Bender and Tsolis Lead Women to Victory at All-UC

Bender and Tsolis Lead Women to Victory at All-UC

La Jolla, Calif. - Hope Bender and Victoria Tsolis each recorded two wins at the All-UC Championship, leading the UCSB women to victory over the host UC San Diego Tritons and visiting UC Irvine. The UCSB women charged out strong, winning the first nine events on the track. Bender pulled off a sprint double, winning the the 100m hurdles and 200m while Tsolis covered the mid-distance, taking wins in the 800m and 1,500m. 

Women's Team Scores

UCSB  169.5
UCSD  123
UCI     83.5 

The UCSB men locked into a thrilling team meet with the UC San Diego Tritons, the reigning CCAA Conference Champions. The Gauchos collected six event wins, including a distance double from George Baier, who won the 3,000m Steeplechase and the 800m but it was the Tritons who pulled off the victory in the end, winning the decisive 4 x 400m relay for a dramatic home win. UCSD tallied seven victories including a new school record in the long jump. 

Men's Team Scores

UCSD  143
UCSB  141
UCI     83.5 


Good, Old Fashioned Racing for the UCSB Women 

Just a freshman, Bender is already putting together an impressive collection of victories. After winning the short hurdles at the Round-Up, Bender took another hurdle win at the All-UC, crossing the line first in 14.31. Her time now moves her to #5 All-Time in UCSB history in the event, in just her second career race. Doubling back in the 200m, Bender covered the first 100m running side by side with the field before showing off her strength over the final 50m, taking the win in 24.82. For her efforts she now ranks #9 in UCSB history in the event. 

Freshman, Erika Foster finished second behind Bender in the 100m hurdles, breaking the tape in 14.41. She moves to #6 All-Time for her effort. Foster also took the win in the 100m, running 12.39 for the Gaucos. 

After a 3,000m win at the Round-Up, Tsolis stepped back down into her mid-distance wheelhouse, winning the difficult 800m and 1,500m double. Now a UCSB grad student, Tsolis showed veteran poise by controlling both races before winning in a final sprint. Tsolis took the 800m victory in 2:14.46 and then came back one hour later to win the 1,500m in 4:37.69. 

UCSB senior Hallie Brauner won the 400m hurdles in 62.68. Brauner held off a duo of surging Tritons over the final 30m, winning an exciting race for the Gauchos. 

Betsy Armitage, a UCSB junior, won the 400m with a strong closing half. Armitage covered the backstretch, running a few meters behind the leaders before driving hard to the line over the final 150m. Her time was 56.95. Sophomore Shamara Carney placed second in 57.24. 

Maxine Goyette showed why she is a conference medalist in the steeple, winning her signature event in 10:53.92, over 30 seconds ahead of her lone competitor. 

The UCSB 4 x 100m relay continued their momentum from the Round-Up, winning in 47.49

Strong Marks From the Field

Melissa Rake got the meet started for the Gauchos in the field, winning the javelin with the fifth best throw of her career, 147'10. The UCSB senior and school record holder collected the tenth win of her career. 

Jessica Emde continued her hot streak in the high jump. Emde won with a leap of 5'8.75 before raising the bar to 6'0, taking attempts at a bar she has looked at in five of her last six meets. This was career win #18 for the Gaucho senior. 

Freshman Jazmin Moss delivered a strong performance for the Gauchos, winning the triple jump with a leap of 37'4 for her second straight win in the event. Moss hit the winning jump on her last attempt. 

Valerie Nestor threw a lifetime best of 171'2 in the hammer to place third. Nestor, a Gaucho junior, moves to #6 All-Time in UCSB history in the event. Kayla O'Brine placed fourth with a throw of 160'6. 

O'Brine delivered a gem in the discus circle as she found a new lifetime best throw of 155'3 to place second overall. The UCSB sophomore is now less than a foot away from the All-Time list in the event. Ashley Alama, a UCSB senior, placed third with a throw of 145'0. 

Men's Recap 

Baier opened the meet for the UCSB men by winning the 3,000m Steeplechase in 9:18.16. The UCSB junior hit his stride early in the race, eventually putting twenty seconds on the field. After the dust had settled, Baier had enough time to cool down and grab a drink before re-warming up for the 800m. There he won a wild sprint finish, crossing the line first in 1:53.24, pulling off a rare Steeple-8 double for the Gauchos. The top-three 800m times were all within one second. 

Anthony Ortolan took the win for the Gauchos in the 1,500m, finishing in 3:57.12. The UCSB senior ran a conservative race but won in a terrific sprint, outlasting UCSB junior Andrew Verdin who placed second in 3:58.91. 

While Ortolan, a longer distance threat for the Gauchos, took a step down for a bout of speed work, UCSB senior Shyan Vaziri moved up to the 3,000m to test his early season strength.

Vaziri's used his smooth stride to clip lap after lap before unleashing splits of 61 and 60 over his final 800m. He won in 8:19.40, now the #5 All-Time performance in school history. 

Vaziri is the UCSB school record holder in the 1,500m. 

UCSB junior Myles McDonald overcame an early scare in the 400m hurdles, narrowly avoiding an errant hurdle from his competitor which traveled into his lane. McDonald, already airborne himself, navigated the obstacle then proceeded to blast the field for the win, finishing in 53.33. 

McDonald later took the baton in anchor for the Gauchos in the 4 x 400m relay. Running out of contact with the rest of the field, McDonald ran his heart out while reeling in the other teams over the final straight. McDonald split 46.7 over the final lap. 

In the field, Parker Curry took the lone win for the Gauchos. Curry, a UCSB sophomore and Big West medalist, won the event with a leap of 15'7. 

Jacob Rennick, a UCSB freshman, placed second in the triple jump with a leap of 45'9.75. 

Stephen Leach led the Gauchos in the throws, placing second in both the hammer and shot put.Leach hit a mark of 170'8 in the hammer then delivered a throw of 50'3 in the shot put.

The Gauchos placed 2-5 in the javelin, led by junior Matthew Kuskey who hit a best throw of 191'9. Big West decathlon champion, UCSB junior Darion Williams, placed third with a throw of 188'9. Freshman Nemo Howe placed fourth with a throw of 187'2. Freshman decathlete Wyatt Thompson-Siporen threw 178'5 for fifth. Thompson-Siporen also placed third in the pole vault with a leap of 14'1.25. 

Riverside-Poly Duals Next 

The Gauchos will again take the track next weekend on Saturday, March 12, for a double dual against host UC Riverside and Cal Poly. Check back with for a meet preview and results.