Edit (3/11/19): At the time of print, the full results were incorrectly reported in the women's javelin with Kendall Martin throwing 42.35m (which would have been No. 4 All-Time) instead of 41.35m, effecting the outcome of that event. That mark has since been corrected. Martin still stands at No. 5 on the UCSB All-Time List.
Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara Track and Field would claim team victories on both the men and women's sides at their home meet this past Saturday against both Cal Poly and UC Riverside. A good number of stellar performances came from the women's side in particular with two new entries and one improvement on the UCSB All-Time List, giving them plenty of insurance in the team scoring after losing by just a point last year to Cal Poly.
"It was a great opportunity to compete against conference rivals at home," said Interim Head Track and Field Coach Gray Horn. "We're happy with the win [on both sides], and we'll use it as a stepping stone towards our ultimate goals as a program."
UC Santa Barbara 111 UC Riverside 79
UC Santa Barbara 105 Cal Poly 95
UC Santa Barbara 117 UC Riverside 75
UC Santa Barbara 104 Cal Poly 91
Martin No. 5 All-Time in Javelin, Rosvall No. 10 in 1500m, Palma Improves to No. 7 in Shot Put
True freshman Kendall Martin has sparked a meteoric rise to prominence in the javelin as of late having already thrown 37.09m just last week at the Beach Opener. Martin was expected to possibly make a run for an all-time mark on home soil, but no one save perhaps throws coach Robert Marlow could have predicted what she would go on to do on the runway as she launched the 600g spear out to 41.35m to take second in the competition. A four meter personal best to boot, she would place less than a meter behind 2016 Big West Conference champion Megan Mooney of Cal Poly to put things into perspective. Her mark now stands at No. 5 on the UCSB All-Time List for women's javelin.
Junior Tori Palma pulled triple duty once again in the shot put, discus, and hammer, finishing first in the shot and second in both the hammer and the discus. For the shot in particular she'd go on to set a new personal best by over half a meter in 13.96m, upsetting UC Riverside's Natalie Mitchell who had just set a huge personal best just last week in 14.06m. Palma's winning mark moves her up from tenth all the way to seventh now on the All-Time List.
Redshirt Sophomore Astrid Rosvall was able to pull off the 1500/800 double today absolutely blowing away from both fields in the last laps of each race, clocking 4:25.55 and 2:10.35 respectively. Already on the 800m list from her performance last week at the Beach Opener, she now joins the 1500m list at No. 8, taking down 2018 cross country conference champion Miranda Daschian and 2016 5000m conference champion Katie Izzo in the process who respectively took second and third. Rosvall would lead a slew of Gauchos to new personal bests in the 800m as sophomore Maddie Meade took second in 2:12.96 and redshirt sophomore Bronwyn Bunnell took fourth in 2:14.84.
On the theme of cross country upsets, redshirt freshman Brian Schulz would dominate the men's 5000m in a personal best clocking of 14:30.22, upsetting 2018 cross country conference champion Jake Ritter by nearly five seconds. Following the early pacing duties of teammate Daniel Mountcastle, Schulz would patiently sit behind Ritter and Cal Poly teammate Justin Robison until he'd blow by them with 600m to go, slowly gaping them with each stride to take his first win at 5000m. Schulz would lead teammates junior Yousef Baddour to a season's best time of 14:54.28 and freshman Brandon Cobian to a personal best time of 14:58.05, breaking 15 minutes for his first 5000m on the track.
"It was a good day for the distance squad," remarked distance track coach Darius Terry. "Both sides had multiple qualifying marks for conference, most notably the women with three in the 800m and three in the 5000m. It was really satisfying to see their hard work pay off, especially this early in the season. I'm really looking forward to see how the distance group performs in San Diego [in two weeks time.]"
Sophomore Andrea Anez would lead the Gauchos in the women's 5000m to finish second in a new personal best of 17:39.31. Behind her teammates Sarah MacGregor would take fourth in a personal best time of 17:42.47 and Tori Yanco would take fifth in a season's best 17:42.99, all three hitting conference qualifiers very early in the season.
True freshman Chloe Kimes would win her first ever collegiate race in the 400m hurdles in a new personal best time of 1:03.54, dropping almost a full second off her previous best she set just last week. Junior Ruby Mandell would be narrowly leaned out at the lines by Kimes, finishing second in 1:03.55, a near four second improvement on her season's best.
Junior Josephine Graeber would set an all-conditions best in the long jump to take second place in 5.93m (+2.4 m/s) while freshman teammate Jiana Boston would take third in a new personal best jump of 5.70m (+1.7 m/s).
True freshman Gabriela Sanchez would also triple in the throws, taking fifth in the shot, third in the hammer, and first in the discus with a throw of 43.27m, just taking it over teammate Palma by a meter.
Redshirt Junior Daniel Mountcastle would lead the men's steeplechase to a frontrunning 9:31.30 effort to take first place. He would guide freshman teammate Jack Landgraf through his first ever steeple to take second in 9:31.93.
True freshman Peter Michiels would return to the men's high jump this week to take the win in a new personal best mark of 2.01m. His brother Graham Michiels would end up third behind Cal Poly's Bailey Thayer who had him beat in attempts at 1.95m.
Senior Kordell Hampton would work on some new technical approaches to the hammer and the discus and would take first in both regardless, winning by over five meters in both events with respective marks of 56.28m and 52.93m.
The team will regroup with some quality training time for the next two weeks before they make the trip down to San Diego for the Aztec Invitational. Check back at UCSBGauchos.com for future coverage and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional photos and news.