April 21, 2007
April 21, 2007
Junior Mike Powers was the winner of his section of the steeplechase at the Oregon Invite in Eugene, OR. Powers crossed the line in a lifetime best 9:11.36 and moved up to 6th on the Big West list. Three more personal bests were achieved in Oregon for seniors J.D. Krawczyk, Megan Lewis and Christie Farson. Krawczyk, a 2006 cross country All-American, ran 14:08.87 in the 5000 meters for third on the Big West list, 5th All-Time UCSB and a regional qualifier. Lewis moved up to fifth on the Big West list, 9th All-Time UCSB in the 1500 meters with her regional qualifying 4:27.24. Not to be outdone Farson moved to 5th All-Time UCSB in the 3000 steeplechase with a strong finish for 11:02.82 that currently sits third in the Big West.
Senior Eugene Bradley and Junior Jeff Stewart had huge days in the throws at the Triton Invitational. The two throwers, who had been plagued all season by injuries, showed they are back to health with two personal bests. Bradley threw 211' 06" in the hammer for third place and moved up to No. 17 on the national list. In the shot put, Stewart's throw of 56' 11.5" was a six-inch lifetime best as he now sits third on the Big West list.
Also in the field at Triton were personal bests by freshman Christina Nowak and Ingrid Sutherland. Nowak cleared 5' 5.75" in the high jump for ninth place overall while Sutherland threw 141' 0" in the discus for No.9 All-Time UCSB. In the pole vault, Sophomore Stephen Horrell and Junior Brian Rother both cleared 15' 3", a lifetime best for Horrell and a season best for Rother. Also in the pole vault, Senior Heidi Nyberg equaled her personal best of 12' 2" just missing the regional mark of 12' 5.5". Junior high jumper David Hoff also just missed the regional mark with a 2nd place showing and a leap of 6' 8.75".
On the track at Triton, Sophomore Jason Newland ran a personal best and conference-qualifying 21.98 in the 200 meters. Seniors Carter Phelps and Art Avitia also ran conference-qualifying times as Phelps finished the steeplechase in 9:38.28 and Avitia the 5000 meters in 14:57.53.
Up next for the Gauchos is the Battle for the Central Coast as the Dual Meet against Cal Poly is this Saturday, April 28th, starting at noon.