San Diego, Calif. - The UCSB Men took home their 5th straight All-Challenge Cup title while the women finished in second, trading off the lead all afternoon with eventual winner UC San Diego. Competing against two Big West opponents, UC Riverside and UC Irvine as well as host UCSD, the Gauchos picked up 12 individual event wins.
UC San Diego 179
UC Riverside 125
UC Irvine 100
UC San Diego 221
UC Irvine 122
UC Riverside 76
Vaziri and Brady Double Up
Junior Shyan Vaziri completed the sweep of the 800m and 1500m for the fifth time in his career. In the 1500m, sophomore Bryan Guijarro set the early pace at 62 seconds after the first quarter. The pack locked on Guijarro's heels with UC San Diego's Carlos Bojorquez running close behind after 800m. At the half-mile mark Shyan Vaziri, running 4th in the chase pack, hit the gas and dropped the hammer, firing off a 56 second third lap, effectively stringing out the field of 14. Vaziri went on to win in 3:46.74 looking comfortable in his closing sprint. Coming back from a distant third, Senior Tyler Brady charged in with 300m to go, showing off his smooth form to grab second in 3:49.74. Freshman Andrew Verdin took the fourth spot in 3:53.27, a fine opening performance. Vaziri and Guijarro would meet again in the 800m where they had identical 1-2 finishes. Vaziri in 1:52.20. Brady in 1:53.53. Finishing in 5-6-7 were a trio of freshman George Baier, Jack Morgenson and Andrew Verdin, running 1:55.21, 1:55.25 and 1:55.83 respectively.
Shannon Trumbull picked up where she left off at the Gaucho Round-Up running a new 14.31 PR in the 100m hurdles. Combined event specialist Tori Usgaard ran a 14.66, giving the Gauchos the top two spots in the event. In the Men's 110m High Hurdles, Sean Johnson charged out of the blocks and grabbed the win in 14.52. Freshman Brendan Weaver added valuable team points with a fourth place, 15.20 effort. In the 400m hurdles, Freshman Hallie Brauner picked up her first collegiate win with a 62.19 one lap showing. Trumbull would finish second behind Brauner in 63.86.
Person and Hughes Pickup Hammer Wins
Junior Hanna Person, a transfer from Lane Community College in Eugene, picked up her second hammer win of the season with a new lifetime best heave of 162'4. Person would later go onto to establish a new PR in the discus with a throw of 136'8. On the men's side, Albert Hughes marked a 180'3 effort to take the win against a stellar field, which had some trouble adjusting to the near perfect conditions. There were 22 recorded fouls out of 9 throwers.
Something's Buzzing in the 3k's
Bryan Guijarro won the 3000m in 8:29.14. Guijarro traded position throughout the race with two UC Irvine runners before closing the door on the last lap. Guijarro also doubled earlier in the day by running the 1500m, finishing 5th in 3:54.21. Austin Goodheart won his first 3000m steeplechase race of the year with a fine 9:17.87 performance. Finishing close behind was sophomore Adam Avila with a 9:20.88, giving the Gauchos the top two placings in the event to start the day on the track. On the women's side, Maxine Goyette won the 3000m steeplechase running 11:03.37.
Sevi's Amping Up
Eric Severiano, a key piece to the Gaucho relay efforts, made a clear statement that his 7th place 400m finish at last year's Big West Championship would be a glimpse of things to come. Severiano took the win in the men's 400m with a 49.30 performance. Severiano also took the baton for the Gaucho's in the men's 4 x 400m and ran a gutsy anchor leg on a short staffed relay crew.
Jessica Emde outlasted the field of 11 in the women's high jump to take the win with a leap of 5'4.25. Tori Usgaard found the jump she's been looking for in the women's long jump. The talented heptathlete came from 6th place on her last jump to second after an 18'7.25 PR effort. Melissa Rake took second in the Javelin with a toss of 127'1. Kathleen Guzman took a valuable second late in the day in the women's discus with a mark of 139'1.