STANFORD, Calif. - The UCSB track and field teams completed day one of the Stanford Invitational on Friday as nineteen athletes made appearances in individual events. Several UCSB All-Time marks were established and group of Gauchos improved upon their NCAA marks. 109 four year schools were in attendance to go along with the over 3,200 athletes competing in the open, collegiate and high school divisions in what is being billed as one of the top meets in the NCAA this season.
Aside from the select athletes who qualified for the Stanford Invitational, the Gauchos also sent a group to the San Francisco State Distance Carnival and two assistant coaches to the Sam Adams Multi-Event Invitational in Santa Barbara.
A pair of Jessica's set the tone for the Gauchos on day one of the Stanford Invitational.
Jessica Johnson executed her race plan in the 400m and lowered her season best time to 53.98. This was the second time that Johnson has dipped under the 54 second barrier in her career. She placed fourth overall with her performance. Her time moves her to #7 in the NCAA West Region.
Johnson ranks #3 All-Time in UCSB history.
Jessica Emde was selected to jump in the women's invitational high jump section and she responded by leaping a new personal best 5'9.75. Emde upped her lifetime best by 1cm and was the top collegiate jumper in the meet. She finished fourth overall behind a trio of post-collegiate jumpers. Her mark jumps her to #14 in the NCAA West Region.
Emde ranks #5 All-Time in UCSB history.
On the men's side, an athlete who got right to the point was Thomas Gore-Schreck.
Gore-Schreck, throwing in the invitational section of the men's javelin launched a new lifetime best of 221'7. Schreck moves to #3 All-Time in UCSB history with his performance. He moves to #12 in the NCAA West Region and improves upon his Big West leading mark from earlier this season.
Gore-Schreck had a consistent set, exceeding his previous best on five of six throws.
Bryce Rausa made his senior season debut in the 3,000m steeplechase. Rausa ran with the front pack the whole way and kicked hard on the home straight, lowering his lifetime best to 8:51.24. In a calculated move, Rausa destroyed his old best time of 8:57.97 with a big sprint finish. In fact he had so much momentum at the line he nearly carried himself into the straight another 30m or so.
Rausa ranks #6 All-Time at UCSB in the event.
Jordan Scott ran 47.65 to place ninth in the 400m.
Matthew Kuskey threw a lifetime best in the javelin of 186'1 to place seventh in the collegiate section, making the event final.
Jeremy Franklin made his UCSB debut in the hammer and made the event final with a throw of 179'0. Franklin placed sixth overall. Stephen Leach added another steady performance in the hammer, throwing 172'9 to place 10th.
Oscar Pearson jumped 22'8.5 to take fifth in the collegiate long jump section.
In other running news...
Betsy Armitage won her heat in the 400m at 56.17. Armitage's time moves her into #10 All-Time in UCSB history.
Tori Tsolis ran 4:36.43 in the 1,500m. This was a season's best for last years Big West runner-up in the event.
Shannon Trumbull saw double duty in the 100m and 400m hurdles. Trumbull ran 14.58 in the short set to place 22nd overall and recorded a 63.46 clip over the 400's.
SF STATE Recap
Several Gauchos made the most of their opportunity at San Francisco States's Distance Carnival.
Poston ran 3:51.96 and Verdin found a new lifetime best at 3:52.21 as the duo improved upon their Big West standings for the season.
Andrew Farkas lowered his 800m lifetime best to 1:52.28.
In the 5,000m, Anthony Monroy ran 14:21.49 for an impressive 20 second drop on his lifetime best.
On the women's side, Rebekah Ent ran another strong 800m, this time in 2:13.72.
Kaitlin Large finished close behind in 2:14.67.
Freshman Sophie Smith competed well, winning her heat in the 5,000m in 17:37.35.
Sam Adams Update
Gaucho Assistant Coaches Annett Fleming and Derek Masterson were busy competing in the Sam Adams Decathlon and Heptathlon Friday at Westmont College.
Fleming is on a personal best pace after day one in the heptathlon. She started the day with a 14.02 lifetime best in the 100m hurdles and followed with a 5'8.75 high jump. She threw 46'0 in the shot put and closed the day with a 25.83 200m clip. She is in fourth overall after day one with 3,499 points.
Former UCSB Gaucho All-Amercian Barbara Nwaba is the day one leader at 3,769. Nwaba lit up the track with a 13.38 lifetime best in the 100m hurdles. Her day was capped with a sizzling 23.94 performance in the 200m.
Masterson is in sixth after day one with a total of 3,636. His marks were:
11.70, 6.48, 14.61, 1.90, 51.38.
Check back with ucsbgauchos.com for full Stanford Invite results and a recap of the Sam Adams.