Gauchos Win Opening Meet At Westmont

Gauchos Win Opening Meet At Westmont

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF – The Gauchos began the 2017 Track and Field season in traditional fashion at the annual Round-Up hosted by Westmont College. The competition featured athletes from UC Santa Barbara, Westmont College, and Pepperdine. 

Both UCSB Men and Women finished on top showcasing their dominance with wins in 14 of the 18 events contested.
"This was the best Round-Up I think I've witnessed for for my group", Associate Head Coach Cody Fleming told the athletes after the meet.
"The best way to bring a team back together is to win" remarked Sprints/Jumps coach Travis Anderson.
Head Coach Pete Dolan was pleased with the spirit of the team and visible effort put forth across the board to start the season off. 

Event Highlights


 JR Jenna Hinkle got things started with a dominant win the Women's Mile in 4:54.60. She came back a few hours later to win the Women's 3000m in 9:47.00, a time that places her #10 on the UCSB All-Time list.

FR Austin Lay had a strong kick over the last 200 meters to win the Men's Mile in 4:18.19.
SO James Douglass followed in the Men's 800m to take home the win in 1:55.50, closely followed by teammate JR Blake DeHaven in 1:55.80.
JR Kaitlin Large stepped up to win the Women's 800m in 2:17.94.
The Men's 3000m was won by SR Adam Avila in a time of 8:35.60, in his return to the track since earning All-Region honors in Cross Country.


Sprints, Hurdles, and Relays

SO Hope Bender displayed she was more than ready by opening up in the 100 Hurdles with a sub 14 second gem, recording 13.96.  SR Tori Usgaard was close behind in a new best of 14.14.

SO Alanna Epps won the Women's 200m in 25.46, a new personal best.

 SO Callan Cochran won the Men's 400m in a time of 50.91. He was a part of the winning 4x100 relay team (Cochran, Duncan, Morgan, Azu-Arondi) that recorded a split of 41.75.
2016 Big West Decathlon Champion Tyler Nelson won the 110 Hurdles in 14.73.
JR Sike Azu-Arondi opened with a PR of 21.72 to place second in the Men's 200m dash.
SR Lee Duncan had a solid start in the Men's 100m, running 10.78 to finish 2nd.
JR Shannon Trumbull won the Women's 400m Hurdles in 1:03.92.
The Women's 4x100m (Cheeks, Armitage, Epps, Moss) and 4x400m (Epps, Bender,Armitage, Simpson) relays displayed clean handoffs and won in times of 48.71 and 3:52.81, respectively.
The Men's 4x400m (Azu-Arondi, DeHaven, Morgan, Douglass) relay closed out the meet with a win in 3:26.47.

SR Tori Usgaard recorded a great leap of 18'10.75" in the Women's Long Jump to take home the win and a new personal best in the event. 

JR Jeff Lam made his Gaucho debut to win the Men's Long Jump with a leap of 23'0.75".

Jazmin Moss, in addition to helping win a relay, won the Women's Triple Jump in 38'3.25".

SO Joshua Rennick won the Men's Triple Jump in 44'11.75" and then set a personal best in the Men's High Jump to win with a leap of 6'7.5".
The Pole Vault was covered by SO Sierra Emrick who jumped 11'9.75" and JR Parker Curry with a 15'6.25"  winning leap over the bar.

SR Matthew Kuskey made a big statement in the Men's Javelin with a throw of 225'8.5", moving him up to #2 UCSB All-Time.

The Men's Discus was won by JR Kordell Hampton with a heave of 164'10.5'. JR Kayla Thayer won on the Women's side with a throw of 139'5.0".

SR Valerie Nestor had a convincing win in the Women's hammer with a mark of 172'5.25". The Men's Hammer was also claimed by SR Stephen Leach who won in 184'8.0".
To round it all out, Stephen Leach and Kayla Thayer also took the Men's and Women's Shot Put with winning throws of 43'5.0" and 51'6.5".
Up Next

The Gauchos will next turn their attention to the All-Cal meet, hosted by UC San Diego on Saturday, March 4th, where the Women will look to defend their title and Men get redemption from a one-point loss last year.

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