March 24, 2013

Gauchos Have Solid Showing at UCI Spring Break Classic

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IRVINE, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara men's track and field team traveled to Irvine Friday and Saturday to compete in the UCI Spring Break Classic and had some solid performances.

The Gaucho men made their first impression in the third heat of the 100-meter dash. Michael Aiken and James Pearlstone finished second and third, with times of 11.19 and 11.23 respectively. Freshman Dustin Holtz finished not far behind in fifth [11.36] to give UCSB three of the top five times for their heat.

Jacob Vowels [22.17], Nate Harvey [22.43], and Winton Ngyuen [22.36] all had good showings in the 200 meters, giving UCSB three athletes in the top 21 for the event.

The 400 meter turned out even better for the Gauchos, with Marquis Caldwell placing 2nd in the first heat [47.89], good for second overall in the event. Eric Severiano [49.24] and Winton Ngyuen [49.29] took second and third in the second heat, giving UCSB two more sprinters in the top 10.

Jordan Scott [1:53.43] won the second heat of the 800 meters, good for fourth place overall. Juan Paredes [1:55.52] also rounded out the top 10 overall with his performance.

The longer the distance, the better the performance, or so it seemed for the Gaucho men's team. Sean Vaziri [3:47.86] and Juan Paredes [3:49.06] took first and second in the 1500 meters, giving UCSB their first win of the day and their third top two showing. Not top be left out, Andrew Farkas [3:54.75], Bhavik Kanzaria [3:59.18], and Matt Bailey [4:00.20] all ran well in the second heat, giving UCSB 5 finishers in the top 14.   

Young guns stepped up for the Gauchos in the 5000 meters, with sophomore Anthony Ortolan [14:53.53] and freshman Adam Avili [14:56.09] finishing fourth and fifth overall. Sean Johnson represented UCSB well in the 110 hurdles, placing fifth in his heat and fifth overall with his time of [14.78].

UCSB picked up their second win in the 3000 steeplechase, with Bryce Rausa's time of 9:07.68 good for the victory. Austin Goodheart [9:24.87] placed third, leading the rest of the pack after the top two broke away.

The 4x400 relay also was a huge success, with UCSB's team of Mikkael Powers, Jimmy Martin, Jordan Scott, and Marquis Caldwell coming away with the victory [3:10.88].

Mitchell Haag led the way for UCSB in the high jump, placing third with a score of 2.00m [6'6.75"]. Taylor Duncan placed 10th in the pole vault [4.60m, 15'1"], a solid showing in the field of 34.

In the throws, Albert Hughes placed fourth overall in the hammer competition with a distance of 55.52m.

The Gauchos will travel to San Diego next weekend for the Cal/Nevada Championship on March 29th