Nwaba in Fourth After Day One of U.S. Olympic TrialsRecent UC Santa Barbara graduate Barbara Nwaba had a strong opening day on Friday in the women’s heptathlon at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. The collegiate All-American currently sits in fourth place with 3,736 points, which is just 26 points out of third place and 212 out of first.
Martin, Nwaba Head to U.S. Olympic TrialsTwo recent UCSB graduates will be competing in the 2012 Olympic Track and Field Trials, which begin on June 21 and end on July 1, and take place at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Nwaba Headlines Big West All American SelectionsIrvine, Calif. - Led by Barbara Nwaba, four Big West track and field athletes were named to the annual USTFCCCA All-America First Team following their success at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, last week. Three additional student-athletes received All-America Second Team honors and five field participants were placed on the All-American Honorable Mention list.
Nwaba Holds On to Second Place after Day One at NCAA ChampsDES MOINES, Iowa-- Barbara Nwaba currently holds on to second place after day one of the heptathlon event at the NCAA Division 1 Championships at Drake Stadium. Nwaba capped off day one with a total of 3,596 points while Oregon's Brianne Theisen holds the lead with 3,803 points.
Ryan Martin Punches His Ticket to NCAA ChampionshipsRyan Martin blazed through the 800m semi-finals on Saturday to qualify for the NCAA Divsion 1 Championships June 6-9 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Martin had the second fastest time, crossing the finish with a time of 1:47.49. Ricky West of the University of Missouri had the fastest semi-finals time at 1:46.65.
Big West Honors Barbara Nwaba As Field Athlete of the YearThe ballots from the Big West Conference Office came in on Wednesday, declaring Barbara Nwaba as the 2012 Big West Female Field Athlete of the Year and Head Coach Pete Dolan as the Big West Women's Co-Coach of the year. Dolan shares the honors with UC Davis' head coach Drew Wartenburg who lead his women's team to their first Big West title.
Track & Field Head Coach Pete Dolan Named Big West Men & Women Coach of the YearThe UCSB track and field team picked up several post Big West Conferece awards on Wednesday with UCSB Head Coach Pete Dolan being named Big West Coach of the Year on both the men's and women's side. In addition, Barbara Nwaba was named Big West Field Athlete of the Year while Shyan Vaziri was awarded co-Big West Freshman Male Athlete of the Year.
Gaucho Women Eked Out by UC Davis in Big West ChampionshipThe UCSB women's track and field team put up a hard-faught weekend of competition and came extremely close to winning their first Conference team title in several decades. Unfortunately, the women were separate by 0.5 points from this year's 2012 Big West Champions, UC Davis who scored a combined team total of 170 points.
Gauchos Head Into Big West Conference Championships With Their Eyes on the PrizeThe UCSB Gauchos will head down to UC Irvine's Anteater Stadium this weekend for the remainder of the Big West Conference Championships, May 11-12. Last year Long Beach State University won the men's division while the California State University-Northridge won the women's division. The Gauchos are looking in pretty good shape and hungrier than ever to reclaim their title.
Gaucho Women Defeat Cal Poly, Nwaba Secures Three Individual VictoriesNotable performances today were highlighted by Barbara Nwaba who competed in the 100m hurdles, high jump and javelin events, and winning all three in clear fashion. In the throws, Irene Kujore had a great performance winning both the shot put and discus events while Alex Umstead lead the men's hammer throw and shot put events. Mitchell Haag captured another victory in the high jump while the vertical jumps were lead by John Walsh in the long jump and Arthur Dyson in the triple jump. In the running events, Ryan Martin highlighted the 400m for a new lifetime best time while Shyan Vaziri lead the men's 1,500m and breaking another PR.
Barbara Nwaba: A Great ExampleNo one represents the Gaucho blue and gold better than Barbara Nwaba. As a fifth year senior heptathlete for UCSB Track and Field she finds herself ranked No. 1 in NCAA and holds the school record for the heptathlon.
Kujore Wins Shot Put, Leads Gaucho Women at Bryan Clay InviteThe majority of the UCSB track and field team competed on Friday at the Bryan Clay Invite in Azsua, Calif. with two victories, one on the women's and one on the men's side. On Friday, two Gaucho middle distance runners competed at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.
