CLAREMONT, Calif. - For the first time ever, UC Santa Barbara men's track and field team won the title at the Cal/Nevada Track & Field Championship held at Claremont Scripps College. The Gaucho women finished eighth.
UCSB's men's team scored 141.50 points while second-place Long Beach State tallied 114. In all, there were 19 teams in the men's field and 20 in the women's meet.
The Gaucho's started Sunday out strong taking first, second, and third in the men's 800 meter finals. Senior Ryan Martin led the pack with a time of 1:46.56 10 points. Freshman Shyan Vaziri came through with a time of 1:40.61 for 8 points. He was closely followed by senior teammate Rusty Parker whose third place time of 1:52.02.
The women's team also showed their strengths in the 800 Meter run as senior Justine Diaz took first place in Sunday's finals heat with a time of 2:06.09.
Sophomore Jordan Scott had a solid run in the 400 meters with a time of 47.54, good for a third-place finish. Teammate Jimmy Martin was seventh in the event. Another sophomore, Sean Johnson, was fifth in the 110 meter hurdles in a time of 14.86, just .01 seconds behind fourth-place finisher Kevin Finley of Cal State Northridge.
In the women's 1,500 meters, sophomore Danielle Moreno ran an impressive 4:38.13 to finish fourth. Sophomore Christine Cooperstein was close on Moreno's heels in fifth, with a time of 4:38.32. Junior Courtney Lightfoot finished first in her section and 10th overall with a time of 4:41.51.
The men's 4x400 relay team took sixth overall with a time of 3:16.09 just two seconds short of catching Long Beach in fifth place. First leg sophomore Winton Nguyen along with junior Jimmy Martin, sophomore Jordan Scott and senior anchor Ryan Martin collected another three points for the Gauchos. The women's 4x400 relay team placed fifth in the finals for a total of four points. Sophomore Cherrelle McMillian started the race off for UCSB handing it over to sophomore Camille Petty, junior Amanda Rodrigues and senior Lauren Kodama. Combined, the foursome ran a 3;48.88.
UCSB had a strong showing in the men's 3,000 meter steeplechase. Senior Andrew Pilavjian and freshman Rryce Rausa finished second and third with times of 9:20.33 and 9:26.02. Sophomore Austin Goodheart was 11th at 9:36.00.
The men showed impressive endurance again in the 5,000 meters, placing third, fourth and fifth. Junior Juan Paredes ran a 14.42.87, good for third and just one second out of second place. Senior Anthony Masci was close behind as well with a time of 14:53.24. Masci was followed by junior Jeremy Acosta in a time of 15:02.85 to wrap up fifth.
Several Gauchos showed well in the field events too.
Juniors Mitchell Haag and Max Villaba finished 1-2 in the high jump. Haag recorded a 7---.50 while Villaba topped out at 6-10.75
Junior John Walsh was fifth in the long jump with a mark of 23-02.00. Senior Alex Umstead's throw of 196-11 was good for second in the hammer. Umstead also finished tied for sixth in the shot put with a heave of 53-02.75
Seniors Chris Hamilton and Adam Shigem secured third and fourth in the hammer with throws of 187-03 and 186-09 respectively. Hamilton was also eighth in the discus at 154-03 while teammate Julian Samson was one spot better in seventh with a throw of 154-06.
Senior Michael Guerra continued the Gaucho success with a second-place in the javelin throw at 216-06.
The women's team also raked in some points from the field events. Senior Tayler Williams parlayed her jump of 39-07.75 into a seventh-place finish while Helena Montin tied for fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5-04.25