Gaucho Men Second, Women First After Day One of Big West Championships

Derek Masterson (Photo by Dane Sawyer)
Derek Masterson (Photo by Dane Sawyer)

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's track and field team leads the Big West Championship after the first day at the Northridge Track and Field Complex, and the Gaucho men's team is second.  Cal Poly leads the men's competition while Hawaii is second in the women's.

After three straight runner-up finishes, UC Santa Barbara is poised to win its first women's conference championship meet since 2005.  The Gauchos made a late charge and assumed the lead with 50.50 points.

The Mustangs collected 82.50 points for the lead, finishing ahead of the 51 points that second place UCSB accumulated.  Long Beach State is in contention for the title with 49.50 points for third place, and the host Matadors are fourth with 25.  Fifth belongs to UC Davis with 20.50, with UC Riverside (18), Cal State Fullerton (13.50) and UC Irvine (13) completing the men's standings.

Hawaii, in its first Big West championship appearance, came in second with 46.50 points.   UC Davis sits in third with 38.5 points, followed by Cal Poly in fourth with 35.  Host CSUN finished fifth with 32 points with Long Beach State right behind in sixth (31).  UC Riverside (23.5), UC Irvine (11) and Cal State Fullerton (5) rounded out the women's standings.

The majority of Friday's action concentrated on the prelims, but scoring took place in the field events as well as the steeplechase and 10,000-meter run.  The men completed field events in the discus, pole vault, long jump and javelin, while the women battled in the hammer, long jump, high jump and shot put.

The Gauchos utilized Irene Kujore's two wins in the hammer and shot put for the second straight year.  The Gaucho senior tossed 51-07.75 in the shot and heaved a mark of 191-08 in the hammer, bettering her performances from the 2012 meet.

On the men's side, Derek Masterson, who won the decathlon a week earlier at the Big West Multi Events Championship, won the javelin on Friday.  He recorded a throw of 218-04.

Cal Poly picked up big points with senior John Prader winning his second straight conference pole vault competition.  He cleared 17-07.25 to earn 10 points for the Mustangs.  Freshman Nick Woolf won the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:01.33 as teammates Blake Ahrold (9:02.70) and Michael Johnson (9:17.02) racked up additional points with second and fourth place finishes, respectively.

The Mustangs collected an additional 23 points in the 10,000 meters as junior Chris Frias crossed the final line in 30:46.27 with teammates Sean Davidson second in 30:47.07 and Mitch Moriarty fourth (31:16.80).

For the men, field event winners included Jacob Fraser of Long Beach State in the discus (178-11) and UC Riverside's Ted Hooper with a school record leap of 25-08.00.  Hooper captured the gold in the event for the second straight year.

Women's field event winners included Hawaii senior Samantha Balentine, who won the high jump with a clearance of 5-10.75.  The victory came on the heels of her triumph in last week's heptathlon competition, which also helped play a role in the Rainbow Wahine's second place showing.

UC Riverside freshman Phoenisha Schuhmeier posted a lifetime-best mark of 19-08.00 to win the long jump.

The strong running corps from UC Davis flexed its muscle on Friday with wins in the steeplechase and 10,000 meters.  Sophomore Katie Fry scored first-place points for her squad with a time of 10:44.54 in the steeplechase.  Senior Sarah Sumpter captured her second consecutive 10,000 meter title with a time of 35:08.93.

UC Davis sophomore Ashley Marshall flirted with a couple of meet records as she won her preliminary races in the 100 and 200 meters.  Her time of 11.39 in the 100 just missed the record of 11.36 set by Cal Poly's Tamatha Jackson in 1999.  Marshall then ran a 23.33 in the 200 as the top qualifier, narrowly missing the record of 23.23 that Utah State's Ladonna Antoine established in 1997.

The final day of the Big West Track and Field Championships begins Saturday at 9:00 a.m. with the men's hammer.  Fox Sports Prime Ticket will televise the track events live beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Women's Standings (thru 7 events)

1. UC Santa Barbara - 50.50
2. Hawai'i - 46.50
3. UC Davis - 38.50
4. Cal Poly - 35.00
5. Cal State Northridge - 32.00
6. Long Beach State - 31.00
7. UC Riverside - 23.50
8. UC Irvine - 11.00
9. Cal State Fullerton - 5.00

Men's Standings (thru 7 events)

1. Cal Poly - 82.50
2. UC Santa Barbara - 51.00
3. Long Beach State - 49.50
4. Cal State Northridge - 25.00
5. UC Davis - 20.50
6. UC Riverside - 18.00
7. Cal State Fullerton - 13.50
8. UC Irvine - 13.00