IRVINE, Calif.--The UCSB women track and field team got off to a great start after day one of the Big West Conference Championship held at UC Irvine's Anteater Stadium. Several women claimed Big West Conference titles and knocked down personal as well as school records. The women currently have the lead with a total of 73 points after seven events and ahead of Long Beach State University who has 51 points.
Senior Barbara Nwaba had a standout performance today, winning two Big West awards and broke a school record. Earlier in the day Nwaba picked up a second place award in the javelin where she threw a lifetime best of 144-2. Nwaba was then honored for her Big West Conference title in the heptathlon last weekend where she score 5,709 points to beat the Multi-Event Conference record preivously held by Sharon Day in 2008. She wrapped up her first day of competition with a personal record in the 100m hurdles, running a lifetime best of 13.62 and beating her own school record by more than half a second.
The record continued to fall with Jenn Carey running a lifetime best of 12.18 in the 100m while Grace Esslinger finished close behind in 12.34. Esslinger would go on to pick up a third place conference title in the javelin with a toss of 131-7. Carey also competed in the 200m (24.97). Amanda Rodriguez qualified for the 400m hurdles with her time of 62.20.
Camille Petty qualified for the 400m finals with her time of 56.63 in the third heat. Justine Diaz finished first in the 800m trials, clocking in 2:09.75 and will move on to compete in the finals tomorrow.
Cassie Brooker had a great day, qualifying for the 1,500m finals after placing fourth (4:39.13). Megan Petkovic qualified for the finals as well with her time of 4:40.11. Dani Moreno placed fourth in conference after running the 10k finals in a time of 36:37.63. Christine Cooperstein finished fifth (36:44.10) and a new lifetime best and Ali Palmer running 37:10.67.
The finals of the women's 3k steeplechase was another spectacle that produced two Big West titles for the Gauchos. Andrea Jacobs had a strong hold of the lead for the majority of the race but Jessica Barnard of Long Beach State was able to pull ahead on the last lap. Jacobs finished second in the conference with her time of 10:30.73 and Cassie Brooker in third 10:38.26. Ari Selix crossed the line in 10:50.65 and Jessica Chadwick in 10:51.94.