Nwaba Picks Up Second-Consecutive Big West Athlete of the Week AwardThe Big West Conference voted Senior Barbara Nwaba Big West Female Field Athlete of the week earlier today for her performances this past weekend at the Big West Challenge Cup. For the second-consecutive week, Nwaba has earned Big West honors in the javelin and the 100-meter hurdles. The Los Angeles native who specializes in multi-events like the indoor pentathlon and the outdoor heptathlon won botht he high jump (5-9.75) and the javelin (131-9). She also placed second in the 100m hurdles, clocking in a time of 13.82.
Women Come Out Firing To Defend Big West Challenge TitleDespite having the meet rescheduled due to weather conditions, Gaucho women got off to a great start and defended their Big West Challenge title at the Titan track on Sunday while the Gaucho men finished second to Long Beach State. Among the other schools at the meet were UC Irvine and host CSU Fullerton.
Rain, Rain, Go Away: Big West Challenge Postponed Till SundayDue to less than ideal weather conditions, the 20th annual Big West Challenge which was slated to start on Friday has been postponed until Sunday, Apr. 15. There were be a new revised schedule with start times all three hours earlier. The field events will kick off with the hammer throw at 11:30am on Sunday. The first track event will be the 3000 meter steeplechase which will begin on 2 p.m. on Sunday
Barbara Nwaba Breaks Big West Heptathlon Record, Ranked Number 1 in NationBarbara Nwaba continued to light up the track at the Sam Adams Invitational last week with her new Big West Conference record breaking score of 5986 in the heptathlon. Nwaba won Big West Conference Athlete of the Week awards for her performance and is currently nationally recongized as number one in the entire nation. The Los Angeles native has qualified for an automatic spot in the NCAA Championships later this season.
Nwaba, Masterson Shine at Sam Adams Multi-Events MeetUC Santa Barbara senior Barbara Nwaba broke the all-time Big West Conference record in the record in the heptathlon with a score of 5,986 at the Sam Adams Multi-Events Meet last week at Westmont College. Nwaba’s score ranks her at No. 1 in the NCAA and surpassed the Olympic Trials A Standard and hit the Olympic Games B standard.
Gauchos Compete at Stanford InvitationalUC Santa Barbara traveled to Palo Alto last weekend to compete in the 2012 Stanford Invitational. The meet, held Friday and Saturday, April 6 & 7, included hundreds of outstanding athletes.
Sam Adams Invitational Features World Champions & Olympic HopefulsSome of the worlds greatest athletes will be converging in Santa Barbara for the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational held on April 2–3 at Westmont College. The Sam Adams Invitational is named for legendary UC Santa Barbara Track & Field coach Sam Adams who passed away in 2010. This year’s field includes a star studded cast of past Olympians, World Record holders, World Champions, National Champions and NCAA Champions.
Gauchos Roll at Cal Poly InviteThe UC Santa Barbara Track and Field team spent their first weekend of spring break tearing it up in the Cal Poly Invitational at Cal Poly. The men’s team recorded 141.5 points to top the home team, Cal Poly, which secured 135 points. They were followed by in by Fresno State’s 77.5 third place and Cal State Bakersfield 25 point fourth. The women also blew away the competition scoring 98 points followed again by Cal Poly who ended with 79. Fresno managed a close third with 75 points while Cal St. bakersfield brought up fourth place with 39 points and Running Divas posted one point for fifth and last place.
Gauchos Claim Several Individual Victories at Riverside Dual MeetWhile Barbara Nwaba was competing at the NCAA Indoor Championships, the rest of the Gaucho Track and Field headed down to UC Riverside to compete in a dual meet. After seven long years, UC Riverside hosted its first home meet following the renovation of its new track.
Nwaba NCAA Indoor Champs Bound, Rest of the Gauchos Head to Riverside This WeekendBarbara Nwaba will head to Nampa, Ida. this weekend to compete in her second NCAA Indoor Championships in the pentathlon. Nwaba's score of 4,244 that she earned at the University of Washington meets the 'A' standard and automatically qualifies her to compete in the Indoor Championships. Nwaba is currently ranked second in the nation behind University of Oregon's Brianne Theisen.
Gauchos Come Out On Top at All-UC Meet, Breaking Several Meet RecordsSeveral of the University of California schools descended upon Anteater Stadium on Saturday, March 3rd for the All-UC Meet, the first Big West Conference meet of the 2012 outdoor season. The Gauchos finished first on both the men’s and women’s side—the men’s team dominating the meet with a total of 224 points and the women capturing 185 total points.
Gauchos Head to Irvine for All-UC MeetThe Gauchos will head to Irvine, Calif. for the All-UC meet, hosted by Anteater Stadium. The All-UC meet will mark the first official Big West Conference outdoor meet of the 2012 season.