O'Connell Wins 10,000m Gold, Gauchos Lead Big West after Day 1

O'Connell Wins 10,000m Gold, Gauchos Lead Big West after Day 1

Fullerton, Calif- Senior Kelsey O'Connell brought Day 1 of the 2017 Big West Championships to a stunning conclusion with a lifetime best performance and Big West Conference win in the Women's 10,000m. After setting a personal best and Bronze medal performance in the 3000m Steeplechase earlier in the meet, O'Connell found the strength and determination over 25 laps to earn her first career Gold in her last race in the Gaucho uniform. 

"I've never seen anything like that" reflected a proud Head Coach Pete Dolan after her race, "nights like tonight prove that if you put in the work, truly anything is possible."

Thanks to peak performances by O'Connell and many other Gauchos, both teams enter Day 2 on top of the team standings.

Men's Team Scores (thru 7 events)

  1. UC Santa Barbara       70 – 10,000 (15), PV (3), DT (10), Steeple (13), JT (18), Decathlon (11), LJ (0)

  2. Cal Poly                       68

  3. Long Beach State       

  4. CSUN                          28

  5. UC Davis                     20

  6. Cal State Fullerton      18

  7. UC Irvine                     10

  8. UC Riverside                 7

Women's Team Scores (thru 7 events)

  1. UC Santa Barbara   59.4 – 10,000 (13), HJ (0.4), LJ (9), Shot (0), Steeple (17), Hammer (12), Hep (8)

  2. UC Davis                 53.2 

  3. Long Beach State    40.2 

  4. UC Riverside              39 

  5. CSUN                         38 

  6. Cal State Fullerton  15.2

  7. Hawai'i                       14

  8. Cal Poly                       9

  9. UC Irvine                     5

Friday Quick Notes 

Below is a summary of Friday's Gaucho Podium Finishes, Point Scorers, and Finals Qualifiers. Full report will be released after the conclusion of the meet.

Women's 3000m Steeplechase FINAL

Silver SR Maxine Goyette 10:28.43

Bronze SR Kelsey O'Connell 10:39.41 (PR)

6th FR Celeste Wilson 11:00.60 (PR)

Men's 3000m Steeplechase FINAL

Gold SR Adam Avila 9:00.43

6th FR Austin Lay 9:27.57

Eighth Gaucho to win the event, fifth in the last eight years.

Women's 10,000m FINAL

Gold SR Kelsey O'Connell 36:26.59

7th FR Isa Marshall 36:42.01

Kelsey O'Connell won the race in 36:26.59.  She's the second Gaucho in the last three years to earn gold. 

Men's 10,000m FINAL

Silver Bryan Guijarro 31:44.79

5th Carlos Guijarro 31:59.45

6th Youseff Baddour 31:59.77

The Gauchos had 2nd, 5th and 6th place finishes for 15 points.  The brothers Guijarro scored 12 of those points as Bryan placed second in 31:44.79 and Carlos was fifth in 31:59.45.

Women's Long Jump FINAL

4th SR Tori Usgaard 19-04.25

5th JR Kiely Gode 19-01.50

Women's Hammer Throw FINAL

Silver Valerie Nestor 195-08 (PB)

5th Kiely Gode 181-10 (PB)

Men's Pole Vault FINAL

6th Zach Nichols 15-09.75 (PB)

Men's Javelin Throw FINAL

Gold Matthew Kuskey 218-08

Silver Chris Ross 202-02

Women's High Jump FINAL

8th Tori Usgaard 5-03.75

Usgaard has scored a total of 14 points for the Gauchos before day 2. 

Men's Discus Throw FINAL

Silver SR Kordell Hampton 181-01

Hampton is the UCSB School Record holder in the event. 

Women's 1500m Run PRELIM

FR Katie Camarena 4:39.65 

Q SR Jenna Hinkle 4:40.28 

Q SO Sabrina Janes 4:41.05

Q SO Miranda Ross 4:44.69

Five from Cal Poly and four from UC Santa Barbara advance to tomorrow's 12-person final.  

Women's 100m Hurdles PRELIM

Q SO Hope Bender 13.77 (PR)

Q SR Shannon Trumbull 13.84 (PR)

Women's 400m Dash PRELIM

Q Betsy Armitage 56.28

Men's 100m Dash PRELIM

Q Sike Azu-Irondi 10.59 

Second fastest time of the prelim. 

Women's 800m PRELIM

Q Jenna Hinkle 2:11.41

Q Kaitlin Large 2:11.59

Gaucho teammates will challenge top ranked UC Davis runner for the gold.

Men's 800m PRELIM

Q James Douglass 1:54.23

Women's 400m Hurdles PRELIM

Q Shannon Trumbull 61.37

Q Hope Bender 62.48

Men's 200m Dash PRELIM

Q Sike Azu-Irondi 21.67


Below is the schedule and top-ranked Gauchos on Day 2. The meet will also be televised on Fox Sports West starting at 2pm. Link to coverage here.

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

The UCSB men are seeking their first title since 2012.

The UCSB women have not won a championship since 2005.The last time a Big West school won men's and women's titles in the same season was 2012 when CSUN accomplished the feat.

There will be live updates and photos throughout the day on the team's FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Check back on UCSBGauchos.com for the full recap.