2012 UCSB Men's Track and Field News

June 23, 2012
Martin Advances to Monday's 800 Meter Final at U.S. Olympic Trials
UC Santa Barbara’s Ryan Martin finished third in the second semifinal heat of the 800 meters at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials on Saturday, earning a berth in the finals on Monday, June 25.

June 22, 2012
Martin Records 2nd Fastest Time in 800 Meter Prelims at U.S. Olympic Trials
UC Santa Barbara’s Ryan Martin ran the second fastest time in the 800 meter preliminaries at the United States Olympic Track & Field Trials in Eugene, Ore., on Friday afternoon. Martin will run in the semifinals on Saturday.

June 19, 2012
Martin, Nwaba Head to U.S. Olympic Trials
Two recent UCSB graduates will be competing in the 2012 Olympic Track and Field Trials, which begin on June 21 and end on July 1, and take place at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

June 18, 2012
Twelve Big West Athletes Recognized As All-Americans
Irvine, Calif. - Four Big West track and field athletes were named to the annual USTFCCCA All-America First Team following their success at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, last week. Three additional student-athletes received All-America Second Team honors and five field participants were placed on the All-American Honorable Mention list.

June 9, 2012
Ryan Martin Earns All-American Honors in 800m at NCAA Championships
DES MOINES, Iowa-- UC Santa Barbara Senior Ryan Martin earned All-American honors in the 800m on Friday at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships held at Drake Stadium.

June 6, 2012
Ryan Martin Secures Spot in NCAA Championship Finals
UC Santa Barbara's Ryan Martin secured a spot in the 800 meter semi-finals on Wednesday, finishing second in his heat at the NCAA Track and Field Championships held at Drake Stadium.

June 5, 2012
UCSB Track and Field Head Coach Pete Dolan Named Big West Men's and Women's Coach of the Year
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches of America (USTFCCCA) announced its men's and women's Athletes and Coaches of the Year on Monday, naming Pete Dolan, UCSB's Track and Field Head Coach as the West Region Coach of the Year.

May 27, 2012
Ryan Martin Punches His Ticket to NCAA Championships
Ryan Martin blazed through the 800m semi-finals on Saturday to qualify for the NCAA Divsion 1 Championships June 6-9 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Martin had the second fastest time, crossing the finish with a time of 1:47.49. Ricky West of the University of Missouri had the fastest semi-finals time at 1:46.65.

May 25, 2012
Justine Diaz Qualifies for the 800m Semis After Day 1 of NCAA Preliminaries
Senior Justine Diaz has qualified to compete in NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa June 6-9 after her performance in the 800m in the preliminary round on Thursday. Diaz ran a 2:07.26 to finish top three in the first heat which earned her an automatic qualification.

May 22, 2012
Nine Gaucho Men Head to Austin This Weekend for NCAA West Preliminaries
The NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced the participants in the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary Championship Competition.

May 17, 2012
Shyan Vaziri Earns Title as Big West Male Freshman of the Year
UCSB's Freshman middle distance runner Shyan Vaziri was recognized for his individual efforts this year by the Big West Conference who awarded him the Big West Male Freshman Athlete of the Year on Wednesday.

May 17, 2012
Track & Field Head Coach Pete Dolan Named Big West Men & Women Coach of the Year
The UCSB track and field team picked up several post Big West Conferece awards on Wednesday with UCSB Head Coach Pete Dolan being named Big West Coach of the Year on both the men's and women's side. In addition, Barbara Nwaba was named Big West Field Athlete of the Year while Shyan Vaziri was awarded co-Big West Freshman Male Athlete of the Year.

May 13, 2012
Gaucho Men Win Big West Championship and Several Individual Titles
Against all odds, the UCSB men's track and field team rallied together to win their first Big West Championship...in over 40 years. But in a sport that often touts individual victories, this weekend was truly a team effort, an effort that in the end has made all the difference. The UCSB men concluded competition Saturday afternoon with a total of 179 points to defeat the previous defending conference champion, Long Beach State who scored 150 points.

May 12, 2012
UCSB Men Claim Several Conference Titles and Hold Generous Lead After Day 1 of Conference Championships
The men's track and field team had an amazing team performance after day one of the Big West Conference Finals held at UC Irvine's Anteater Stadium. Several of the men claimed individual conference titles and set new personal records. The Gauchos currently have a very generous lead in total team points over its conference competitors with 105 points compared to UC Riverside in second with 44 points.

