Championship. Masterson totalled 7,355 while teammate Mikael Powers scored 6,966 to finish second on the podium. Senior Josh Codding rounded out his track career with a hard-faught seventh place finish and a total score of 6,389 to assist the Gauchos for a combined team score of 20-points.
UCSB Men Dominate Cal Poly Dual, Claim Several Individual VictoriesNotable performances today were highlighted by Barbara Nwaba who competed in the 100m hurdles, high jump and javelin events, and winning all three in clear fashion. In the throws, Irene Kujore had a great performance winning both the shot put and discus events while Alex Umstead lead the men's hammer throw and shot put events. Mitchell Haag captured another victory in the high jump while the vertical jumps were lead by John Walsh in the long jump and Arthur Dyson in the triple jump. In the running events, Ryan Martin highlighted the 400m for a new lifetime best time while Shyan Vaziri lead the men's 1,500m and breaking another PR.
Haag Wins High Jump at Bryan Clay InviteThe majority of the UCSB track and field team competed on Friday at the Bryan Clay Invite in Azsua, Calif. with two victories, one on the women's and one on the men's side. On Friday, two Gaucho middle distance runners competed at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.
Another Big West Athlete of the Week Award for Ryan Martin's 800m PerformanceEarlier today, Ryan Martin earned Big West Honors for his performance in the 800m at the Big West Challenge Cup this past weekend. This is Martin's second time earning the Big West Male Track Athlete of the Week which he after clocking in the second fastest time in the country at the Cal/Nevada Championships. The Senior Lake Forest, Calif. native clocked in a time of 1:50.87 in the 800m, helping the men's team to a second place finish at the Big West Challenge Cup.
Men's Track Give Tremendous Effort to Place 2nd at Big West ChallengeDespite having the meet rescheduled due to weather conditions, Gaucho women got off to a great start and defended their Big West Challenge title at the Titan track on Sunday while the Gaucho men finished second to Long Beach State. Among the other schools at the meet were UC Irvine and host CSU Fullerton.
Rain, Rain, Go Away: Big West Challenge Postponed Till SundayDue to less than ideal weather conditions, the 20th annual Big West Challenge which was slated to start on Friday has been postponed until Sunday, Apr. 15. There were be a new revised schedule with start times all three hours earlier. The field events will kick off with the hammer throw at 11:30am on Sunday. The first track event will be the 3000 meter steeplechase which will begin on 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Masterson Ranked 6th in Nation for Decathlon, Wins Big West HonorsDerek Masterson was awarded with the Big West Athlete of the Week honors today after his performance at the Sam Adams Invitational last week. The Placerville, Calif. native scored a 7558 in the Decathlon, which automatically qualifies Masterson for the NCAA Championship, and ranks him sixth in the nation.
Masterson, Nwaba Shine at Sam Adams Multi-Events MeetUC Santa Barbara senior Barbara Nwaba broke the all-time Big West Conference record in the record in the heptathlon with a score of 5,986 at the Sam Adams Multi-Events Meet last week at Westmont College. Nwaba’s score ranks her at No. 1 in the NCAA and surpassed the Olympic Trials A Standard and hit the Olympic Games B standard.
Gauchos Cruise at Cal Poly InvitationalThe UC Santa Barbara Track and Field team spent their first weekend of spring break tearing it up in the Cal Poly Invitational at Cal Poly. The men’s team recorded 141.5 points to top the home team, Cal Poly, which secured 135 points. They were followed by in by Fresno State’s 77.5 third place and Cal State Bakersfield 25 point fourth. The women also blew away the competition scoring 98 points followed again by Cal Poly who ended with 79. Fresno managed a close third with 75 points while Cal St. bakersfield brought up fourth place with 39 points and Running Divas posted one point for fifth and last place.
Gauchos Claim Several Individual Victories at Riverside Dual MeetWhile Barbara Nwaba was competing at the NCAA Indoor Championships, the rest of the Gaucho Track and Field headed down to UC Riverside to compete in a dual meet. After seven long years, UC Riverside hosted its first home meet following the renovation of its new track.
Gauchos Come Out On Top at All-UC Meet, Breaking Several Meet RecordsSeveral of the University of California schools descended upon Anteater Stadium on Saturday, March 3rd for the All-UC Meet, the first Big West Conference meet of the 2012 outdoor season. The Gauchos had an outstanding showing on both the men’s and women’s side—the men’s team dominating the meet with a total of 224 points and the women capturing 185 total points.
Gauchos Head to Irvine for All-UC MeetThe Gauchos will head to Irvine, Calif. for the All-UC meet, hosted by Anteater Stadium. The All-UC meet will mark the first official Big West Conference outdoor meet of the 2012 season.
UCSB Have Strong Showing Against Westmont and Pepperdine at Gaucho Round-UpThe UC Santa Barbara track and field team kicked off the Gaucho Round-Up, the first outdoor meet of the season on Saturday, February 18th with a victory for both the men's and women's teams. The men finished with 174.5 points, 60 points ahead of its closest competitor, Westmont College. The women came out on top with 170 total points followed by Westmont with 112 and Pepperdine University with 46.
UCSB Kicks Off Outdoor Season With Gaucho Round-Up At Westmont CollegeThis Saturday, the Gaucho men and women will head to Westmont College to kick off their 2012 outdoor season in the Gaucho Round-Up.
The first event of the meet will be the men's hammer throw which will begin at 10:45am followed by the women's 4x100m relay for the track events at 12:00pm. The meet is tenatively scheduled to end with the 4x400m relay event at 3:20pm