Thomas and Finley Post Top-10 Marks at USC Invitational

March 21, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- Improvements in the field events highlighted UCSB's day at the USC Trojan Invitational at Loker Stadium/Cromwell Field on Saturday.

Tamara Thomas posted a significant performance in the triple jump, with her best jump measuring 39-1.25 (11.92m) to place second. Thomas' mark places her at third all-time on the UCSB triple jump list and easily meets the Big West standard of 11.35m.

Tayler Williams also performed well in the triple jump, as she took sixth place at 37-1.25 (11.31m). That mark ties for 10th all-time at UCSB.

Scott Finley cleared a new seasonal best in the pole vault, getting over 16-0.75 (4.90m) to take fifth. He had two good attempts at the regional-qualifying bar of 16-7 and will be looking to hit that mark in the upcoming weeks. Finley's clearance was good for eighth all-time at UCSB.

Hector Serrano had a consistent day in the shot put with several of his throws measuring around 53 feet. His best throw hit 53-0.25 (16.16m), which was good for third place.

Also in the throws, Michael Guerra had a good day in the javelin by throwing 191-9 (58.46m) to tie for fourth place.

Tess Balcomb and Jennifer Brown posted a pair of second-place finishes in the pole vault. Balcomb was second in section A with a clearance over 11-7.75 (3.55m). Brown cleared the same height in section B to also take second place.

The middle distances were highlighted by Scott Smith and Ryan Martin, who posted second-place finishes in their respective events.

Smith was second in the 1500m with a time of 3:48.28, his fastest of the season thus far. Smith led most of the race, which started out at a slow pace. He was out-kicked on the stretch by Irek Sekretarski of USC, who won by about a second.

Martin set a new personal best in the 800m, running 1:52.34 to take second place in heat two. Because he was in the slower heat, Martin needed to run aggressively and move to the front on his own. Also running well in the race was Rusty Parker, who finished at 1:56.90.

Other notable performances were Christina Nowak tying for second in the high jump (5-4.25, 1.63m), Nicholas Sheuerman taking third in section B of the discus with a personal best of 150-1 (45.75m), and June Farley running 10:12 in the first 3000m of her collegiate career.

The Gauchos will be back in Los Angeles next weekend for the Cal-Nevada Championships, hosted at UCLA's Drake Stadium on Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29.


In its on-going effort to draw awareness to breast cancer and to promote its research, the UCSB Athletics Department will sponsor "Pink Week" at three of its athletics events on Mar. 28, 2009.

Three UCSB intercollegiate events, scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 28, have been designated "Pink Week Games." The women's tennis match, slated for 11:00 a.m. on the Robertson Gymnasium Courts, a softball doubleheader scheduled to start at 12:00 p.m. on Campus Diamond, and a 12:00 p.m. women's water polo match at Campus Pool will all be part of the effort.

"Pink Week" is part of UCSB Athletics' BE Great initiative.

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