May 9, 2012
Gauchos Head Into Big West Conference Championships With Their Eyes on the Prize
The UCSB Gauchos will head down to UC Irvine's Anteater Stadium this weekend for the remainder of the Big West Conference Championships, May 11-12. Last year Long Beach State University won the men's division while the California State University-Northridge won the women's division. The Gauchos are looking in pretty good shape and hungrier than ever to reclaim their title.

May 9, 2012
Derek Masterson and Shyan Vaziri Earn Big West Track and Field Honors
The UCSB Gaucho men nabbed two Athlete of the Week awards awarded by the Big West Conference--Derek Masterson for becoming the 2012 Big West Decathlon Champion and Shyan Vaziri for his performance in the 1,500m at the Occidental Invitational.

May 6, 2012
Masterson Claims Big West Decathlon Victory, Powers Second on Podium
The Gaucho decathlon squad had quite the showing this past weekend, with Derek Masterson leading the competition again on day two to win his first Big West Decathlon Championship. Masterson totalled 7,355 while teammate Mikael Powers scored 6,966 to finish second on the podium. Senior Josh Codding rounded out his track career with a hard-faught seventh place finish and a total score of 6,389 to assist the Gauchos for a combined team score of 20-points.

May 6, 2012
Vaziri PR's in 800m, Moves to 8th on All-Time List at Oxy Invite
While the UCSB multi-athletes competed in day two of the Big West Multi-event Championships, part of the UCSB squad was an hour north, competing in the Occidental Invite on Saturday, May 5.

May 4, 2012
Masterson Leads Decathlon With Two Lifetime Bests After Day 1 of Big West Multi Championships
Derek Masterson sits in first place after day one of the decathlon at the Big West Multi-event Championships, held at UC Irvine's track. Both the men and women currently lead their respective disciplines after day one of compeition. Masterson has compiled a score of 3,872 after five events.

April 28, 2012
UCSB Men Dominate Cal Poly Dual, Claim Several Individual Victories
Notable performances today were highlighted by Barbara Nwaba who competed in the 100m hurdles, high jump and javelin events, and winning all three in clear fashion. In the throws, Irene Kujore had a great performance winning both the shot put and discus events while Alex Umstead lead the men's hammer throw and shot put events. Mitchell Haag captured another victory in the high jump while the vertical jumps were lead by John Walsh in the long jump and Arthur Dyson in the triple jump. In the running events, Ryan Martin highlighted the 400m for a new lifetime best time while Shyan Vaziri lead the men's 1,500m and breaking another PR.

April 22, 2012
Ryan Martin Finishes 3rd at Mt. Sac, Fastest Collegiate Time in Elite Invite
Ryan Martin sped through the 800m to place third at the 54th annual Mt. Sac Relays on Saturday.

April 21, 2012
Haag Wins High Jump at Bryan Clay Invite
The majority of the UCSB track and field team competed on Friday at the Bryan Clay Invite in Azsua, Calif. with two victories, one on the women's and one on the men's side. On Friday, two Gaucho middle distance runners competed at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.

April 20, 2012
Anthony Masci Sets New PR in 3k Steeple, Finishes Top 10 at Mt. SAC
Anthony Masci highlighted the men's distance race in the 3,000m steeplechase at the 54th annual Mt. SAC Relays held at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on Thursday. Masci clocked in 9:04.52 for a new personal best time, placing eighth out of 24 runners.

April 17, 2012
Another Big West Athlete of the Week Award for Ryan Martin's 800m Performance
Earlier today, Ryan Martin earned Big West Honors for his performance in the 800m at the Big West Challenge Cup this past weekend. This is Martin's second time earning the Big West Male Track Athlete of the Week which he after clocking in the second fastest time in the country at the Cal/Nevada Championships. The Senior Lake Forest, Calif. native clocked in a time of 1:50.87 in the 800m, helping the men's team to a second place finish at the Big West Challenge Cup.

April 16, 2012
Men's Track Give Tremendous Effort to Place 2nd at Big West Challenge
Despite having the meet rescheduled due to weather conditions, Gaucho women got off to a great start and defended their Big West Challenge title at the Titan track on Sunday while the Gaucho men finished second to Long Beach State. Among the other schools at the meet were UC Irvine and host CSU Fullerton.

April 14, 2012
Rain, Rain, Go Away: Big West Challenge Postponed Till Sunday
Due to less than ideal weather conditions, the 20th annual Big West Challenge which was slated to start on Friday has been postponed until Sunday, Apr. 15. There were be a new revised schedule with start times all three hours earlier. The field events will kick off with the hammer throw at 11:30am on Sunday. The first track event will be the 3000 meter steeplechase which will begin on 2 p.m. on Sunday.

