UCSB Track & Field NCAA West Regional Preview

Credit: John Moto
Credit: John Moto

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Eleven UCSB track and field athletes have qualified for the NCAA West Regional competition which will be held at the University of Texas at Austin from Thursday May 26 – Saturday May 28. Five men and six women are prepared to bout for a qualifying spot to earn the right to compete at the NCAA Finals two weeks later in Eugene, Oregon.

The NCAA First Round will be held over the course of this weekend with the West Regional taking place in Austin, Texas and the East Regional at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

The top 48 athletes and the top 24 relay teams from each region will be vying to garner a top-12 spot in their respective regions to qualify for the big show in Eugene, totaling out to 24 individual spots and 24 relay spots up for grabs.

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UCSB Competitors and Event Schedule (Pacific Time)

Matthew Kuskey - (Javelin) Thursday, May 25th, 9AM 

Three seeded flights. Worst to best. Random throw order. Single round. 3 attempts. 30 minute flight specific warm-up. Advance top 12 placers from final to Eugene. No ties

Chris Ross - (Javelin) Thursday, May 25th, 9AM

Valerie Nestor – (Hammer) Thursday, May 25th, 9AM

Three seeded flights. Worst to best. Random throw order. Single round. 3 attempts. 30 minute flight specific warm-up. Advance top 12 placers from final to Eugene. No ties

Stephen Leach – (Hammer) Thursday, May 25th, 1:30PM

Jenna Hinkle – (1500m) Thursday, May 25th, 3:30PM

4 Heats. Advance top 5 from each ht. plus next 4 times to qtr. Advance top 5 from each qtr. plus next 2 best times to Eugene

Tori Usgaard – (Long Jump) Thursday, May 25th, 5:15PM

Four seeded flights. Worst to best. Random jump order. Single round. 3 attempts. 30 minute flight specific warm-up. Advance top 12 placers from final to Eugene. No ties

Hope Bender – (400m Hurdles) Friday, May 26th, 5PM

6 Heats. Advance top 3 from each heat plus next 6 times to qtr. Advance top 3 from each qtr. plus next best 3 times to Eugene

Shannon Trumbull – (400m Hurdles) Friday, May 26th, 6PM

Maxine Goyette – (3000m Steeplechase) Friday, May 26th, 6:20PM

One round. 3 heats. Single waterfall, random draw. Advance top 3 from each ht. plus next best 3 times to Eugene.

Adam Avila – (300m Steeplechase) Friday, May 26th, 7:00PM

Kordell Hampton – (Discus) Saturday, May 27th, 11:00AM

Three seeded flights. Worst to best. Random throw order. Single round. 3 attempts. 30 minute flight specific warm-up. Advance top 12 placers from final to Eugene. No ties

One Gaucho has already punched their ticket to the Finals with Senior Tori Usgaard qualifying in the heptathlon. Look for more to potentially follow suit as the weekend rolls on.

There will be live updates throughout the meet on the team's Facebook and Twitter. Check back on UCSBGauchos.com for full recap.