Santa Barbara, Calif - The UCSB men's and women's Track & Field teams will travel to San Diego, California this weekend to compete at the Aztec Invitational from March 24-25. The event will be split amongst two venues, with the running and jumping events taking place at San Diego State University and the throwing events happening over at UC San Diego.
The Invitational will feature a mix of NCAA, NAIA, and JC programs in this annual Spring Break event. The Gauchos will get to compete against reputable programs from across the nation such as Wisconsin, BYU, USC, and Air Force.
The meet will start with the Hammer at 8:00 AM Friday and conclude Saturday at 4:50 PM with the 4x400m Relay.
Directions/Parking: The Aztec Sports Deck is located on the corner of Montezuma Rd. & 55th St.
SDSU is easily accessible from the I-8 Freeway (Exit Fairmont Ave., continue on Montezuma if coming from the WEST) (Exit College Ave. South, make a Right on Montezuma if coming from the EAST).
Track parking is available in Parking Structure (PS) 7, located directly underneath the track. Parking passes can be purchased from the yellow parking kiosk located on the top level of the parking structure for $2/hr or $10/day.
Admission: Spectators get in for free.
Gauchos To Watch
SO Sierra Emrick will hope to clear her highest bar this season in the Pole Vault after a 12'8.75" performance last week.
Jenna Hinkle will be back under the lights to face a solid field in the women's 1500m run after her 16:53.79 5000m at Ben Brown.
SO Sabrina Janes will also be in the 1500m with Hinkle coming off a 4:56.14 personal best in the mile.
SR Valerie Nestor fired off a 193'0" throw in the Hammer to move up to UCSB #3 All-Time. She'll hope to get closer to that 200' barrier this weekend.
SR Andrew Verdin will headline the men's 1500m after his 4:13.98 full mile win at Ben Brown. The senior has shown he has some serious closing speed in his signature event.
In the Men's 100m and 200m dash, school record holder Sike Azu-Irondi will continue to progress towards his dreams after a 10.66 at Ben Brown.
SO Carlos Guijarro shined in the 5000m last race with a 10 second PR, running 14:26.62. He will step down and focus on his speed as he is entered in the 1500m and 3000m.
Stephen Leach will be throwing Discus, Shot Put, and Hammer. His best of 190'10" in the hammer leads the field of 12 he will be facing.