March 29, 2009
LOS ANGELES -- A second Gaucho has qualified for Regionals, as Scott Finley cleared 16-6.75 (5.05m) in the pole vault at the Cal/Nevada Championships.
Finley started with a miss but only needed two more jumps to clear the Regional bar, getting over his starting height of 4.90m on his second attempt and then clearing 5.05m on his first attempt. Finley's vault moves him up to third all-time for the Gauchos and earns him a spot in the field for the NCAA West Regionals.
In the women's field events, Barbara Nwaba continued her strong season by setting a new personal best in the high jump. She cleared 5-7 (1.70m) on her third and final attempt, which places her in a tie for seventh on the Gaucho all-time high jump list. She is now within striking distance of the Regional bar of 1.75m.
Ryan Martin and Jeff Campbell competed in the finals of the men's 800m, with Martin taking third at 1:53.26 and Campbell taking fifth at 1:54.43. Campbell also competed in the 1500m and took 12th at 3:54.76.
In the throws, Hector Serrano was fourth in the shot put with a mark of 53-0 (16.15m), which came on his third attempt. Irene Kujore improved her discus mark by throwing 148-4 (45.21m), which is good for eighth on the Gaucho all-time discus list.
The women's 4x400m relay squad made a significant improvement this weekend, running 3:50.74 to shave nearly six seconds off their previous seasonal best.
The Gauchos scored 40 points on the men's side to finish ninth, and 25.50 points on the women's side to finish 16th. UCLA won both meets, with scores of 164.50 for the men and 215.50 for the women.
The Gauchos take a short trip up the central coast next weekend for the Cal Poly Invite.
Earlier this year UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity, and social awareness, along with ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.
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