Samantha Ruggles
Samantha Ruggles
Year: Senior
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
High School: St. Francis HS
Position: Throws

2017-2018 Track

Competed in eleven meets for her third year. Set a personal best in the hammer at the Big West Challenge where she threw 46.00m (150' 11"). Threw the discus for the first time in her collegiate career at the UCSD Triton Invitational where she hit a mark of 40.48m (132' 10"). Pulled triple duty at the Cal Poly Dual where she took second in the shot put and a pair of third place finishes in the discus and hammer, setting a personal best in the hammer in particular with a throw of 48.04m (157' 7"). Finished her season clutch double at the Big West Conference Championships where she finished seventh in the discus and fifth in the shot put, setting personal best marks of 43.14m (141' 6") and 13.61 (44' 8") respectively. Atter throwing past 13m only once leading up to the conference meet, Ruggles' mark of 13.61m catapulted her all the way to No. 8 on the UCSB All-Time List for the shot put. 

2016-2017 Track

Competed nine times for her sophomore campaign. Started the year with a new personal best in the shot put and an event debut in the hammer throw at the Gaucho-Round Up, throwing 12.97m (42' 7") and 40.30m (132' 3") respectively. Would erase that previous shot put best just a few weeks later by placing third at the All-UC Challenge, throwing 13.16m (43' 2 1/2"). Finally settled on her best throw in the shot for the season at 13.30m (43' 8") at the UCLA Legends Invite, while setting her hammer throw best less than a week later at the Big West Challenge Cup, throwing 45.87m (150' 6"). Ruggles would take a pair of fourth place finishes in the shot put at the Big West Challenge Cup and the Cal Poly Dual Meet. She concluded the season with a 13th place finish in the shot put at the Big West Conference Track and Field Championships.  

2015-2016 Track

Competed in seven competitions for her freshman debut as a Gaucho. Started off with a pair of fifth place finishes at the Gaucho Round-Up and the All-UC meet in the shot put. Also took second in the shot at the Big West Double Dual. Threw a season's best 12.41m (40' 8.75") at the Big West Challenge Cup for fifth. 

Ruggles, a shot put star at St. Franics HS will add depth to the Gaucho throws squad. A three-time Delta River League champion in the shot put, Ruggles will rejoin her former teammate and current Gaucho, Kayla O'Brine. Ruggles was the bronze medalist in the shot put at the 2014 San Joaquin Section meet with a personal best throw of 12.33m (40' 5 3/4"). In total, she has won twenty-seven prep competitions in the throwing events.  

Collegiate Bests

Discus - 43.14m (141' 6") (2018 Big West Conference Championships)

Hammer - 48.04m (157' 7") (2018 Cal Poly Dual)

Shot Put - 13.61 (44' 8") (2018 Big West Conference Championships) 

Big West Championships

2018 - Discus, 7th, 43.14m (141' 6")

2018 - Shot Put, 5th, 13.61m (44' 8") 

2017 - Shot Put, 13th, 12.90m (42' 4 1/4") 

Prep Bests 

Shot Put (4kg) - 12.33m (40' 5 3/4")