Riverside, Calif. - UCSB SR Stephen Leach led a small contingent of Gauchos at the UC Riverside Highlander Challenge competition Saturday. In a small tune-up situation, three weeks out of the Big West Championships, Leach finally cracked the 200 foot barrier in the hammer, recording a mark of 201'4 (61.38m). His previous best throw was 193'6 in 33 career competitions.
Coming into the competition with three career showings over 190', Leach delivered his new lifetime best on his second attempt. He now ranks 31st in the hammer in the NCAA West Region as well as sixth in a loaded Big West Conference.
Leach, a talented combo-thrower, has season best throws of 53'11.25 in the shot put and 172'6 in the discus.
In other action at UCR, JR Austin Sahs threw 174 in the hammer, placing fourth.
The Gauchos are back in action for the annual Cal Poly Dual this weekend, hosted by Cal Poly.