June 3, 2008
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- After competing in the West Regional Championships over the past weekend, three UCSB Athletes were named to the All-West Region list, it was announced Tuesday. Those three athletes are Chris Ashley in the men's 5000m, Danielle Domenichelli in the women's 5000m, and Michael Powers in the men's steeplechase.
To be considered All-Region, the student-athlete must place in the top eight of their respective event, and the student-athlete's institution must be a current paid member of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Ashley earns the recognition after taking third place in the 5000m race on Friday evening. He ran a personal-best of 14:01.59, improving upon his previous best mark of 14:03.26. Ashley advances to the NCAA Championships to be held from June 11 - June 14 in Iowa.
Domenichelli also took third place in the 5000m race, running to a personal-best of 16:28.18. This was Danielle's second appearance at Regionals, having competed in the 1500m last season. She too will compete at the NCAA Championships next week.
The final UCSB athlete to garner the honors was Michael Powers in the men's steeplechase. Powers impressed the steeplechase field by taking fifth place at 8:48.18, after being seeded eighteenth at 9:01.43. Like Ashley and Domenichelli, Powers will be heading to Iowa next week for the NCAA Championships.
Also listed below are the athletes honored as All-Conference. To be recognized as All-Conference, the student-athlete must finish in the top three of their respective event at the Conference Championships.
2008 UCSB All-Big West Conference Athletes
Chris Ashley - men's 5000m
Chris Ashley - men's 10,000m
Tim Aukshunas - men's 10,000m
Salim Benmohamed - men's 800m
Danielle Domenichelli - women's 5000m
Danielle Domenichelli - women's 10,000m
Jane Doolittle - women's high jump
Bethany Nickless - women's steeplechase
Bethany Nickless - women's 5000m
Michael Powers - men's steeplechase
Jeff Stewart - men's shot put
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