April 18, 2006
With the results all sorted out from the weekend, a few notable performances broke free of Mother's Nature grip on Southen California. Thursday at the Mt. Sac Relays brought 90-degree weather to the track only to have the temperatures cooled down with a continuous downpour on Friday at both the Mt. Sac Relays and the Pomona Invite. Finally on Saturday, nice weather paved the way for the elite sections at Mt. Sac which included two red-shirting Gauchos.
Beginning with Thursday's recap at the Mt. Sac distance carnival, Seanna Martin (Sr.) highlighted the evening. It may have not been an 80's theme night at the Mt. Sac Relays on Thursday night but Martin sure made it seem that way in Walnut, CA in the Women's 5,000m. One of the biggest meets in the United States, the Mt. Sac Relays was one of three meets the Gauchos competed in last week. Heptathletes were in Azusa, the majority of the Men's & Women's team was at the Pomona Invite and those select Gauchos aiming to assert themselves on the national event were at Mt. Sac. Martin moved her way through the field systematically pushing herself up to the national scene running nothing but 80 seconds per lap, setting a personal best by 28 seconds finishing in 16:40.08 and 6th place en route to obtaining an NCAA Regional qualifying mark by 12 seconds. She also moved up to 6th on the UCSB All-Time list and is now ranked second in the Big West behind teammate Megan Lewis (Jr.).
Starting near the back of a pack of 28 she began to move around the mile mark as she went through in 5:20. Hadas Moser (Jr.) also running for the Gauchos started towards the front of the field as she went through the mile a few seconds ahead of her. Six laps into it, Martin found herself in the top fifteen as she came side by side Moser. Two miles went by in 10:40 as she continued her machine like pace work. With four laps remaining she was in a pack of eight. The leader had broken away and the eight were left to chase. As the pack slowed, Martin continued to press moving up to 6th. With a 79 second lap 600m remaining she separated herself a bit moving to fifth where she remained. She closed with another 80 and a new personal best. Unfortunately no official data was collected for Moser, but she finished unofficially in the 17 teens range.
Other notables on Thursday from the Mt. Sac Relays include:
Men's 3,000m Steeplechase University Open, Section 2
Micah Tyhurst (Jr.) - 3rd, 9:08.20 (Seasonal Best, #3 in Big West)
Mike Chavez (Jr.) - 5th, 9:18.32 (Personal Best, #5 in Big West) Chavez slipped on the 5th Water Barrier but still managed to hold on for the last 3 laps of the race.
Women's 1500m Olympic Development University/Open
Bethany Nickless (So.) - 5th, 4:33.88(2006 Personal Best - 4:33.68, #6 in Big West)
Also at the Mt. Sac Relay's:
Men's 1500m Olympic Development University/Open, Section 2
Scott McConville (Sr.) - 9th, 3:50.46 (Seasonal Best, Leads Big West) In his first serious attempt at lowering his own school record and obtaining a NCAA Regional Qualifying mark, McConville came up short but nonetheless still set a Big West leading mark in the 1500m. His splits were as follows: 60. through 400m, 2:02.8 at 800m and 3:05 with a lap remaining. Closing with a 45 second last 300m he just out distanced Reid of Cal Poly SLO in the final 150m to regain the Big West lead in 2006.
Women's 400m Hurdles University Open, Section 3
Stellamarie Hall (Jr.) - 4th, 1:02.35 (2006 Personal Best - 1:01.89, #3 UCSB All-Time & #3 in Big West)
Men's High Jump University Open
Jacob Maus (So.) - 1st, 6-06.75 (2006 Seasonal Best - 6-07.75) A small field entered the High Jump late on Friday with the rains postponing competition. Luckily a break in the weather allowed Maus to outlast the others winning Friday's section of Mt. Sac with 2nd best jump of the season.
Kent Centers (Jr.) - 3rd, 6-06.75 (2006 Seasonal Best)
Men's 800m Invitational Run
Tetlo Emmen, a 2006 Gaucho Red-shirt, entered Saturday's heat with a personal best mark of 1:48.72 which he obtained en route to grabbing All-American status at the 2005 NCAA National Championships. On Saturday he would toe the line against one U.S. Olympian, one NCAA National Champion and other All-Americans. Setting out on a fast pace the first 400m, the leader in U.S. Olympian Khadevis Robinson came through in approximately 50 seconds with Emmen back in 52 seconds. Familiar faces in Jon Rankin of Nike and Rafael Asafo-Agyei of USC, two West Regional competitors, were nearby as they entered the final turn and headed down the homestretch. Emmen able to finish strong set a personal best time of 1:47.90 and a USA National Championships "A" qualifying time for 2006. He finished 6th of nine in a national class field. His mark if run in uniform would have ranked 2nd all-time at UCSB and currently 5th in the NCAA.
Women's Shot Put University Open
Heather Quinn - 2nd, 48-05.25 (Personal Best, Quinn is red-shirting the 2006 season)
Friday's Pomona Invitational Notable Results
Jeff Campbell (Fr.) - 1st in section, 1:54.39 (Set a seasonal best in a downpour)
Robert Handley (So.) - 1:55.32 (Seasonal best also in a downpour, back from an early season injury)
Women's 1500m Run
Liza Hitchner (Fr.) - 4:49.73 (Seasonal Best)
Laura Zung (Sr.) - 4:50.17 (Seasonal Best)
Ashley Drady (Jr.) - 4:51.11 (Seasonal Best)
Men's Shot Put
Matt Barkley (So.) - 2nd, 51-09.75 (Great finish in tough conditions)
Men's Hammer Throw
Jeff Stewart (So.) - 12th, 177-03 (Personal best in again, imperfect conditions; Ranks #10 All-Time at UCSB)
Timothy Delmundo (Fr.) - 151-07 (Personal Best)
John Delaney - 176-02 (A seasonal best for the Gaucho newcomer in abysmal conditions).
Cal Invitational Multi's
On Wednesday and Thursday, at the Cal Invitational Multit's event, Danielle DeBeaubien (Sr.) scored just a few points under career best in the heptathlon with a final score of 4,432 points, a season best. Katie Kramer (Jr.) in just her second heptathlon finished with 4,124 points.