April 27, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. -- The UCSB track and field team competed at the Oregon Relays this weekend, a large meet that took place on Friday and Saturday at historic Hayward Field. The Gauchos came away with good results and a pair of lifetime bests, courtesy of Michael Powers in the steeplechase and Jane Doolittle in the high jump.
Returning to the stadium where he set his personal best last season, Michael Powers answered the bell once again by running a 9:02.26 in the steeplechase. That is an improvement over his previous lifetime best by about a second, padding his position of 7th on the UCSB all-time steeplechase list. Powers was in the top section this time, having won section 2 in last year's meet. In this race, he finished eighth overall and fourth amongst collegiate athletes.
In a continuation of her strong season, Jane Doolittle took the victory in the women's high jump competition. She cleared a lifetime best of 5'8.75" (1.75m) and had fewer misses than Oregon's Brianne Theisen, who cleared the same height. Doolittle's clearance meets the Regional-qualifying mark, and she will be able to compete at the NCAA Regional Championships for the first time in her career. Doolittle also moves up to 3rd on UCSB's all-time high jump list.
Bethany Nickless competed in the steeplechase, her signature event, for the second time this season. She improved upon her time from the previous race by thirteen seconds, running a 10:31.72 in a competitive field. She came in sixth place and is just starting to gear-up for the Conference Championships and Regional Championships.
Jean Lightfoot continues to improve in the hammer throw, this time throwing 149'01" (45.44m) to place second in section B. Lightfoot now sits at number 9 on UCSB's all-time hammer throw list. Matt Barkley was also back in action this weekend in the throws, and he was the winner of the men's shot put. He threw 53'11.00" (16.43m) to edge out DePaul Brewer of Wichita State. Those two were the only athletes to throw over 16 meters.
David Hoff tied five other athletes in the high jump by clearing 6'7.50" (2.02m), which was the highest bar cleared by a collegiate athlete in the meet. Hoff officially finished in seventh place due to misses at previous heights.
The distance runners got some speed work done by entering the 1500m this weekend. Danielle Domenichelli ran her best 1500m of the season and inched closer to the Regional-qualifying standard, crossing the line in 4:29.39 to place fourth in section 2. Chris Ashley ran 3:51.56 in the men's race, taking fourth place in section 3.
The Gauchos did not compete at the Triton Invitational this weekend...There are no changes to next weekend's schedule; the dual meet against Cal Poly will take place on Saturday, May 3...Event times and entries will be confirmed this week.
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