Track and Field Back in Action vs.UCR, UCI & UCSD
UCSB Track and Field will head down south this weeekend for the annual All-UC Championship. The Gaucho programs combined, have brought home the All-UC winners plaque since 2009. In an early season showcase of Big West and CCAA talent, UC Santa Barbara looks to build on their strong start from two weeks ago at Westmont College.
When: Saturday, March 8th
Where: UC San Diego
Triton Track and Field Stadium - La, Jolla
Schedule: Meet Schedule (PDF)
12pm Field Events - 1:30pm Track
Vs. UC San Diego, UC Irvine & UC Riverside
Admission this Saturday is $10 for adults, and $5 for seniors 65 and up and visiting students with identification.
Finding the Groove
Junior, Shyan Vaziri and sophomore Brian Guijarro had impressive debuts to their outdoor season. Vaziri opened with a win in the mile at the Round-Up and Guijarro in the 3,000m. The duo squared off in the mile two weeks ago and are set to battle again in the 1,500m this weekend in San Diego, a rare match-up from two different event specialists. Vaziri has qualified for the two previous NCAA First Round competitions in the 800m, while Guijarro qualified in the 10,000m at last year's NCAA post season qualifier, as just a freshman. Vaziri will also double in the 800m this weekend, a common feat for the lightning footed harrier. Down the road, Guijarro will settle into the longer distances, primarily the 5,000m and 10,000m.
Turning a Corner
Albert Hughes is coming into his own while searching for the perfect throw. Hughes has consumed himself with training for his favorite event: the hammer throw. His process oriented approach paid off last season as he claimed the silver medal at the Big West Championships after throwing a lifetime best 183'2. His goals for the weekend, "Push the crap out of the first (hammer) catch and drop on turn four." As for his current relationship with the hammer- "I'm still trying to tell it what to do, but I'm listening more."
Head Coach Pete Dolan will unveil several new faces in this weekend's Steeplechase. Freshman, George Baier, Paul Mohr and Connor Rafferty will join battle tested vetrans, Adam Avila and Austin Goodheart. On the women's side, freshman Brooke evans will make her first appearance in the event, joining sophomore Big West scorer, Maxine Goyette. UCSB has developed a steeple tradition as of late, after placing four men in last years Big West final. An interesting note is all four men are back in uniform this season. (Rausa, Farkas, Ortolan and Goodheart)
Debuting in the 110m High Hurdles at the Round-Up, Sean Johnson showed he has regained his 2013 form which earned him a Big West podium finish and trip to Austin for the NCAA First Round. At Westmont, Johnson clocked a 14.43 over the high's, which was the second fastest race of his career. After a solid week of Coach Travis Anderson's special hurdle workouts, Johnson looks to drop even more time in San Diego.
Women's Hurdle Preview
Sophomore's Shannon Trumbull and Tori Usgaard will be looking to make hurdle headlines of their own come Saturday. Trumbull opened her season with a 14.68 100m hurdle win at the Round-Up. She has a PR of 14.34w while Usgaard, a talented multi-event athlete, has a personal best time of 14.59. This weekend's women's 100m hurdle race will be a one heat final, so both Gauchos will face off against one another. Trumbull will double in the 400m hurdles and Usgaard will see action in the long jump and shot put.
Coach Dolan's Take
"UCSD is a beautiful facility, conducive to big performances. This is an easy meet to get up for. This is one of our few overnight trips and I feel the team will respond to this early season opportunity. It's an opener to get everybody in team mode. We're ready to go. I'm expecting big things this weekend. We have four steeplechasers who will be running their first race over the barriers and as always, I'm looking forward to the 4 x 400m relay and the Gaucho Curve!"