Gauchos Cruise to Victory at UC Invitational

Gauchos Cruise to Victory at UC Invitational

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IRVINE, Calif. - The UCSB men's and women's track and field teams both took 1st place last weekend, defeating UC Irvine, UC Riverside and UC San Diego at the UC Invitational in Irvine. The women finished with a final score of 220, and the men finished with a score of 228.

The Gaucho women did well in the sprints, and as a team, they dominated distance runs. Jennifer Carey took first place in the 200m dash [25.04], and Cherrelle McMillian took second in the 400m [48.41]. Kelsey Bolden also added a third place finish in the 100m [12.33].

Danielle Moreno took first place in the 1500m [4:35.82] for the second Gaucho victory of the day. Christine Cooperstein took fourth [4:41.98] and Ashley Beechan took fifth [4:43.40].

Gauchos took all four top spots in the 3000m. Moreno won the event with a time of 9:54.90, Beechan took second [10:11.92], Sarah Schreck took third [10:15.07], with Cooperstein rounding out the sweep in 4th [10:18.75].

The hurdles also went well for the UCSB women. Grace Esslinger won the 100m [14.20] and Amanda Rodriguez won the 400m [61.75].

Cassie Brooker won the 300m steeplechase [10:44], with Jessica Chadwick [11:13.41] and Maxine Goyette [11:46.76] placing second and third respectively.

UCSB performed well in the relays to complete their impressive day. The Gaucho team of Grace Esslinger, Rodriguez, Jennifer Carey, and Brittany Fulton won the 4x100m relay with a time of 47.10. UCSB also took third in the 4x400m relay [McMillian, Alyssa Schlom, Rodriguez, Carey; 3:50.80].

Jessica Emde tied for first place in the high jump, recording a 1.60m jump. Cassandra Centrofranchi also shared first place, scoring a 3.50m in the pole vault. Veroinca Gines won the long jump, recording a 5.65m score, with Tori Usgaard taking second [5.58m]. Irene Kujore won the shot put [14.28m] and the hammer throw [51.94m] to give UCSB an extra boost.

On the other side, the UCSB men performed just as well. Evan Walker won the 100m with a time of 10.58. Gauchos took second, third, and fourth in the 200m [Nate Harvey, 22.01; Michael Aiken, 22.15; Jacob Vowels, 22.17]. Marquis Caldwell won the 400m with a time of 48.11.

Shyan Vaziri took home multiple wins, taking the 800m [1:53.47] and the 1500m [3:55.11]. UCSB took first and second in the 3000m, with Abel Morgeese winning [8:34.81] and Bhavik Kanzaria right behind him [8:35.61].

Sean Johnson won the 100m hurdle with a time of 14.76. Andrew Farkas won the 3000m steeplechase, finishing at 9:22.36.

UCSB won the 4x100m relay with a time of 41.67 [Walker, Caldwell, Aiken, Harvey], rounding out the wins in the runs. The Gauchos also performed well in the jumps. Mitchell Haag [2.14m] and Max Villaba [2.05m] finished first and second in the high jump. UCSB took first, third, and fourth in the long jump, with John Walsh winning [7.17m].

Derek Masterson took first place in the javelin [64.41] to lead the Gaucho throw team. Albert Hughes also took second in the discus [46.44m].

After picking up momentum with both teams winning, track and field resumes competition on March 9th in a dual meet at UC Riverside.