Moscow, ID- The UCSB Women's Indoor track and field team headed north to compete in two separate meets put on by the hosting University of Idaho Vandals. The Gauchos competed in U of I's Kibbie Dome, which contains a 290m indoor track as well as a football field, a basketball arena and tennis courts. Despite temperatures in the low teens, the Gauchos heated up the dome by placing several athletes in event finals, many going on to record podium finishes.
Friday evening's Vandal Indoor was the season debut for Gaucho sprinter Jennifer Carey in the 400m. Carey picked up her first win of 2014 with a time of 55.37. Dani Moreno and Christine Cooperstein took 6th and 8th in the women's mile, battling with a seasoned group of northwest runners. They finished with times of 5:09.97 and 5:11.48, respectively. Sophomore's Shannon Trumbull and Tori Usgaard qualified for the 60m hurdle final. Trumbull would go on to take 5th with a personal best time of 8.92. Usgaard claimed the 7th spot and had a best of 9.13 in qualifying. Jessica Emde took second in the high jump with a leap of 5'5.
Also making the final for the Gaucho throws squad were Heather Hawes and Kathleen Guzman. Hawes threw a new personal best of 42'11 to take 7th in the shot put. Guzman threw 48'1 to take 7th in the womens weight throw. Earlier in the day, Guzman competed in the women's indoor discus. In the rarely contested event, throwing rubber indoor implements, Guzman finished second with a mark of 131'5. Sophomore Ashley Alama finished third in the women's disc with a mark of 129'8.
Competing in the second meet of the weekend the Gauchos found their stride as they would go on to record seven top-3 finishes. Jennifer Carey came back to finish in second in the 400m behind Liga Velvere, the former multiple time WAC Champion from Idaho. Shannon Trumbull took third in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.03. Dani Moreno and Christine Cooperstein paced their heat and would go on to finish in second and third in a field of 40 runners. Moreno clocked a 10:00.94 and Cooperstein finished in 10:06.67.
Emde would again eclipse the 5'5 mark in the high jump, this time for the win. Usgaard was a bar clearance behind at 5'3, good for second place. Guzman fired off a 15.18m weight toss in the second round. Her 49'9.75 mark held for third place.
Next up for the Gauchos will be the Annual Round-Up on February 22nd at Westmont College in Santa Barbara.