April 10, 2012
Gaucho Men Win Cal/Nevada Championship, Women Eighth
For the first time ever, UC Santa Barbara men’s track and field team won the title at the Cal/Nevada Track & Field Championship held at Claremont Scripps College. The Gaucho women finished eighth.

April 10, 2012
Masterson Ranked 6th in Nation for Decathlon, Wins Big West Honors
Derek Masterson was awarded with the Big West Athlete of the Week honors today after his performance at the Sam Adams Invitational last week. The Placerville, Calif. native scored a 7558 in the Decathlon, which automatically qualifies Masterson for the NCAA Championship, and ranks him sixth in the nation.

April 9, 2012
Martin Runs to 800 Victory, Men's 4x400 Relay Runs Second Fastest Time in UCSB History
UC Santa Barbara traveled to Palo Also last weekend to compete in the 2012 Stanford Invitational. The meet, held Friday and Saturday, April 6 & 7, included hundreds of outstanding athletes.

April 3, 2012
Masterson, Nwaba Shine at Sam Adams Multi-Events Meet
UC Santa Barbara senior Barbara Nwaba broke the all-time Big West Conference record in the record in the heptathlon with a score of 5,986 at the Sam Adams Multi-Events Meet last week at Westmont College. Nwaba’s score ranks her at No. 1 in the NCAA and surpassed the Olympic Trials A Standard and hit the Olympic Games B standard.

March 24, 2012
Gauchos Cruise at Cal Poly Invitational
The UC Santa Barbara Track and Field team spent their first weekend of spring break tearing it up in the Cal Poly Invitational at Cal Poly. The men’s team recorded 141.5 points to top the home team, Cal Poly, which secured 135 points. They were followed by in by Fresno State’s 77.5 third place and Cal State Bakersfield 25 point fourth. The women also blew away the competition scoring 98 points followed again by Cal Poly who ended with 79. Fresno managed a close third with 75 points while Cal St. bakersfield brought up fourth place with 39 points and Running Divas posted one point for fifth and last place.

March 10, 2012
Gauchos Claim Several Individual Victories at Riverside Dual Meet
While Barbara Nwaba was competing at the NCAA Indoor Championships, the rest of the Gaucho Track and Field headed down to UC Riverside to compete in a dual meet. After seven long years, UC Riverside hosted its first home meet following the renovation of its new track.

March 4, 2012
Gauchos Come Out On Top at All-UC Meet, Breaking Several Meet Records
Several of the University of California schools descended upon Anteater Stadium on Saturday, March 3rd for the All-UC Meet, the first Big West Conference meet of the 2012 outdoor season. The Gauchos had an outstanding showing on both the men’s and women’s side—the men’s team dominating the meet with a total of 224 points and the women capturing 185 total points.

February 29, 2012
Gauchos Head to Irvine for All-UC Meet
The Gauchos will head to Irvine, Calif. for the All-UC meet, hosted by Anteater Stadium. The All-UC meet will mark the first official Big West Conference outdoor meet of the 2012 season.

February 19, 2012
UCSB Have Strong Showing Against Westmont and Pepperdine at Gaucho Round-Up
The UC Santa Barbara track and field team kicked off the Gaucho Round-Up, the first outdoor meet of the season on Saturday, February 18th with a victory for both the men's and women's teams. The men finished with 174.5 points, 60 points ahead of its closest competitor, Westmont College. The women came out on top with 170 total points followed by Westmont with 112 and Pepperdine University with 46.

February 18, 2012
Men's and Women's Track & Field: 2/18: 2012 Outdoor Opener
Men's and Women's Track & Field dominate against Westmont and Pepperdine

February 15, 2012
UCSB Kicks Off Outdoor Season With Gaucho Round-Up At Westmont College
This Saturday, the Gaucho men and women will head to Westmont College to kick off their 2012 outdoor season in the Gaucho Round-Up. The first event of the meet will be the men's hammer throw which will begin at 10:45am followed by the women's 4x100m relay for the track events at 12:00pm. The meet is tenatively scheduled to end with the 4x400m relay event at 3:20pm

August 21, 2011
Martin Finishes Eighth in 800 Meter Final at World University Games

August 20, 2011
Martin Qualifies for 800 Final at World University Games

August 19, 2011
Ryan Martin Qualifies to Semi-Finals in World University Games
UC Santa Barbara track and field All-American Ryan Martin qualified to the World University Games semi-finals after running a 1:49.90 in the 800 meters.

August 11, 2011
Martin Sets His Sights on China

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24 Gauchos Garner Big West Academic All-Conference Distinction
A total of 24 UC Santa Barbara student-athletes that compete in winter or spring Big West Conference sponsored sports were honored with Academic All-Conference honors it was announced on Friday.