San Luis Obispo, Calif- The UCSB Track and Field teams traveled up the coast this weekend to face the Cal Poly Mustangs in the annual Blue/Green Rivalry Dual. This years result was a win by the undefeated women's team in their final meet before the Big West Conference Champioships. The men would have their 6-year winning streak ended by the Mustangs.
"Cal Poly was coming after us, but we persevered and came out on top once again" spoke Head Coach Pete Dolan to the women's team after the meet, "I liked the personal best marks I saw being achieved out there and I want to see our momentum continue to carry on into the Conference Championships."
Cal Poly 98
Cal Poly 110
New All-Time Marks
Shannon Trumbull 100m Hurdles 13.74 #2
Jenna Hinkle 800m 2:07.76 #3
Cassidy Peng Pole Vault 12'5.5" #3
Shannon Trumbull 400m Hurdles 60.52 #4
Tori Usgaard 100m Hurdles 13.88 #4
Joshua Rennick Triple Jump 47'11.75" #6
Alanna Epps 100m 12.15 #7
Adam Avila 3000m Steeplechase 8:57.70 #7
Alanna Epps 200m 24.76 #8
Adam Avila and Kelsey O'Connell would get the meet started with dramatic wins in the 3000m Steeplechase. O'Connell would win the event for the second year in a row with a 10:49.82 while Avila would run solo to a likely Regional mark and lifetime best of 8:57.70. Both athletes would nearly win by 20 seconds.
In the 800m, James Douglass and Jenna Hinkle would finish on top with performances of 1:52.75 and 2:07.76. Douglass would achieve a season best, while Hinkle would lead wire to wire to a lifetime best and likely Regional mark.
Sprints and Hurdles
School Record holder Sike Azu-Irondi would win in his signature event, the 100m dash, with a 10.53 (2.2 wind). On the women's side, Alanna Epps would win the 200m dash in a lifetime best of 24.76, good for #8 All-Time. She would also set a collegiate best of 12.15 in the 100m, #7 All-Time. Both marks were wind-legal.
Shannon Trumbull would have one of the finest performance of the meet, setting personal bests and event wins in the 100m Hurdles and 400m hurdles. She would break 13.8 for the first time with a mark of 13.74 and improve her 400m hurdle mark to 60.52 (#2 and #4 All-Time)
Joshua Rennick would win and set a new lifetime best in the Triple Jump by nearly eight inches to 47'11.75" to shoot him up to #4 Gaucho All-Time.
Tori Usgaard would win the women's Long Jump with a wind-aided mark of 20'1.75". The national-class hepthathlete would also set a PB in the 100m hurdles of 13.88.
Cassidy Peng won the Pole Vault in a new lifetime best of 12'5.5". She improves upon her #3 All-Time mark.
Puck DeRoos set a monster lifetime best to win the High Jump in 5'5".
The Gaucho women swept the Hammer, with Valerie Nestor leading the way with a 185' heave.
The men followed suit, with Stephen Leach taking the Hammer victory in 194'6".
It was also a Blue and Gold sweep in the Men's Javelin, with Matthew Kuskey spearing 211'1".
The Gaucho Multis crew will enter the first weekend of the Big West Conference Championships, where they will compete in the Heptathlon and Decathlon at CSU Fullerton on May 3-5.
The rest of the team will be gearing up for the second weekend of the Big West Championships on May 11-13.