Gauchos Sweep Past Cal Poly in Blue-Green Rivalry Meet

Gauchos Sweep Past Cal Poly in Blue-Green Rivalry Meet

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. —Several strong individual performances helped UC Santa Barbara to sweep of the men's and women's dual meets over Blue-Green Rival Cal Poly on Saturday.

The Gauchos, who won 22 of the 38 events, swept the Mustangs, with a 102-96 win for the women and a 101-96 triumph for the men.

Both meets came down to the final events. Danielle Moreno set-up the UCSB women's victory with a 9:57.55 time in the 3,000 meters, besting three Mustang runners. Albert Hughes equaled the feat for the Gaucho men by winning the discus with a toss of 159 feet, 4% inches on his final throw.

A second-place finish in the discus would have clinched the overall victory for the Gauchos, but Dolan wasn't about to tell Hughes to just maintain.

Earlier, Hughes took the hammer with a throw of 177-5.

Veronica Gines won the long jump with a season- best 19-1/2, about two inches off her personal record and landed second in the triple jump with a 33-9 3/4, adding a second place behind teammate Irene Kujore in the hammer with 166-6. 

Kujore easily bested the competition and her season-best with 193-4 3/4 in the hammer, nine feet better than her previous best — then topped her season-best in the discus by five feet at 159'09.5.

Derek Masterson, who injured his hamstring at the Sam Adams Multi Event meet a few weeks ago, returned to action and won the javelin with a throw of 205-6 1/2.

Grace Esslinger won the women's 100 in a personal best 11.86.

One of the more impressive feats on the day was in the women's 4x400 relay. The Mustangs loaded for bear with their two top runners up front and had a commanding lead to start the third leg of the race, but 200-meter winner Jennifer Carey was having none of it.

Carey made up more than half the distance, then handed the baton to Amanda Rodriguez — the 400-hurdles winner — who took care of the rest, passing the Poly runner with about 200 meters to go and cruising to a 2 1/2-second victory at 3:49.41.

The men's 4x400 had a convincing 3:13.10 win, and like the women had a large cheering section to push them to victory.

UCSB returns to the track on May 3 when it competes in the Big West Multi Events competition.  The Gauchos will also travel to the Occidental Invitational on May 4 and then the Big West Championship meet the next weekend.