Santa Barbara, Calif. - After knocking the rust off at the Round-Up, the UCSB Men's and Women's Track and Field teams will travel south this weekend to compete in the All-UC Championship. The Gauchos will take on host UC San Diego and UC Irvine this Saturday, March 4th in an early season match-up of Big West and CCAA athletes. The competition will be held at the Triton Track and Field Stadium in La Jolla with the field events starting at 1pm and the track events set to be underway at 1:30pm.
Parking is free on the weekends at UCSD but space is limited by the track. See the Meet Information link for more details. Admission will be $10.00 for adults.
All-UC Championship- UCSB vs. UC San Diego and UC Irvine
Scored in international dual meet format. 7-5-4-3-2-1.
The Gaucho men, who finished 2nd at Big West last year, will face the CCAA 2nd place team, UC San Diego. The Tritons will be led by CCAA Conference Champions, Pole Vaulter Dan Golubovic and Long Jump/Triple Jump specialist Matt Bowen. The Triton men found their biggest strength in the jumps, evidenced by a near-sweep in the High Jump as well.
UC Irvine's men finished 7th at last year's conference championships. They return 110m Hurdle champion Lloyd Sicard who has a blazing PR of 13.60. Look for them to be strong in both hurdles events and bring talent in the sprints and throws.
On the women's side last year's Big West Runner-Up Gauchos will take on a UC Irvine team that finished fifth. The Anteaters strength lies in the sprints and hurdles, as they bring back 2016 Big West 100 hurdle champ Megan George along with the conference champion 4x100m team.
UC San Diego's women placed second in the 2016 CCAA Championships. Savannah Fory, who won the High Jump, will lead what looks like to be a balanced team across the board.
A Few Gauchos To Watch
SR Matthew Kuskey made a big statement at the Round-Up season opener in the Men's Javelin with a throw of 225'8.5".
SO Joshua Rennick will hope to continue his momentum after winning the Triple Jump in 44'11.75" and High Jump with a leap of 6'7.5" at Westmont College
SR Adam Avila will make his 3000m steeplechase debut, after qualifiying to NCAA Regionals as a Junior with a sub-9 clocking.
JR Sike Azu-Arondi will be hungry for another PR after opening with a 21.72 two weeks ago.
JR Jenna Hinkle will likely continue dominance in the distance events after sweeping the Women's Mile and 3000m at the Round-Up opener.
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. Both Heptathletes will be debuting in more events this weekend.
The Pole Vault will be covered by SO Sierra Emrick who started her season with a win and has a 13'3.5" PR.
JR Kayla Thayer will hope to headline the throws on the Women's side after winning the Discus and Shot Put in her opener at Westmont with throws of 139'5.0" and 43'5.0".
Last year the Women took the All-UC Title and Men finished 2nd.