SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After months of preparation, the UCSB Gauchos will send their top men's and women's athletes to the Big West Championship in search of individual and team glory. CSU Fullerton will serve as the host for the eight men's and nine women's conference teams. The meet will take place on Friday and Saturday, with track prelims set to begin Friday afternoon.
May 12-13, 2017
Schedule of Events/Meet Program
Titan Track Complex
Adult Two-Day Pass: $20
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FOX Sports Prime Ticket will televised the final day of the championship for the fifth straight year. The regional telecast home of the Big West will carry Saturday's program beginning at 2:00 p.m. Link to coverage here.
Big West Multi Championships
The Gaucho Decathletes and Heptathletes started off the Big West Championships last weekend, May 5-6, with two silver medal finishes by veterans Tori Usgaard and Tyler Nelson. The men also gained a 6th place finish from JR transfer Jeff Lam. Read the full recap here.
Quick Team Preview
The Gaucho men and women are traditionally strong at the championship meet. Both teams rose up to runner-up finishes at the 2016 Big West Championships. This year's women are undefeated in 2017 dual meet competition and will hope to carry this momentum into this weekend's meet.
CSUN will be the team to beat as they lead all Big West women's programs with top marks or times in nine of the 21 events that will be scored at the Big West Championship. On the men's side, defending men's champion Long Beach State has the conference's top mark in five events, all of those in the field disciplines. Of course, the leaderboard does not predict a team's depth in any particular event, and overall ability to accumulate points on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system.
The teams will rely on Gaucho grit and tenacity to fight for every point possible across the board.
"I am most looking forward to seeing this year's embodiment of work translate into what should be the best team performance of the season" alluded Sprints and Jumps coach Travis Anderson.
Meet Schedule/Gaucho Conference Leaders
Below is a schedule and preview of conference-ranked (top 8) Gauchos in each event. All track events on Saturday will be finals.
Fri., May 12
Field Events (Prelims/Finals)
10:30 a.m. Women's Hammer Throw
SR Valerie Nestor #3 Big West, #3 UCSB All-Time 193'0"
JR Kiely Gode #7 Big West, #6 UCSB All-Time 177'3"
11:45 a.m. Men's Long Jump
12:45 p.m. Men's Javelin
SR Matthew Kuskey #1 Big West, #4 UCSB All-Time 216'4"
JR Chris Ross #3 Big West, 195'9"
SR Jerrick Zhang #6 Big West, 187'10"
2:30 p.m. Women's Long Jump
SR Tori Usgaard #2 Big West 20'1.75"
3 p.m. Women's Shot Put
JR Kayla Thayer #7 Big West, #7 UCSB All-Time 45'2.25"
4:15 p.m. Men's Pole Vault
SO Zach Nichols #7 Big West 15'9.75"
4:30 p.m. Women's High Jump
4:45 p.m. Men's Discus
SO Kordell Hampton #3 Big West, #1 UCSB All-Time 182'1"
SR Stephen Leach #6 Big West, #5 UCSB All-Time 172'6"
Track Events (Prelims Except for Distances Noted)
3 p.m. Men's 3,000m Steeplechase (Final)
SR Adam Avila #1 Big West, #7 UCSB All-Time 8:57.70
FR Austin Lay #7 Big West 9:21.33
3:15 p.m. Women's 3,000m Steeplechase (Final)
SR Maxine Goyette #1 Big West, #3 UCSB All-Time
SR Kelsey O'Connell #3 Big West, #6 UCSB All-Time 10:39.56
3:30 p.m. Men's 1,500 Meters
SR Andrew Verdin #2 Big West 3:51.67
FR Austin Lay #6 Big West 3:53.53
FR Isaiah Lozano #8 Big West 3:53.72
3:50 p.m. Women's 1,500 Meters
JR Jenna Hinkle #1 Big West, #1 UCSB All-Time 4:16.62
SO Sabrina Janes #5 Big West 4:34.20
4:10 p.m. Men's 110m Hurdles
4:30 p.m. Women's 100m Hurdles
SR Shannon Trumbull #7 Big West, #2 UCSB All-Time 13.74
SO Hope Bender #8 Big West, #3 UCSB All-Time 13.84
4:45 p.m. Men's 400 Meters
5 p.m. Women's 400 Meters
5:15 p.m. Men's 100-Meter Dash
JR Sike Azu-Irondi #2 Big West, #1 UCSB All-Time 10.55
5:30 p.m. Women's 100-Meter Dash
5:45 p.m. Men's 800 Meters
SO James Douglass #8 Big West 1:52.75
6 p.m. Women's 800 Meters
JR Jenna Hinkle #2 Big West, #3 UCSB All-Time 2:07.76
SR Kaitlin Large #3 Big West, #6 UCSB All-Time 2:09.69
6:15 p.m. Men's 400m Hurdles
6:30 p.m. Women's 400m Hurdles
SR Shannon Trumbull #2 Big West, #4 UCSB All-Time 60.52
SO Hope Bender #3 Big West, #2 UCSB All-Time 60.63
6:45 p.m. Men's 200-Meter Dash
JR Sike Azu-Irondi #4 Big West, #2 UCSB All-Time 21.31
7 p.m. Women's 200-Meter Dash
7:15 p.m. Men's 10,000 Meters (Final)
SO Carlos Guijarro #2 Big West 30:21.47
7:55 p.m. Women's 10,000 Meters (Final)
Sat., May 13
Field Events (Prelims/Finals)
10 a.m. Men's Hammer Throw
SR Stephen Leach #6 Big West, #6 UCSB All-Time 201'4"
11:45 a.m. Men's Triple Jump
12 noon Women's Javelin
1:15 p.m. Women's Pole Vault
1:30 p.m. Men's Shot Put
2:15 p.m. Men's High Jump
JR Jeff Lam #8 Big West 6'7.5"
2:30 p.m. Women's Triple Jump
SO Jazmin Moss #4 Big West, #5 UCSB All-Time 39'9.75"
2:45 p.m. Women's Discus
Track Events (Finals)
2:08 p.m. Men's 4x100m Relay
UC Santa Barbara #4 Big West, 41.04
2:14 p.m. Women's 4x100m Relay
UC Santa Barbara #7 Big West, 47.12
2:21 p.m. Men's 1,500 Meters
2:29 p.m. Women's 1,500 Meters
2:41 p.m. Men's 110m Hurdles
2:48 p.m. Women's 100m Hurdles
2:57 p.m. Men's 400 Meters
3:03 p.m. Women's 400 Meters
3:11 p.m. Men's 100-Meter Dash
3:17 p.m. Women's 100-Meter Dash
3:25 p.m. Men's 800 Meters
3:32 p.m. Women's 800 Meters
3:43 p.m. Men's 400m Hurdles
3:50 p.m. Women's 400m Hurdles
3:59 p.m. Men's 200-Meter Dash
4:05 p.m. Women's 200-Meter Dash
4:11 p.m. Men's 5,000 Meters
SO Carlos Guijarro #5 Big West 14:21.16
4:33 p.m. Women's 5,000 Meters
4:59 p.m. Men's 4x400m Relay
5:06 p.m. Women's 4x400m Relay
UC Santa Barbara #5 Big West 3:48.64