Two Gauchos Advance After Day One of NCAA Regionals
AUSTIN, Texas – Jenn Carey and Amanda Rodriguez both earned quarterfinals appearances in their respective events on the first day of the NCAA West Regionals at the University of Texas, Austin.
Rodriguez earned a spot in Friday's quarterfinals as she finished third in her heat in the 400 hurdles. The senior finished in 58.58 seconds, which is just 0.26 seconds shy of her career-high that she set at the Big West Championships this season. Her finishing time in the prelims currently places her 14th at the meet.
Meanwhile, Carey continues to compete at an elite level as she secured a spot in the 400m quarterfinals with a time of 53.17, finishing second in her heat and 10th overall. The senior captured her personal best-time of 52.29 earlier this month at the conference championships.
Daniella Moreno was just eight seconds shy of making the cut to the quarterfinals. Her 35:22.48 finish was good for the 14th best finish. The top-12 advanced to the next round.
Irene Kujore competed in the hammer throw event and had a career-best 57.38m. The senior fouled on two of her three attempts. Her previous personal-best was set at this season's Cal Poly dual meet when she recorded a 58.95 mark.
On the men's side, Jimmy Martin competed in the 400 hurdles and finished with a time of 53.45 seconds. Martin was 39th at the meet.
Jordan Scott competed in the men's 400 and put up a time of 47.67. The junior was 37th overall.
Representing UCSB in the men's 1500 was Juan Paredes who finished with a time of 3:51.06. The senior completed the race 30th overall.
Bryan Guijarro did not finish the 10,000 in his NCAA Regionals debut.
Mitchell Haag cleared 2.12m (6' 11.5") in the high jump, which places him in 17th overallwas not enough for a quarterfinals berth. The senior previously made his career-best at the Cal/Nevada Championships with a jump of 2.20 meters.
The meet will continue on Friday as Carey and Rodriguez both look to advance and Kujore will compete in the discus throw. Also on the schedule, Sean Johnson will be competing in the 110 hurdles for his first event of the weekend.