UCSB Track & Field Big West Championships Preview

UCSB Track & Field Big West Championships Preview

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After months of preparation, the UCSB Gauchos will send their top men's and women's athletes to the Big West Championship in search of individual and team glory. CSU Fullerton will serve as the host for the eight men's and nine women's conference teams. The meet will take place on Friday and Saturday, with track prelims set to begin Friday afternoon. 

May 12-13, 2017

Schedule of Events/Meet Program

Big West Championships Website

Titan Track Complex
Fullerton, Calif.

All-Session Tickets:
Adult Two-Day Pass: $20
Youth/Senior/Student Two-Day Pass: $10

Single Day Tickets:
Adult Pass: $12
Youth/Senior/Student Pass: $7


Live Results  - Team & Individual

TV Coverage

FOX Sports Prime Ticket will televised the final day of the championship for the fifth straight year.  The regional telecast home of the Big West will carry Saturday's program beginning at 2:00 p.m. Link to coverage here.

Meet Records

Men's Championship Records

Women's Championship Records

Big West Multi Championships

The Gaucho Decathletes and Heptathletes started off the Big West Championships last weekend, May 5-6, with two silver medal finishes by veterans Tori Usgaard and Tyler Nelson. The men also gained a 6th place finish from JR transfer Jeff Lam. Read the full recap here.

Quick Team Preview

The Gaucho men and women are traditionally strong at the championship meet. Both teams rose up to runner-up finishes at the 2016 Big West Championships. This year's women are undefeated in 2017 dual meet competition and will hope to carry this momentum into this weekend's meet. 

CSUN will be the team to beat as they lead all Big West women's programs with top marks or times in nine of the 21 events that will be scored at the Big West Championship. On the men's side, defending men's champion Long Beach State has the conference's top mark in five events, all of those in the field disciplines. Of course, the leaderboard does not predict a team's depth in any particular event, and overall ability to accumulate points on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system.

The teams will rely on Gaucho grit and tenacity to fight for every point possible across the board. 

"I am most looking forward to seeing this year's embodiment of work translate into what should be the best team performance of the season" alluded Sprints and Jumps coach Travis Anderson.

Meet Schedule/Gaucho Conference Leaders

Below is a schedule and preview of conference-ranked (top 8) Gauchos in each event. All track events on Saturday will be finals. 

Fri., May 12

Field Events (Prelims/Finals)
10:30 a.m. Women's Hammer Throw

SR Valerie Nestor #3 Big West, #3 UCSB All-Time 193'0"

JR Kiely Gode #7 Big West, #6 UCSB All-Time 177'3"

11:45 a.m. Men's Long Jump

12:45 p.m. Men's Javelin

SR Matthew Kuskey #1 Big West, #4 UCSB All-Time 216'4"

JR Chris Ross #3 Big West, 195'9"

SR Jerrick Zhang #6 Big West, 187'10"

2:30 p.m. Women's Long Jump

SR Tori Usgaard #2 Big West 20'1.75" 

3 p.m. Women's Shot Put

 JR Kayla Thayer #7 Big West, #7 UCSB All-Time 45'2.25"

4:15 p.m. Men's Pole Vault

SO Zach Nichols #7 Big West 15'9.75"

4:30 p.m. Women's High Jump
4:45 p.m. Men's Discus

SO Kordell Hampton #3 Big West, #1 UCSB All-Time 182'1"

SR Stephen Leach #6 Big West, #5 UCSB All-Time 172'6"

Track Events (Prelims Except for Distances Noted)
3 p.m. Men's 3,000m Steeplechase (Final)

SR Adam Avila #1 Big West, #7 UCSB All-Time 8:57.70

FR Austin Lay #7 Big West 9:21.33

3:15 p.m. Women's 3,000m Steeplechase (Final)

