Santa Barbara, Calif - Every year, Big West Track and Field powerhouses UCSB and Cal Poly SLO meet up for a dual meet as one final tune-up before the Conference Championship. The combination of entering peak season form and a fierce team rivalry brings the best out of both teams and transforms into an exciting clash between these two programs.
"You don't find this type of energy at most meets. We have athletes in every event being cheered on from all around the track. Olé's spontaneously break out for fellow teammates. The battle for every place counts. This is a special kind of meet", Head Coach Pete Dolan warmly commented about the annual dual.
This year's edition will take place this Saturday, April 29th at the Cal Poly SLO track. The Men and Women are coming off sweeping the Mustangs in 2016. The women will hope to defend their title and men will hope to take their 7th straight win.
Fan admission is free: as is parking at Cal Poly on Saturdays (recommended in the structure off the Grand Avenue entrance to campus).
5-3-2-1 (Only two athletes per team count in the scoring).
5-3 will be the scoring for relays.
Dual Meet Records:
The UCSB women have a perfect 4-0 dual meet record on the season. They took team wins at the All-UC and Big West Challenge Cup.
The Gaucho men are 2-2 on the year in dual meet scoring. They won the All-UC meet and were 3rd at the Big West Challenge Cup.
Gaucho and Mustang Conference Leaders:
So far this season, UCSB and Cal Poly have combined to put up 89 marks which occupy top-eight spots on the Big West performance list in individual events (up from 88 the previous year). Both teams have a balanced presence with strong distance programs and high powered field event performers. Coaches in the Big West know the Big West cross country title goes through Pete Dolan and Cal Poly Head Coach Mark Conover on a regular basis and their deep distance programs have led to great success on the track.
Nine athletes between the two squads currently have #1 Big West rankings in 10 events making this weekend's Dual a showcase of talent just as much as it's going to be a showcase of team depth.
Men's 1500m, Andrew Verdin, UCSB, 3:51.67
Men's 3000m Steeplechase, Adam Avila, UCSB, 9:00.40
Men's Javelin, Matthew Kuskey, UCSB, 216'4"
Men's 10,000m, Swarnjit Boyal, Cal Poly, 29:25.07
Men's 5,000m, Swarnjit Boyal, Cal Poly, 14:01.48
See the full list of Big West Conference leaders here.
School Record Holders:
Three new UCSB records have emerged in 2017 so far. Jenna Hinkle smashed the 1500m record by over 3 seconds at the Stanford Invitational, finishing in 4:16.62. Sike Azu-Irondi became the fastest Gaucho in school history, running 10.55 in the 100m dash at the All-UC Meet. And Kordell Hampton has re-written the Discus school record twice, notching a 182'01" heave at the Aztec Invite last month.