Powers Leads Gauchos at Sam Adams Multi-Events Meet

Photo by Austin Goodheart
Photo by Austin Goodheart

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara's Mike Powers recorded a score of 6,806 in the decathlon to finish third at the Sam Adams Multi-Events Meet held on Friday and Saturday at Westmont College.  Powers was the highest collegiate finisher at the meet. 

Gaucho senior Derek Masterson had an outstanding first-day performance and was in third after Friday, but he was injured during the pole vault and did not compete in the final two events. UCSB's Billy Britt and Ike Okapara were sixth and seventh with scores of 6,289 and 5,839 respectively. 

The meet also featured an appearance from 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Ashton Eaton who competed in a handful of events, including the 400 meters in which he ran a 45.64, the fastest ever run by a decathlete.
Masterson's first day of competition was highlighted by a second-place finish in the shot put with a heave of 14.67 meters.  Eaton won the event with a mark of 15.02 meters. Britt was seventh at 11.78 meters.

Masterson also tied for third in the high jump at 1.89 meters and third in the long jump at 6.75 meters.  Okapara and Britt tied for sixth in the high jump at 1.86 meters.  
Powers was third in the 100 meters and the 400 meters with timed of 11.15 and 49.08 respectively.  Masterson was fifth in the 100 at 11.31 and eighth in the 400 at 51.21. Okapara was sixth in the 400 at 50.46.

On Saturday, Masterson was off to a solid start with a sixth-place finish in the 110 meter hurdles and a second-place finish to Eaton in the discus before suffering his leg injury in the pole vault, the days third event.  Despite the injury, Masterson was also second in the pole vault with a mark of 4.55 meters.

Powers had his best finish of the day in the 1,500 when he finished third with a time of 4:49.11, one spot ahead of Britt who clocked a 4:53.06.  Powers also had fourth-place finish in the pole vault (4.15 meters) and fifth-place finishes in the discus (39.73 meters) and 110 meter hurdles (15.37 seconds).

The Sam Adams Multi-Events Meet winner was Gray Horn who, competing unattached, tallied a score of 7,526.  Tom FitzSimons, also competing unattached, was second at 7,237.

In the heptathlon competition Tori Usgaard was the only UCSB athlete competing.  She finished fifth with a score of 4,740.  Her best event finishes were in the high jump and long jump in which she finished fourth and fifth respectively.