Amy Haapanen
Amy Haapanen
Year: RS Senior
Hometown: Manteca, Calif.
High School: East Union H.S.
Position: Throws
This powerful, steadfast athlete is a legend in the UCSB track and field family. A three-event juggernaut, Amy owns school records in the hammer throw, shot put, and discus throw. She also boasts Big West Conference records in the hammer throw with a PR bomb of 196'-2.25". Having utilized a redshirt year in 2006 to train in Canada with legendary throws coach Antonaly Bonderchuck, Amy returns for her senior season with a mission to score 30 points for the Gauchos, and push her records even further. Amy is the cornerstone of the Gaucho women's squad, and is truly one to watch in 2007.
2005 Track & Field Recap: Another solid year for the school record holder during a tough year in which her father passed away. Haapanen won the Big West Hammer Throw and also finished 3rd in the Shot Put. She would go onto finish 7th at the West Regional Championships with a throw just shy of her school and Big West record of 196 feet but still far enough for a trip to her 2nd straight National Championships.

2004 Track & Field Recap: Haapanen shattered school records in the shot put (52'), discus (169' 1") and hammer (196' 2")...qualified for the NCAA National Championship in all three throwing events...broke the Big West Conference record in the hammer...runner-up at Big West in the shot and discus...named team Co-Most Valuable for 2004 season.

2003 Track & Field Recap: Amy set a UCSB school record in the shot put in her first meet as a Gaucho...set NCAA Regional marks in the shot and disc...ranks #2 All-time in the hammer and discus at UCSB...finished 7th in the shot at the Big West Championship.

High School Notes: Haapanen qualified for the 2002 CA State Meet...finished 2nd in the discus and 4th in the shot at SJS finals.

Personal Bests
Shot Put: 52'00"
Discus: 169'01.50"
Hammer: 196'02.25"