Long Beach, Calif. - Periodic rain and headwinds would lead to inconsistent performances for the Gauchos along with other teams in attendance at the Beach Opener, but the meet would continue its course and UC Santa Barbara would soldier on in spite of the uncooperative weather.
"The conditions could have been better with the rain, but we kept our positive spirit and competed to the Gaucho Standard," remarked Interim Head Track and Field Coach Gray Horn. "We had quite a few conference qualifiers and many lifetime bests. I'm looking forward to seeing this squad develop."
Rosvall No. 8 All-Time in 800m; Graeber Moves Up to No. 7 All-Time in Long Jump
A lull in the pouring rain would give redshirt sophomore Astrid Rosvall the right opportunity just in the knick of time to bust out a quick 800m, posting up the fastest time of the day at 2:10.29. She'd gap the field by 200m and would put on an astounding solo effort, leading the entire race and winning by over 6 seconds, her teammate Bronwyn Bunnell finishing the Gaucho 1-2 with a personal best clocking of her own at 2:16.66. Rosvall now sits at No. 8 on the UCSB All-Time List for the event.
Junior Josephine Graeber put on quite a show in the women's long jump, also catching a lucky break with the rain and leaping all the way out to 5.90m, a new personal best to win the competition. She'd lead fellow Gauchos Cassidy Peng (5.62m) and Sabina Dayal (5.50m) to a 1-2-3 finish in the process. With that small improvement, Graeber now moves up from No. 8 to a three way tie for No. 7 on the All-Time List with former Gauchos Austin Ashanti (1997) and Jodi Bailey (1999).
Other Event Highlights
The women's 3000m would have a Gaucho 1-2 finish with junior Katie Camarena and senior Tori Yanco finishing in 10:10.60 and 10:21.29 despite some midrace mishaps at the finish line, the lap counter displaying the wrong numbers on how many laps they had left.
Freshman duo Vanessa Howard and Chloe Kimes would garner some attention in the 400m hurdles with Kimes taking fourth in heat one with a personal best of 1:04.38 while Howard would win heat two in 1:05.27, also a personal best.
Junior Tori Palma would end up winning the second flight of the women's hammer throw with a new personal best mark of 49.42m, adding nearly 4.5 meters on her previous best from last year.
True freshman Kendall Martin would take fourth in the women's javelin to set a personal best mark of 37.09m, adding 3.5 meters to her new best. Her current trajectory in the event has her sitting just 0.75m off getting onto the women's all-time list for the event.
Senior Kordell Hampton was vigilant in conquering the elements today, taking first in the discus, third in the shot put, and fourth in the hammer throw over the course of the two day meet. Despite an absolutely flooded ring in the discus, Kordell would still launch his disc all the way out to 54.71m. To put that into perspective, that mark still eclipses previous school record holder Mike Wilmer's throw of 54.22m back in 1984.
Junior Ryan Morgan would take his first ever collegiate victory in the 100m, winning the first heat in a wind aided 10.96 (+2.4 m/s).
Junior Ramon Flores would tackle the rain head on to win heat two of the men's 1500m in 4:04.77, leading the entire race from the gun.
Sophomore Samuel Pica would end up breaking seven meters for the first time in the long jump by putting up a mark of 7.07m. He'd also win his heat of the men's 110m hurdles on the day in 15.80.
The men's 4x400m relay squad consisting of Stephen Garcia, Elijah Hodge, Samuel Pica, and Tyler Nelson would put on a clean display in the event to take the win in 3:15.43. Pica would put up the fastest split of the day unofficially putting down a 47.9 clocking.
Finally with the meet coming to a close, true freshman Glenn Mbamo would have an enthusiastic crowd behind him as he won the triple jump in a season's best mark of 14.12m, winning by less than a tenth of a meter.
UC Santa Barbara will have two meets to look out for this weekend with the Cal Poly/UC Riverside Tri-Meet taking place at home this Saturday and Hope Bender travelling all the way to Alabama for the NCAA Indoor National Championships for the pentathlon on Friday. Check back at UCSBGauchos.com for future coverage and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional photos and news.