Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara is slated to have its second home meet at the Pauley Track against Big West Conference rivals Cal Poly and UC Riverside this Saturday. This will be the sixth time UCSB and UC Riverside will be facing off in the past seven years at this meet with Cal Poly joining the dual back in 2015. The competition will begin at 12:00 pm with the men's hammer throw as the first field event while running events will commence at 1:30 pm starting with the women's 3000m steeplechase. The meet will be scored in double dual format with points following a 5-3-2-1 scoring scheme with two per team scoring in individual events. Relays will be scored 5-2.
Meet Day Parking
On campus parking is available by the track in Lot 25 across from the Student Health Center as well as Lot 30 off of Stadium Road by Caesar Uyesaka and Harder Stadium. An on campus map is available at this link for more information along with other lots that will be available on the weekend.
Gauchos to Watch
Redshirt sophomore Astrid Rosvall currently stands at No. 1 in the Big West Conference in the 800m thanks to her 2:10.29 clocking at the Beach Opener last week. Along with her 4:55.92 full mile from the Gaucho Round-Up, she will be effectively leading the Gauchos in the distance events at the tri meet as she's scheduled to double in both the 1500m and 800m. Joining Rosvall in the 1500m/800m will be junior teammate Katie Camarena who won the 3000m last week in 10:10.60. The 1500m in particular should be a close affair with as Cal Poly's Katie Izzo and Miranda Daschian are also entered in the meet, both having finished within the top three at the 2018 Big West Cross Country Championships for 6000m with Daschian taking the individual title.
Freshman duo Chloe Kimes and Vanessa Howard were able to drop some decent clockings in the 400m hurdles last week with respective marks of 1:04.38 and 1:05.27, Kimes finishing fourth in heat one and Howard taking the win in heat two. Being the top seeds in this event, it should turn into an interesting intra team battle as Kimes was able to beat Howard in their first encounter at the Gaucho Round-Up.
Junior Tori Palma has been coming off some stellar improvements lately with personal bests in the shot put as well as the hammer throw in the past three weeks. She will be competing in both those events this weekend as well as the shot put, her main competition coming from UC Riverside's Natalie Mitchell in the shot put, who was sixth at the conference meet in that event in 2018, and Cal Poly's Allison Scranton, who was third in the discus at the 2018 conference meet. True Freshman Gabriela Sanchez should provide some input as well in the discus thanks to her 45.22m winning throw at the Gaucho Round-Up.
Freshman Kendall Martin inched closer to the UCSB all-time list in the javelin last week with her throw of 37.09m at the Beach Opener. With less than a meter separating her from the No. 10 spot, the predicted winds on Saturday could give the young Gaucho a gentle nudge to another personal best which may possible make the list.
Senior Kordell Hampton has been starting this year on a high note with his impressive triple in the throws last week, taking first in the discus, third in the shot put, and fourth in the hammer throw. He's currently ranked first in the Big West Conference in the discus thanks to his mark of 54.71m at the Beach Opener. He may aim to surpass that mark this weekend, hopefully with a less flooded throwing ring to impede his efforts.
Junior Ryan Morgan was able to capture his first collegiate win in the 100m last weekend in a 10.96 clocking. Homefield advantage could come into play if he plans to continue that momentum in the tri meet.
The 4x400m relay is without fail a highlight for any meet when Big West schools are squaring off, and with the men throwing down a 3:15.43 last weekend, currently the No. 1 mark in the Big West Conference, to beat UC Irvine and Long Beach at last week's invitational, this could be a must watch event if Cal Poly and UC Riverside are close in points to the Gauchos for the team victory.
True freshman Glenn Mbamo has been a solid addition to the Gaucho men as of recent, winning his last two triple jump competitions this year with a season's best mark of 14.12m. He'll be clashing with a familiar face this weekend in the likes of Cal Poly's Bailey Jones, both of whom were finalists in the triple jump at the California State Meet last year. Jones had gotten the best of Mbamo last year finishing just one place ahead of him at the state meet in ninth place, but the Big West Conference welcomes change as the two clash once again at the collegiate level.
Though they competed in separate events last week, the Michiels brothers will be headlining the high jump once again this weekend for the tri meet, giving Graham a shot at revenge after Peter got the best of him in this event at the Gaucho Round-Up. They'll be closely followed by Cal Poly's Bailey Thayer, who owns an identical personal best height of 2.00m.
Lastly, the long distance runners are in for a special treat Saturday as the usual 3000m race for the tri meet has been upgraded to 5000m, giving everyone a shot at an early Big West Conference qualifying mark. Redshirt freshman Brian Schulz will be leading the Gauchos having won the 3000m at the Gaucho Round-Up along with redshirt junior Daniel Mountcastle and junior Yousef Baddour close behind, Baddour having run a season's best mark of 8:37.90 at the Beach Opener. This event could serve as a runback from 2018's conference meet in cross as Cal Poly has the likes of Justin Robison, Ben Holland, and Jake Ritter, the individual conference cross country champion, are scheduled to run as well.
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