Davis, Calif- After the first day of competition at the Big West Track and Field Championships the UCSB women sit in third place with 41 points. Cal State Northridge leads with a score of 72 points and second is UC Davis at 53 points. Melissa Rake set the UCSB record in the women's javelin with a throw of 151'0. Maxine Goyette finished second in the 3,000m steeplechase and Sarah Schreck ran the race of her life, taking second in the women's 10,000m with a time of 36:39.05.
Day 1 Women's Scores (including the heptathlon)
1) Cal St. Northridge 72
2) UC Davis 53
3) UC Santa Barbara 41
4) UC Irvine 37
5) Hawaii 27
6) Long Beach St. 26
6) Cal Poly 26
8) UC Riverside 24
9) Cal St. Fullerton 6
On the men's side, UCSB is currently in third overall after the first day of competition. The Gauchos have compiled a first day score of 45 points. Long Beach State is the half-way leader at 58 points. Cal Poly is currently in second with a score of 51.5 points. Albert Hughes took second in the men's hammer with a mark of 195'8. Four Gaucho men scored in the 3,000m steeplechase led by Adam Avila in second and Bryce Rausa in third.
Day 1 Men's Scores (including the decathlon)
1) Long Beach St. 58
2) Cal Poly 51.50
3) UC Santa Barbara 45
4) UC Riverside 34
5) UC Davis 27
6) Cal St. Northridge 26.50
7) Cal St. Fullerton 24
8) UC Irvine 7
Rake Lances Jav Record!
In the women's javelin, Melissa Rake set a new lifetime best in the fourth round, unleashing a 151'0 effort. Her mark bettered the exisiting UCSB record of 150'0 set by Rebecca Richey in 2005. Rake put together a strong series, eclipsing her previous lifetime best on three different throws. The sophomore from San Dimas, likely secured an NCAA qualifying bid with her effort.
Day One Recap
Junior Albert Hughes started the first day for the Gauchos at the Big West Championships with a second place performance in the men's hammer. On his second throw, Hughes unleashed a throw of 195'8. Hughes repeated as the Big West silver medalist- last season he also earned runner-up honors.
In the women's 3,000m steeplechase Maxine Goyette earned a trip to the podium with her 10:48.13 performance. Goyette finished in second behind Cal Poly's Diana George, who came in at 10:40.18. It is the first trip up the Big West podium for the Gaucho sophomore. A surprise scorer for the Gauchos was Kelsey O'Connell who finished in seventh with a time of 11:16.10. O'Connell ran hard over the final 800m, moving past several competitors and not letting up until she broke the finish line.
In the men's 3,000m steeplechase the Gauchos showed their dominance in the event after putting four men in the score column last season.
Adam Avila took second place in the event with a time of 9:10.03. Bryce Rausa was third with a time of 9:12.11. Austin Goodheart took sixth in a time of 9:21.33. Freshman George Baier made a solid Big West debut, scoring in seventh place in 9:23.60. In total, the Gauchos took 19 points from the steeplechase. In the previous three seasons, the Gauchos have won 5 medals total in the men's steeplechase at the Big West Championships.
In the women's 400m, Jessica Johnson had the second fastest qualifying time overall earning her a spot in tomorrow's final. Johnson ran a smooth backstretch then closed with a terrific kick, eventually crossing the line in 54.12. She was the winner of the first heat, earning the automatic qualifier.
In the men's 400m, Winton Nguyen had the 8th fastest qualifying time of the day earning a spot in Saturday's final. Nguyen ran 48.93 while taking second in heat two. He qualified with an at large bid determined by the overall fastest times of non-heat winners.
In the men's 800m, Greg Dotson qualified for tomorrow's final after running 1:52.14. Dotson took second in his heat and was the fifth fastest qualifier of the day. Sitting mid-pack after the first lap, Dotson steadily moved his way up and glided across the finish line securing a qualifying bid.
In the men's high jump, Ike Okpara took fifth with a jump of 6'5. Okpara also took 8th overall last weekend at the decathlon championship.
In the women's discus, Heather Hawes and Kathleen Guzman broke into the scoring. Hawes finished 6th overall after hitting a mark of 148'7. Guzman threw 145'11, taking the last scoring spot finishing in 8th.
In the women's 400m hurdles, freshman Hallie Brauner finished in fifth overall securing a spot in tomorrow's final after running 62.25.
Bryan Guijarro and Anthony Monroy finished the days competition for the Gaucho men by taking fourth and fifth in the 10,000m. Guijarro finished in 30:12.66. Monroy came in at 30:17.48- a great run for the freshman harrier.
In the women's 10,000m Sarah Schreck ran a fantastic race, displaying veteran tactics as she fought her way into second- earning her first trip up the Big West podium. Schreck came in at 36:39.05. Taking sixth was Ali Pamer in a time of 36:57.89. Bailey Miller took seventh in 37:09.55.
Tomorrow the track events will get started at 2:08 with the 4 x 100m relays. The men's javelin will start the field events at 12pm.