WESTMONT, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara track and field team kicked off the Gaucho Round-Up, the first outdoor meet of the season on Saturday, February 18th with a victory for both the men's and women's teams. The men finished with 174.5 points, 60 points ahead of its closest competitor, Westmont College. The women came out on top with 170 total points followed by Westmont with 112 and Pepperdine University with 46.
The Gauchos brought home wins in nearly every event on Saturday at the Westmont College track. In addition, several freshmen made their presence known on the track as well as in the field events. Freshman Michael Aiken took the men's 200m with a time of 22.44 while senior Lauren Kodama placed second with a time of 26.24, Megan Vyenielo coming in at 27.02. Aiken would win the men's 100m sprint as well with his time of 11.17 and Vyenielo finishing third in the 100m with her time of 13.23. Marquis Caldwell ran a new season best of 48.52 in the 400m for a first place finish. Eric Severiano, Nate Harvey, Jimmy Martin, Evan Walker, Patrick Macmullen and Chance Moses would round out the top nine. Cherrelle McMillion would score crucial points for the women in the 400m race, clocking in a time of 57.94.
Jordan Scott ran a new personal record of 1:53.57 in the 800m, coming in first with Nadim Houssain (1:55.29) in third and Sean Schuster (1:58.09) in fifth. Justine Diaz would go on to win the 800m followed closely by Camille Petty (2:20.45) and Alex Grant coming in fifth (2:25.80).
Junior Tyler Brady picked up another first place finish in the men's mile run with a time of 4:15.35 followed by Andrew Farkas (4:19.01) and Senior Ryan Martin in fourth (4:19.01) followed by Anthony Ortolan (4:26.58) and Kenneth Raedel (4:29.65). Andrea Jacobs came in second in the women's mile run (5:03.52) with freshman Alex Grant placing fifth with a time of 5:22.39 and Harper Cooksley finishing in 5:25.80.
The men swept the 3k race with Bhavik Kanzaria's first place time of 8:35.88 followed by Anthony Masci's time of 8:37.44 and Bryce Rausa in third (8:38.13). Freshman Harper Cooksley scored points for the Gauchos with her second place finish in the 3k (10:05.27) followed by Andrea Jacobs with her time of 10:13.72, Christine Cooperstein (10:13.82), Laura Beresford (10:27.27), and Ali Palmer rounding out the top six with her time of 10:28.53.
Sean Johnson won the men's 110m hurdles (14.85) and Josh Codding placed second, clocking in a time of 16.54. Grace Esslinger ran 14.96 in the 100m hurdles, placing first and Cherise Dixon coming in second with a time of 15.90.
The UC Santa Barbara 4x100m men's relay team consisting of Evan Walker, Jacob Vowels, Nate Harvey and Beidi Beer defeated Westmont in a head-to-head race, clocking in 41.79. The women's 4x100m relay team composed of Kelsey Bolden, Jessica Johnson, Lauren Kodama and Grace Esslinger also finished on top with their time of 47.36.
Sean Johnson, Mikael Powers, Chance Moses and Collin Mack made up the men's 4x400m relay team that finished first in a time of 3:18.70. The women's 4x400m relay team made up of Barbara Nwaba, Lauren Kodama, Amanda Rodriguez and Jessica Johnson all contributed to a first place finish.
Mitchell Haag, Max Villalba and Mike Larocca swept the men's high jump event, with Haag's first place mark of 6-8.75, Villalba and Larocca tying for second at 6-6.75. Barbara Nwaba won the women's high jump at 5-10.75 followed by Helena Montin's second place mark of 5-5.
Zachary Logan and Andrew Curry came in first and second for the pole vault event, Logan, a freshman won the event at a clearance of 15-0 and Curry at 14-5.5. Freshmen Cassandra Centofranchi (10-6) and Katie Lee (9-5.75) placed second and third, respectively in the pole vault.
Chris Brooks won the men's long jump despite going against a headwind of 1.9. Brooks mark of 21-7.5 was followed by John Walsh in second at 21-5, Mikael Powers in fourth (21-0.25) and Arthur Dyson in fifth (20-7.25). The Gauchos picked up a win on the women's side as well with Tayler Williams winning the event with her mark of 17-9 and Veronica Gines in second with a mark of 17-4.25. Williams would also go on to win the triple jump at 38-0.75. Karlon Johnson finished second in the triple jump (44-7.5) and Arthur Dyson in third (42-7.25).
Freshmen Kyle Strawn made his presence known in the shot put after winning the event with his mark of 50-2.5. Derek Masterson and Mikael Powers would finish in third and fourth, respectively. Alex Francis won the women's side with her farthest heave measuring 41-8.75, Alyssa Manning's farthest mark at 38-3.25 and Heather Hawes throwing 35-4.75.
Adam Shigem clinched a first place win in the discus, his farthest throw measuring 157-4.75 followed by Josh Scherer with his mark of 144-8.75, Derek Masterson's mark of 141-4.25. Chris Hamilton (141-3.75), Julian Samson (140-10.5), Emil Mejares (138-10.5), and Albert Hughes (137-6.75) would round up with top seven places. The women would sweep the top three spots in the discus with Kathleen Guzman picking up a win with her mark of 135-2.5, Heather Hawes in second (129-8), and Alyssa Manning in third (116-8).
Senior Michael Guerra won the javelin with his mark of 196-10.25. Mikael Powers threw 148-0.5 and Albert Hughes threw 132-10.25. Grace Esslinger picked up another first place finish in the javelin, her farthest mark at 131-6 and Jen Melton throwing 108-8.75. Chris Hamilton's hammer throw mark of 180-3.75 was good for a first place finish. Josh Scherer would come in second (176-11), Adam Shigem in third (172-1.75), followed by Kyle Strawn (148-0) and Emil Mejares for fifth place (135-0.5). The women's hammer throw event was won by Alex Francis' mark of 158-10. Veronica Gines' farthest mark was 143-11.75 and Kathleen Guzman followed behind with her mark of 138-3.5.
Overall, a very successful first outdoor meet of the season with a bright outlook on the rest of the season. The Gauchos will return to the track in two weeks for the All-UC meet hosted by UC Irvine on March 3, 2012.