April 19, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Two meets were on the program for the Gaucho track team this weekend. Highlighting the action were some standout performances in the 5000m and 10,000m at the Mt. SAC Relays. Also taking place was the Azusa Pacific Invitational, which featured another Conference mark in the discus along with an individual event victory in the javelin.
At the Mt. SAC Relays, Chris Ashley continued his recent trend of eye-opening performances by recording the 5th-fastest 10,000m race in UCSB history. His time was 29:39.23, which is nine seconds away from the NCAA Nationals provisional qualifying mark (the 10,000m is not contested at Regionals, and the field for Nationals is created based on the top times achieved throughout the entire season).Tim Aukshunas was in the same 10,000m race, and he notched a personal best by running 30:20.21 as he regains his form following some early season injuries.
Junior distance runner Danielle Domenichelli continued her string of strong races, improving her 5000m time by running a 16:38.06 to take seventh place. The pace in the race was brisk, as the winner came across the line with a national-caliber time of 16:15. Domenichelli got to run alongside a familiar face, as former Gaucho standout Stephanie Rothstein competed unattached. She took second in 16:19.13.
It was a great day at the Azusa Pacific Invitational for Michael Guerra, who had the best javelin mark of the entire meet. He threw 185'03" (56.46m) to lead the way and continue his impressive freshman campaign.
Sarah Roth had another good week in the 800m, bettering her time from last weekend by running a 2:15.36 to win section 2 at Azusa. Lindsay Brunner also ran a seasonal best in the 800m, taking third place in section 3 at 2:16.75.
Jean Lightfoot had a second straight Conference-qualifying performance, this time throwing 142'7" (43.46m) in the discus to secure a spot in the Big West Championships. She has now qualified in both the hammer and the discus.
Jason Newland has battled hamstring problems all season, but he made progress this weekend by running the fastest 200m of the season for the Gauchos. He crossed the line in 22.08 to win section 5, just barely missing the Conference mark.
Also achieving a return to form was David Hoff in the high jump, who got back up to the two-meter mark by clearing 6'6.75" (2.00m).
Next week the team will be going to two different meets once again, with most of the team going to the Triton Invitational in San Diego, and some members travelling north for the Oregon Relays in Eugene, Ore. Both meets are huge and consist of an entire weekend of competition. Schedules and entries will be posted soon.
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