STANFORD, Calif. - On the final day of the Stanford Invitational, the Gaucho throwers finished strong and in doing so added several marks to the UCSB All-Time list including a new school record. On her first throw of the competition, Melissa Rake rewrote her school record in the javelin with a mark of 154'1. The junior from San Dimas, Calif., broke her previous record of 151' set at last year's Big West Championship. Rake won the meet and likely secured an NCAA qualifying bid with her effort.
Rake ranks #19 in the javelin in the NCAA West Region after the weekend.
She wasn't the only Gaucho thrower to claim a Stanford Invite sweatshirt, awarded to event winners.
Heather Hawes, a senior from Nipomo, Calif., put together the best discus series of her four year career and won the collegiate section discus in a good battle with McKenzie Warren, the NAIA national leader from Concordia, Ore.
Warren took the lead with a 151'8 throw on her first attempt. Hawes couldn't answer but on her second attempt fired off a new lifetime best of 151'7. On her third attempt, Hawes took control of the meet with a 153'8- then followed it with two that were even better.
On her fourth throw Hawes went 155'1 before launching her best and eventual winning throw of 156'5 in the next round. Warren would finish with a fine 152'4 performance in what turned out to be challenging wind conditions for the athletes.
Hawes moves to #7 All-Time at UCSB with her performance.
Person made her mark earlier in the day.
Throwing in the collegiate section of the women's hammer, Person qualified for the final with an opening round throw of 166'1. On her fifth round throw she moved from eighth to third by firing off a 173'0 effort out to the right sector and in doing so added over six feet to her previous best.
Person now moves to #5 All-Time at UCSB in the event.
Albert Hughes threw in the invitational section of the men's hammer in a field loaded with NCAA and international talent.
Hughes put together a fine sequence of throws at 193'2, 194'4, 195'3 and 193'5.
Hughes would finish with a best of 195'3. He would go on to place fifth overall while coming in as the third best collegiate in the field.
In the pole vault, freshman Parker Curry jumped a season's best of 15'11. Competing well with several third attempt bar clearances, Curry narrowly missed at his 5m (16'4.75) attempts. He would go on to place third overall.
In the triple jump, freshman Grant Bush leaped out to fifth place with a mark of 45'8. Bush set his best mark of the year jumping into a slight headwind.
The Gauchos women recorded a time of 3:48.24 in the 4 x 400m relay to place seventh overall.
The Gauchos will now turn their attention to the Big West Challenge Cup which will be held this Friday, April 10th at Cal State Fullerton. The Gauchos will take on Long Beach State, UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton in the annual mid-season quad.
Sam Adams Recap
A former Gaucho and a current coach locked into a great heptathlon battle at Westmont on Saturday which had world implications.
Barbara Nwaba won the heptathlon with the second best score of her career at 6,292. Nwaba used a blazing 2:07.47 800m time to help pace her score.
Nwaba now has the #1 score in the world in 2015 and meets the IAAF World Standard of 6,075 for this year's World Championships.
Nwaba was last year's USA Championships runner-up in the heptathlon.
Annett Fleming put together the best meet of her life and finished at 6,051.
She used a monster javelin throw of 169'2 and a 2:14.80 800m to help tally her score.
Fleming moves to #3 on the world list.