Santa Barbara, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara track and field team is scheduled to take on one more home tri meet this weekend against big west conference rivals uc riverside and cal poly. The meet will commence Saturday on March 4th with field events starting at 12:00 pm with the men's hammer throw, while running events will start at 1:30 pm starting with the women's steeplechase. The meet will be scored 5-3-2-1 with two per team scoring in individual events. Relays will be scored 5-2.
UCSB was scheduled to have another tri meet last week against UC Irvine and UC San Diego, but unfortunately the meet had to be cancelled due to the evacuation alerts for potential mudslides in the downtown Santa Barbara area where the meet was planned to be held. UC Riverside comes into the meet with a pair of 8th place team finishes from last year's conference championships as well as a recent 4th place team finish on the women's side for cross country, while Cal Poly comes in with a 2nd place finish on the men's side and a 5th place finish on the women's side from the conference track championships, along with 1st and 2nd place finishes for the men and women from cross country.
Tri Meet Parking
On campus parking is available with the lot adjacent to track as well as at the Physical Plants and Tennis Courts lots just up the hill from the track. Bus parking will be in the rock area behind the track building. A link to the campus map can be found here.
Gauchos to Watch
SR Blake DeHaven started off the season on a high note with a win and a new personal best in the 800m at 1:54.79 and is keen to keep that momentum going into March.
SR Patrick Bourke achieved victories in both the mile and 3000m at the last tri meet, and with a similar double planned for this weekend he'll be eager to get after it once again.
JR Joshua Rennick will be set to take another crack at the high jump this weekend after setting a new personal best at a height of 6' 8 ¾" at the last tri meet.
JR Kordell Hampton will look to throw a bit farther this weekend after winning in the hammer and discus with slightly heavier implements two weeks ago.
JR Shamara Carney is coming off a new personal best in the 200m of 25.05 and a solid indoor campaign that saw her lower her 400m personal best to 56.22 back in late January, so she could do some damage in either event come Saturday.
SR Morgan Simpson took the 400m at the last tri meet in a personal best of 56.53 and also won the 400m at last year's All UC meet, so look for her to possibly repeat last year's victory.
With her school recording setting performance in the 3000m at the last tri meet, SR Jenna Hinkle should look to take on the 1500m/3000m double with little contest.
SO Celeste Wilson will be making her steeplechase debut this weekend, so she'll be dead set on seeing what she can do to her current best of 11:00.60 which she achieved at last year's conference meet.
SR Kiely Gode will hopefully have a bit more leeway between the long jump and the hammer throw times as she will be looking to double in both once again this weekend after winning both at the last tri meet.
Lastly, JR Alivia Schlueter will be taking on the triple jump this weekend again winning at the last tri meet with a solid 38' 2 ¾" mark.