February 21, 2009

Track and Field Gets Season Rolling With Second Annual Gaucho Round-Up

Feb. 21, 2009

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- The latest edition of Gaucho Track and Field got underway this afternoon with the second annual Gaucho Round-Up, a quad-meet between UCSB, Claremont, Pepperdine and Westmont. In the team scoring the Gauchos came out on top on both the men's and women's sides, with 235 points for the men and 230 points for the women.

Scott Smith opened his season with a couple of wins, taking first in both the 1500m and the 3000m. His time in the 3000m was 8:25.62, which earns him another spot on the UCSB all-time lists. Smith now sits at fifth in the 1500m and 10th in the 3000m. Additionally, his time in the 1500m of 3:53.99 meets the Big West standard and earns him an early qualification to the Conference Meet.

Another strong performance came from freshman Irene Kujore. She had a double-win in the throwing events, which included throwing 146-11 (44.78m) to win the discus. Her mark was a Conference-qualifying mark that places her at ninth on the UCSB all-time discus list. She also competed in the shot put and the hammer throw, throwing 40-6 (12.35m) to win the shot and 134-9 (41.08m) to place second in the hammer.

David Hoff was a busy athlete this afternoon, competing in four events. He had a good day in the high jump by clearing 6-8.75 (2.05m), which qualifies for Big West and is just five centimeters shy of the NCAA Regional qualifying standard. The clearance ties his personal best. Hoff also competed in the horizontal jumps and the 4x100m relay. He took second place in the long jump at 20-11 (6.38m), and second in the triple jump at 41-9.50 (12.74m).

Alex Umstead qualified for Conference in the hammer throw, with his best mark hitting 170-10 (52.06m). That is an improvement of more than 15 feet from last season, and is just a few meters shy of the Regional qualifying standard. He also competed in the shot put and took second, with Hector Serrano winning the event by throwing 52-10.50 (16.12m).

More Conference-qualifying marks were attained in the 400m hurdles, with Alvin Go setting a new personal best by winning the event at 54.68. Also hitting the Big West standard was freshman Ryan Haswell, who started his career strongly with a 55.59.

In the sprints, Lauren Kodama pulled off a double-win by taking the 100m at 12.70 and the 200m at 26.11. The men also had a double-winner in the sprints, as Jason Newland came across the line first in the 100m at 10.94 - just off his personal best - and in the 200m at 22.07. The Gauchos took the 400m dashes as well, with Barbara Nwaba winning in a Conference-qualifying time of 57.09, and Max Bellissimo winning the men's race at 49.09.

Ryan Martin was victorious in the 800m for the second year in a row, this time crossing the line in a Conference-qualifying 1:54.52. Sheneice Vargas also notched a victory in the 800, finishing with a time of 2:19.77. Andrea Jacobs earned a victory in the longer 1500m distance, clocking-in at 4:43.22 and edging Lauren Lodge from Pepperdine by less than three tenths of a second.

The vertical jumps went well for the Gauchos, with Missy Burley and Tess Balcomb each clearing 11-0 (3.35m) to finish one-two with Conference-qualifying marks. Christina Nowak also hit the Conference mark in the high jump, clearing 5-5.75 (1.67m) to win the event.

Michael Guerra hit a Conference mark in the javelin by throwing 192-1 (58.55m), the second-best mark of his career. Also throwing well and hitting the Conference mark was Stephen Horrell, who improved on his personal best from last season by throwing 175-11 (53.62m).

The Gauchos swept both of the relays, with 4x100m times of 48.55 for the women and 42.97 for the men. The times in the 4x400m relays were 3:57.70 for the women and 3:17.93 for the men. Other individual event winners included Ryan Haswell in the 110 high hurdles (15.51), and Katie Voigtlander in the 3000m (10:14.48).

Next up for the Gauchos will be the All-Cal Challenge at UC Irvine, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 28 with field events beginning at 10:00 a.m. and running events beginning at 12:15 p.m. The meet is scheduled to conclude just after 4:00 p.m.

-- UCSBgauchos.com --

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