Los Angeles, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara Track and Field would close out their spring break by competing at both the Stanford Invitational and UCLA Legends Invitational over the course of the Easter holiday weekend. A slew of personal and season bests were made along with a couple marks earning their way onto the UCSB All-Time lists as well, which would include the following:
Patrick Bourke 3:47.11c 1500m (No. 10)
Callan Cochran 10.83 100m (No. 10)
Jenna Hinkle 16:07.45 5000m (No. 3)
Celeste Wilson 10:38.72 Steeplechase (No. 6)
Katie Camarena 2:10.90 800m (No. 10)
"Spring break treated the team well," remarked Assistant Distance Coach Darius Terry. "We had a ton of personal bests and conference qualifiers throughout the event groups and I was delighted to see the student athletes compete and win at their respective events against PAC-12 and Big-10 competition. I'm expecting the group to carry the momentum into the Big West Challenge this upcoming Friday at UC Irvine."
Assistant Sprints/Jumps/Hurdles Coach Gray Horn would go on to add, "I was most pleased with the energy and support for one another that we displayed today. This is a special group, and as we get closer to championship season, that energy will prove to be a real difference maker."
SR pair Patrick Bourke and George Baier would get things started during the Friday night distance carnival portion of the UCLA meet by respectfully placing 2nd and 9th in the invitational heat of the mile with times of 4:05.28 and 4:10.57. Bourke's full mile time by NCAA conversion rates rounds down to about 3:47.11 for 1500, a personal best mark that would propel him to No. 10 on the all-time list for UCSB. The gun would go off shortly after for true freshman Thomas Wilfert in the second heat of the men's mile for him to run 4:16.61, good enough to hold off some challengers from UC Irvine to take the win.
SO Daniel Mountcastle would go out at a blistering pace in the men's 5000m with a sub-4:30 first 1600, sticking right onto the lead pack from the get go. The young sophomore would ultimately fade with 600 to go, but would be rewarded for his tenacity with a personal best and first sub-15 clocking of 14:50.03. Teammate Jack Rose would finish right behind Mountcastle, also running a personal best and clocking a first sub-15 5000m of his own with a 14:58.82.
SR Blake DeHaven was thrown straight down the gopher hole in the men's invitational 800m against a large contingency of University of Minnesota runners. He would ultimately get pulled along to a new personal best time of 1:53.77, a conference qualifying mark.
The 400m squad decided to show up in numbers today starting with SR Myles McDonald hitting a personal best mark of 48.10 in heat 1. Heat 2 would have FR Stephen Garcia ticking off even more chunks off his personal best with a 49.40, edging out FR comrade Samuel Pica who finished just behind in 49.57. Finally, SR Alexander Huggins would close things out with a win in heat 3, hitting a personal best of 48.95 with teammate Rufus Wollo finishing 2nd in 49.97.
SR Sike Azu-Irondi would run 10.57 in the men's invitational heat of the 100m to take 2nd overall, finishing a mere .02 off the school record in only his second outing of the season. This now marks the 4th time the senior has run under 10.60 in his athletic career at UCSB. Not to be outdone, fellow 100m sprinter Callan Cochran would also throw down a time of 10.83 in the second heat, good enough to get him on the all-time list at No. 10 tying Harlow Naasz' time dating all the way back to 1982.
JR Kordell Hampton captured another personal best in the men's hammer throw with a mark of 189' 6", besting his throw of 186' 7 ¾" set just last week. He would also take the victory in the discus the very next day with a mark of 172' 4".
SO Christopher Ruggles would set a new personal best in the shot put with a mark of 52' 2", adding almost 2 feet from his previous best and making this the 3rd time he's rewritten his personal best for this event this season.
And to close out the meet, the 4x400m relay squad consisting of Sike Azu-Irondi, Blake DeHaven, Alexander Huggins, and Myles McDonald would drum up a time of 3:14.97 to take 2nd. This is the fastest a 4x400m men's team has run at UCSB since 2015.
SR Jenna Hinkle threw down a huge mark up north at Stanford in the 2nd heat of the women's 5000m to take 2nd in a time of 16:07.45, slashing a whopping 46 seconds off her previous best from last year. Hinkle would stay poised throughout the course of the race in the lead group, clicking off relatively even splits just on the heels of the designated pacesetter. Hinkle would take control of the race with about 1000m to go, and while she would lose some ground in the last 400m, she would rally back on the homestretch to barely miss winning her heat by less than a second.
SO Katie Camarena would start off her UCLA campaign with a personal best in the 1500m at 4:31.36, good enough for 4th overall and taking off 5 seconds from her previous 1500m best. She would go on the next day to set another personal best in the 800m with a 2:10.90 clocking to take the win in heat 2, putting her on the all-time list at No. 10. True freshman Maddie Meade would be hot on her heels a little farther back with a 2:13.62 for 4th overall in that heat, also a personal best mark.
JR Miranda Ross would take the victory in the Saturday portion of the women's 1500m, taking some help from Maddie Meade who paced the first 800m while Ross finished off the last half of the race completely solo to a solid 4:41.70.
SO Celeste Wilson would drop a 10:38.72 in the women's steeplechase to take 4th overall, obliterating her previous best by 10 seconds and moving up to No. 6 all-time, barely passing 2017 alumni and former teammate Kelsey O' Connell on the list. Teammate Sabrina Janes would also run 11:13.62 in the same heat competing in the steeplechase for the first time.
JR Tori Yanco would garner a personal best in the women's 5000m with a 17:46.81, guiding her younger FR teammates Andrea Anez and Jasmine Rippey to personal bests of their own with 17:51.79 and 17:58.65 respectively.
JR Hope Bender would put on a powerful display of short hurdling, throwing down a 13.62 for the women's invitational 100m hurdles to take 2nd. She would improve on her old mark of 13.74 by 0.12 seconds, but she would just barely miss out on breaking Barbara Nwaba's school record by 0.03 seconds.
SO Ruby Mandell would set a personal best in the longer 400m hurdles, running 1:03.96 in the top heat.
The women's sprint contingent also had a field day in the 400m with JR Shamara Carney leading the pack in a personal best of 55.16 with SR Morgan Simpson just behind her in her own personal best of 56.13 to take 3rd and 4th overall in the first heat. FR Paige Richard would set a season's best and capture the win in the 2nd heat of the women's 400m with a time of 57.63.
JR Alivia Schlueter would rekindle some old triple jump magic today with a mark of 39' 3 ¾", the 2nd farthest jump in her Gaucho career.
SO Tori Palma would be on double duty today with new personal bests in both the discus 143' 6" as well as shot put with marks of 143' 6" and 42' 4 ¾" respectively.
Lastly, SR Kayla Thayer would go on to win the shot put in a new personal best throw of 47' 8".
UCSB will be headed down to Orange County this upcoming Friday to take on UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, and Long Beach State at the always exciting Big West Challenge Cup. Hosted by Irvine this year, the women will look to defend their title after narrowly beating Long Beach State at last year's Challenge Cup while the men will be keen to improve on their 3rd place finish.