March 31, 2007
The bulk of the UCSB track and field team competed Saturday in the second day of the Cal/Nevada Championships in Fresno, CA. The UCSB women placed third with 79.33 points and the men finished in fifth place with a total of 72 points at Cal/Nevada. Meanwhile four Gaucho distance runners qualified for the postseason at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, CA.
Senior Stephanie Rothstein and junior Megan Lewis impressed the Stanford crowds with NCAA qualifying times in the 10,000 meters. Rothstein surpassed her own conference record with a sizzling 33:26.79, followed closely by her teammate Lewis in 33:30.13. The two Gauchos worked together trading laps and hitting their splits, while moving up to place 8th and 10th in the national class field. Earlier Saturday sophomore Danielle Domenichelli won her heat of the 1500 meters in a 4:29.42, with an awesome kick over the last 150 meters. Domenichelli's time moves her up to 9th on the all-time list and she sits less than two seconds off the regional mark of 4:27.8. Friday saw junior steeple chaser Bethany Nickless become the second Gaucho this season to qualify for the NCAA West Regional in the 5k. Nickless moved up steadily throughout the race, and put on a powerful burst of speed to just dip under the regional qualifying time of 16:52 in a final time of 16:51.33.
On the men's side senior Mike Chavez led an impressive pack of gaucho distance runners with a regional qualifying time of 14:06.00. His time puts Chavez 3rd on the all-time top ten list. J.D. Krawczyk and Micah Tyhurst were only a mere 4 seconds off the regional time running 14:16.06 and 14:16.79 respectively. Their times put them 8th and 9th on the all-time top ten list. Tim Aukshunas ran an impressive 32 second personal best to run a smooth looking 14:20.79.
On the women's side senior Amy Haapanen continued her rampage of a senior season with a Cal/Nevada meet record of 208' 9" and first place finish in the hammer followed by a school record 169' 11" in the discus for second place. Haapanen finished her day with another strong showing in the shot put , placing 2nd with a toss of 49' 3" freshman Kayla Smith also had a great meet throwing a personal best 46' 2.5" just below the regional mark of 46' 11".
In the women's high jump sophomore Jane Dolittle jumped 5' 7" to claim the title followed closely by freshman Christine Nowack who soared to a new personal best of 5' 5" for third place. Freshman Kasey Kearin leaped her way to 7th on the UCSB all-time triple jump list with a mark of 37' 8.75". In the women's pole vault Melanie Sonby and Heidi Nyberg had a great meet just missing the 12 foot barrier, finishing at 11' 11.75". The vault was Sonby's personal best and moved her up to 3rd on the UCSB all-time list. Sophomore Genelle Ives ran a conference qualifying of 14.95 in the 100 hurdles, placing her 8th on the UCSB all-time list in that event.
On the men's side John Delaney threw an impressive 209' 8" to win the men's javelin and set a new personal best. Also, in the men's javelin throw Kyle Baker through a 194' 10" personal best to place 6th in the meet. In the High jump, Jacob Maus jumped a regional qualifying 6' 10.75" to place 2nd in the field, while fellow teammate David Hoff jumped a personal best 6' 8.75" to take 6th.
In an exciting men's 800 meters race Jeff Campbell blasted a 1:51.64, it was a PR for the sophomore who ended up placing 5th in the field. In the men's steeple, Mike Powers took home the title out of the second heat with a 9:25.45. This was Powers's first steeple of the season, which boasts well for the red-shirt junior. Freshman teammate Julian DeRubira ran a PB and conference qualifying time of 9:36.14 to place 2nd in his heat of the steeple, and third overall.
Overall it was a great weekend for the gauchos who will now start preparing for the Big West Challenge Cup, which will be held at UCSB on Friday April 6th.