May 13, 2011
IRVINE, Calif. -- The UC Santa Barbara Track and Field team completed day one of the Big West Championships with several strong performances. Currently the men have 55.5 points and women have racked up 34 points, both placing second in overall team score.
Snita Ashford qualified for the 100 meter dash with her time of 12.10 in the preliminaries and Beidi Beer qualified with his time of 10.78. Lauren Kodama ran 56.08 in the 400 meter dash and will compete in tomorrow's finals. James Martin ran 49.34 to qualify for the finals and Winton Nguyen ran 49.93 for fifth in his heat. Jessica Johnson ran 56.59 and Camille Petty ran 57.34. Jacob Vowels qualified for the 200 meters with his time of 22.11.
In the 800 meters, Cassie Brooker ran 2:12.54 and earning second in her heat while Justine Diaz ran 2:12.51 to place first in her heat. Sarah Vitug ran 2:12.25 and will join Brooker and Diaz in the finals tomorrow. For the men, Rusty Parker ran 1:51.90 while Ryan Martin finished in 1:50.42 to place first in his heat followed by Greg Dotson who ran 1:52.28.
Breanne Strenkowski brought home a huge win and conference title in the 10,000 meters with her first place time of 34:57.59 and 12 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. Danielle Moreno ran 35:55.84, Ari Selix ran 37.04.23 and Christine Cooperstein ran 37:37.40. For the men, Bhavik Kanzaria ran 30:46.03 in the 10,000 meters and earned seventh place. Michael Wysocki finished in 31:25.92 and Jeremy Acosta finished in 32:16.35.
Sean Johnson ran 14.89 in the 110 meter hurdles and Jessica Bragg ran 15.02 in the 100 meter hurdles . Alvin Go finished fifth in his heat in the 400 meter hurdles with a qualifying time of 53.87. Both Aislynn Mueller and Emily Gordon qualified in heat one of the 400 meter hurdles with their times of 62.25 and 63.14 respectively. Amanda Rodriguez qualified as well with her time of 62.37.
The highlights of the day were in the men's and women's steeplechase finals with Anthony Masci fighting hard until the end to earn a conference title and beating his personal best by 12 seconds. Julian deRuibra earned second place in the steeple with a time of 9:08.70 after not running for nearly six weeks due to injury. The women's race was just as spectacular as Andrea Jacobs crushed her previous best time by 20 seconds to finish second overall in 10:28.32. Ari Selix also had a strong performance, running 10:43.82 and setting a new personal record by 14 seconds and earning fourth overall.
The Gaucho's had another spectacular performance in the men's high jump with Mitchell Haag winning the Big West title with his mark of 6'9". Both Max Villalba and Mike Larocca finished second by clearing his highest mark at 6'8.75". In the long jump, John Walsh earned fourth place by jumping 22'6.25" while Derek Masterson followed closely behind with his best mark measuring 22'1". Maureen Ajoku finished fifth in her flight for the long jump by jumping 19'1.25" while Veronica Gines earned fourth in the second flight by jumping 18'7.25"
In the men's shot put, Chad Seymour finished fourth and threw 50'1.25" while Josh Scherer threw 45'7.25". Adam Shigem earned fifth place in the hammer throw with his best toss measuring 177'0" and Josh Scherer setting a new personal record with his toss of 172'2". Kathleen Guzman earned third place in her flight for the discus by throwing 139'4" while Jean Lightfoot threw 125'7" for fifth. In women's javelin, Alex Francis threw 111'8".
Tomorrow the remainder of the field events will take place and the finals for the track events.