Big West Challenge Cup Takes Place This Friday

April 9, 2009

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Schedule and Real-Time Results

The Schedule
Friday April 10, 2009
Big West Challenge Cup
at Titan Track Complex, Cal State Fullerton
men's hammer begins at 2:00 p.m.
other field events begin at 4:00 p.m.
running events begin at 5:15 p.m.

Last Time
The Gauchos traveled to San Luis Obispo to partake in the Cal Poly Invitational, where several athletes made their season debuts. The most noteworthy debut was Scott Anderson in the throws, who took first in the shot put and second in the discus. It was a windy day, leading to some big marks in the sprints and horizontal jumping events. Jason Newland recorded fast times in the 100m and 200m dashes, Amanda Lee ran well in the 100m hurdles, and Tayler Williams was landing close to the school record in the long jump.

This Weekend's Meet
UCSB, UC Irvine, Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton will compete for the Big West Challenge Cup this Friday, April 10. The meet will take place at Cal State Fullerton, with field events beginning at 4:00 p.m. and running events beginning at 5:15 p.m. with the men's steeplechase. This meet is a precursor to the Conference Championships that will take place in May, as most teams now have their full contingent of athletes competing. Last season, Long Beach State won the men's cup by 51 points over Cal State Fullerton, and they also won the women's cup by 78 points over UC Irvine. Schedules and real-time results from the meet can be found at by clicking here.

We Made A Mistake
Originally, our website and publications indicated that the Big West Challenge would be taking place at UC Irvine. This was incorrect--the meet will be taking place at Cal State Fullerton. We apologize if our error has caused any confusion or inconvenience. Please don't head over to Anteater Track at UC Irvine this weekend. You'll be the only one there. Instead, head over to Anteater Track on May 15 and 16 to catch the Big West Conference Championships. For tomorrow, the place to be is Titan Track Complex at Cal State Fullerton.

Great Scott! Times Three.
Since the first two Regional-qualifying marks of the season were achieved by athletes named Scott, it is only fitting that the third qualifier also shares the name. Scott Anderson's throw in the shot put of 56-0.75 (17.09m) earns him a spot in the field at Regionals and is currently the second-best mark in the Conference. He also qualified for Conference in the discus with a throw of 160-10 (49.02m). Anderson, a native of San Luis Obispo, was competing in his first meet in nearly two years (he redshirted the 2008 season). The Cal Poly Invitational was a great return to competition and a great homecoming for Anderson. And a fun fact: every athlete named Scott who is currently on the team has qualified for Regionals.

The Young Guns
The freshmen had a good meet last weekend, with many of them securing positions in the field for the Conference Championships. Among these athletes was Ari Selix, who became the third Gaucho to qualify for the women's steeplechase by running 11:21.38. Julian Samson had a good day in the discus, throwing a personal best of 150-1 (45.75m) to earn a spot at Conference. In the jumps, Tayler Williams qualified for the long jump by hitting a mark of 19-4.50 (5.91m), just off the school record, and Mike Larocca qualified for the high jump by clearing 6-4.75 (1.95m).

Quick Recap: Cal/Nevada Championships March 28-29
Scott Finley cleared a Regional-qualifying16-6.75 (5.05m) in the pole vault, which places him at second all-time for UCSB. June Farley reached ninth all-time in the 10,000m by running 36:44.99, Barbara Nwaba reached seventh all-time in the high jump by clearing 5-7 (1.70m), and Irene Kujore reached eighth all-time in the hammer by throwing 148-4 (45.21m).

Quick Recap: Stanford Invitational March 27
Scott Smith set a new personal best in the 5000m of 14:03.26, which currently leads the Big West Conference and qualifies for the NCAA West Regionals. Smith's time is the third-fastest in UCSB history. Waleed Totari also reached the Gaucho record books, running the 10,000m in 29:54.16 to reach ninth all-time at UCSB.

Quick Recap: USC Trojan Invitational March 21
Tamara Thomas took second place in the triple jump, recording a mark of 39-1.25 (11.92m) that currently stands as the third-best in UCSB history. Scott Finley cleared 16-0.75 (4.90m) in the pole vault to take fifth place and reach eighth all-time at UCSB.

Quick Recap: Sam Adams Combined Events, March 13-14
Barbara Nwaba set a new UCSB record in the heptathlon with a score of 4772 points, which also won the meet. In the decathlon, Derek Masterson won the meet with 6463 points in his first multi-event competition.

BE Great
Earlier this year, UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity and social awareness, and ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.

Gauchos Give
With the arrival of Mark Massari as Athletics Director in October, UCSB Athletics also launched the Gauchos Give community outreach initiative for all 450 athletes and 20 sports. Gaucho athletes give back to their community through free clinics, helping families during the holidays, providing financial and emotional support during tragedies, and touching the lives of youth.

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