Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara Track and Field opened up their 2019 outdoor season this past weekend against Westmont and Pepperdine at the annual Gaucho Round-up, their first of many home meets for the year with the Gaucho women taking the team victory with 171 points while the men were second to Westmont 169 to 150. The performances on the day faced some adversity with gusting headwinds peaking to near 25 miles per hour during the meet, but plenty of Gauchos were able to accumulate a few individual wins on home soil along with some personal best marks for a nice start to the season.
Junior Tori Palmaand true freshman Gabriela Sanchezwould swap 1-2 placings in two events with Palma winning the shot put while Sanchez covered the discus win. Sanchez would set personal bests in both events (45.22m in the discus and 12.23m in the shot) while Palma would find herself cracking the UCSB All-Time list for the first time in the shot put, her throw of 13.46m placing right at No. 10 by just 0.05m.
Senior Cassidy Pengfound herself hitting farther down the triple jump pit to win just past 12 meters in a mark of 12.01m. Though the 3.5 m/s tailwind will nullify the mark for record purposes, 12.01m would be just at No. 6 for the Gauchos on the all-time list.
Senior Josephine Graeberwould take two first place finishes in both the long jump and the high jump, leading 1-3 Gaucho finishes in both events. Her long jump mark of 5.83m (+2.3 m/s) is the second farthest jump of her career under all conditions.
Redshirt sophomore Astrid Rosvall would take a commanding victory in the mile with a time of 4:55.82, leading from start to finish. Teammate Katie Camarenawould swipe second place in the final 100m in a time of 5:09.00.
Junior Callan Cochran turned some heads during the men's 100m with an amazing display of raw speed by taking the victory with a time of 10.51 seconds, just .04 faster than the school record set by Gaucho alum Sike Azu-Irondi back in 2017. To Cochran's misfortune the wind reading was over the allowable limit at 2.6 m/s, meaning the mark will not be considered for record purposes, but it will be seen as the second fastest 100m mark in Gaucho history under all conditions, just behind alum Evan Walker's 10.50 (+2.1 m/s) from 2013.
Redshirt freshman Brian Schulz gave the crowd quite a show by dominating the men's 3000m in 8:32.99. After missing all of last track season due to injury, the All-Conference finisher from cross country was excited to return to the red oval by leading the race from start to finish, building as much as a 50m lead midrace over the rest of the field. Sophomore Nick Randazzo would aide Schulz in completing a 1-2 finish by taking second in 8:37.19 after doubling earlier in the meet in the full mile.
The high jump saw a rare battle of siblings as freshman duo Peter and Graham Michiels went 1-2 to fittingly identical personal bests in 2.00m, Peter claiming victory by clearing 2.00m in fewer attempts than Graham. Fifth year senior Tyler Nelson also joined in on the fun by finishing third in a new personal best of 1.95m after sitting out all of 2018.
Senior Kordell Hampton achieved double victories in both the shot put (15.89m) and the hammer (54.36m), leading a Gaucho 1-6 finish in the hammer.
Sophomore George Harris led a throws crew of his own in the discus with a 1-4 finish, leading with a throw of 48.21m.
Lastly, Sophomore Chase Tarr would win the javelin fighting some uncooperative wind conditions with a throw of 49.53m.
The Gauchos will be competing next at the Long Beach Opener in two weeks time on March 2nd. Check back at UCSBGauchos.com for future coverage and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional photos and news.