Derek Masterson and Shyan Vaziri Earn Big West Track and Field Honors

IRVINE, Calif.--The UCSB Gaucho men nabbed two Athlete of the Week awards this week--Derek Masterson for becoming the 2012 Big West Decathlon Champion and Shyan Vaziri for his performance in the 1,500m at the Occidental Invitational.

Derek Masterson was named Big West Field Athlete of the Week after winning the decathlon last weekend at the Big West Multi-Event Championships held at UC Irvine's Anteater Stadium, totalling a score of 7,355. Masterson lead all five events on day one and two of the five events on day two. He had a PR in the 110m hurdles, clocking in a time of 15.13 as well as in the long jump (23-8.5) and shot put (46-7.5).

Shyan Vaziri was named Big West Track Athlete of the Week after running a lifetime best of 1:50.21 in the 800m at the Occidental Invitational. Vaziri moves to the number 8 spot on the Gaucho all-time 800m list. This is Vaziri's first Big West Award as a freshman.