March 26, 2009

A Pair of Meets On Tap for Gaucho Track and Field

March 26, 2009

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Cal/Nevada Meet Information (external PDF)

The Schedule
Friday March 27 - Saturday March 28, 2009
Stanford Invitational
at Stanford University

Saturday March 28 - Sunday March 29, 2009
Cal/Nevada Championships
at Drake Stadium, UCLA

Last Time
UCSB competed at the USC Trojan Invitational and had success in the field events, with Tamara Thomas and Scott Finley reaching the all-time marks lists. Thomas took second place in the triple jump, recording a mark of 39-1.25 (11.92m) that currently stands as the third-best in UCSB history. The school record of 39-8.75 was set by Chelsea Haverty in 2005. Finley's mark was set in the pole vault, where he cleared 16-0.75 (4.90m) to take fifth place and reach eighth all-time at UCSB. The school record is 16-7, which has been cleared by multiple athletes. Finley's personal best is 16-10, and he hopes to reach that height as a Gaucho to become the record holder.

This Weekend's Meet
The majority of the team will be competing at the Cal/Nevada Championships at UCLA, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday at Drake Stadium. There are over 30 universities sending teams to the meet. Field events will begin at 11:00 a.m. and running events at 1:00 p.m., and there will also be a distance carnival (steeplechase, 5000m, 10,000m) on Saturday evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. Admission to the meet is $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for youths (u-16) and students. Additional information can be found here. (note: external link to PDF file)

This Weekend's Other Meet
Scott Smith and Waleed Totari will head north to compete at the Stanford Invitational on Friday, March 27. Smith is entered in Section 3 of the 5000m, which will gun off at 7:47 p.m. Totari will run in the 10,000m at 9:36 p.m.

Calling On All Former Gauchos!
The UCSB Track & Field and Cross Country program is updating its database of former Gaucho athletes. A new section has been added to the sidebar of the track & field site of UCSBgauchos.com, where team alumni can enter their contact information and preferences. By providing this information, the team will be able to contact you more directly and keep you informed of upcoming activities and events. Fill out the form soon to stay up-to-date with UCSB Track and Field.

On the Record
Barbara Nwaba became the newest Gaucho to set a school record when she earned a score of 4772 at the Sam Adams Heptathlon on March 14. She bettered the previous score of 4767 set by Erika Bornhorst in 1996. Along the way she also set a new personal best in the long jump and had a gutsy performance in the final event. She ran 2:26.3 in the 800m, squeaking under the time necessary to accumulate enough points to break the record. This was Nwaba's first-ever heptathlon, and she strives to make further improvements as the season rolls along.

Moving Forward
The Gaucho throwers fared well at the USC Invitational, with top-5 finishes for Hector Serrano and Michael Guerra. Serrano threw consistently in the shot put and hit a seasonal best of 53-0.25 (16.16m) with his best heave. Guerra also set a seasonal best in his event, the javelin, with his best throw measuring 191-9 (58.46m). Guerra set his lifetime best of 199 feet at last season's Cal/Nevada Championships, and he is slated to compete in the top flight at this weekend's meet.

Up and Over
The pole vaulters had their best weekend of the season so far, with Scott Finley's clearance of 16 feet complimented by a pair of seasonal bests from Tess Balcomb and Jennifer Brown. Both athletes cleared 11-7.75 (3.55m) to take second place in their respective sections. They are currently tied for the fourth-best mark of the season in the Big West.

Middle Ground
Scott Smith and Ryan Martin posted good times last weekend in the middle distance races. Smith became the conference leader in the 1500m with his time of 3:48.28, which is just off his lifetime best. Martin set a new lifetime best in the 800m with a time of 1:52.34, which is currently the fourth-best time in the conference.

Quick Recap: Sam Adams Combined Events, March 13-14
Barbara Nwaba set a new UCSB record in the heptathlon with a score of 4772 points, which also won the meet. In the decathlon, Derek Masterson won the meet with 6463 points in his first multi-event competition.

Quick Recap: Ben Brown Invitational, March 8
At the Ben Brown Invitational at Cal State Fullerton, the Gauchos' Barbara Nwaba and Scott Smith entered the UCSB record books with great early-season performances in their events. Nwaba set a personal best of 14.94 in the 100m hurdles to reach eighth all-time for UCSB, and Smith set a personal best of 14:14.09 in the 5000m to also reach eighth all-time.

Quick Recap: All-Cal Challenge, Feb. 28
The men won the All-Cal Challenge Cup on Feb. 28, finishing with 198.50 points to take the cup from UC Irvine. The team was led by Jason Newland's victories in the 100m (10.90) and 200m (21.93), Scott Smith's victories in the 1500m (3:53.41) and 3000m (8:33.22), and Erik Aardal's victory in the steeplechase (9:36.74). On the women's side, Katie Voigtlander had the Gauchos' best individual performance of the meet by running a personal best of 10:49.82 to win the steeplechase.

Pink Week, March 23-29
In its on-going effort to draw awareness to breast cancer and to promote its research, the UCSB Athletics Department will sponsor "Pink Week" at three of its athletics events on Mar. 28, 2009. Three UCSB intercollegiate events, scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 28, have been designated "Pink Week Games." The women's tennis match, slated for 11:00 a.m. on the Robertson Gymnasium Courts, a softball doubleheader scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. on Campus Diamond, and a 12:00 p.m. women's water polo match at Campus Pool will all be part of the effort. Pink Week is a part of UCSB Athletics' BE Great initiative. For tickets and information call (805) 893-UCSB.

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