SR Maxine Goyette #1 Big West, #3 UCSB All-Time

SR Kelsey O'Connell #3 Big West, #6 UCSB All-Time 10:39.56

3:30 p.m. Men's 1,500 Meters

SR Andrew Verdin #2 Big West 3:51.67

FR Austin Lay #6 Big West 3:53.53

FR Isaiah Lozano #8 Big West 3:53.72

3:50 p.m. Women's 1,500 Meters 

JR Jenna Hinkle #1 Big West, #1 UCSB All-Time 4:16.62

SO Sabrina Janes #5 Big West 4:34.20

4:10 p.m. Men's 110m Hurdles
4:30 p.m. Women's 100m Hurdles

SR Shannon Trumbull #7 Big West, #2 UCSB All-Time 13.74

SO Hope Bender #8 Big West, #3 UCSB All-Time 13.84

4:45 p.m. Men's 400 Meters
5 p.m. Women's 400 Meters

5:15 p.m. Men's 100-Meter Dash

JR Sike Azu-Irondi #2 Big West, #1 UCSB All-Time 10.55

5:30 p.m. Women's 100-Meter Dash
5:45 p.m. Men's 800 Meters

SO James Douglass #8 Big West 1:52.75

6 p.m. Women's 800 Meters

JR Jenna Hinkle #2 Big West, #3 UCSB All-Time 2:07.76

SR Kaitlin Large #3 Big West, #6 UCSB All-Time 2:09.69

6:15 p.m. Men's 400m Hurdles
6:30 p.m. Women's 400m Hurdles

SR Shannon Trumbull #2 Big West, #4 UCSB All-Time 60.52

SO Hope Bender #3 Big West, #2 UCSB All-Time 60.63

6:45 p.m. Men's 200-Meter Dash

JR Sike Azu-Irondi #4 Big West, #2 UCSB All-Time 21.31

7 p.m. Women's 200-Meter Dash
7:15 p.m. Men's 10,000 Meters (Final)

SO Carlos Guijarro #2 Big West 30:21.47

7:55 p.m. Women's 10,000 Meters (Final)

Sat., May 13

Field Events (Prelims/Finals)
10 a.m. Men's Hammer Throw

SR Stephen Leach #6 Big West, #6 UCSB All-Time 201'4"

11:45 a.m. Men's Triple Jump
12 noon Women's Javelin
1:15 p.m. Women's Pole Vault
1:30 p.m. Men's Shot Put

2:15 p.m. Men's High Jump

JR Jeff Lam #8 Big West 6'7.5"

2:30 p.m. Women's Triple Jump

SO Jazmin Moss #4 Big West, #5 UCSB All-Time 39'9.75" 
2:45 p.m. Women's Discus

Track Events (Finals)
2:08 p.m. Men's 4x100m Relay

UC Santa Barbara #4 Big West, 41.04

2:14 p.m. Women's 4x100m Relay

UC Santa Barbara #7 Big West, 47.12

2:21 p.m. Men's 1,500 Meters
2:29 p.m. Women's 1,500 Meters
2:41 p.m. Men's 110m Hurdles
2:48 p.m. Women's 100m Hurdles
2:57 p.m. Men's 400 Meters
3:03 p.m. Women's 400 Meters
3:11 p.m. Men's 100-Meter Dash
3:17 p.m. Women's 100-Meter Dash
3:25 p.m. Men's 800 Meters
3:32 p.m. Women's 800 Meters
3:43 p.m. Men's 400m Hurdles
3:50 p.m. Women's 400m Hurdles
3:59 p.m. Men's 200-Meter Dash
4:05 p.m. Women's 200-Meter Dash
4:11 p.m. Men's 5,000 Meters

SO Carlos Guijarro #5 Big West 14:21.16

4:33 p.m. Women's 5,000 Meters
4:59 p.m. Men's 4x400m Relay
5:06 p.m. Women's 4x400m Relay

UC Santa Barbara #5 Big West 3:48.64

There will be live updates throughout the meet on the team's Facebook and Twitter. Check back on UCSBGauchos.com for full recap.