Santa Barbara, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos will gather in full force this weekend as both the men and women will be competing on their home track for the annual Gaucho Round-Up against Westmont and Pepperdine. The Round-Up is set to begin at 10:00 am with the men's hammer throw as the first field event. Running events will commence at 12:00 pm starting with the women's 4x100m relay. The meet will follow a 7-5-4-3-2-1 scoring scheme with two per team scoring in individual events. Relays will be scored 7-5-3.
When: Saturday, February 16th
Where: UCSB Pauley Track (Meet) and Phil Womble Hall of Champions (Dinner and Raffle)
10:00am - Field Events
11:45am - Alumni Mile (free to participate in with alumni of all ages and fitness levels welcome to run on the newly surfaced Pauley Track; email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating)
12:00pm - Running Events and Track Meet Hospitality
6:00pm - Dinner and Celebration in Phil Womble Hall of Champions
There's still time to purchase tickets if you haven't already! Ticket sales can be found at the link provided here. Track meet hospitality and dinner will be provided at $75 per person while a dinner only option is available at $50. Children and recent UCSB alumni that have graduated between the years of 2014-2018 will have the opportunity to purchase a ticket for meet hospitality and the dinner at $50. Any further questions about the event can be forwarded to Mia Weber at email@example.com.
Meet Day Parking
On campus parking is available by the track in Lot 25 across from the Student Health Center as well as Lot 30 off of Stadium Road by Caesar Uyesaka and Harder Stadium. An on campus map is available at this link for more information along with other lots that will be available on the weekend.
Returning Conference Scorers
For 2019 the Gauchos have 22 conference scorers returning across the board (13 men, nine women) which include three podium finishes and two conference champions. The women's side in particular comes into this year determined for some hardware after a near miss from the 2018 Big West Conference Championships left them a mere two points off a team title, placing second to Long Beach State 120-122.
Sophomore Jarett Chinn returns as the only freshman in the Big West Conference on the men's side to take a conference title after winning the men's 800m leading wire to wire in 1:51.04. He'll have his work cut out for him as every athlete from last year's final save one return for 2019.
Junior Daniel Mountcastle has been at the forefront of the Gaucho contingency for the distance events as of recent with his second place finish at the Big West Cross Country Championships this past fall. With a fourth place finish and in the steeple and a surprise second place finish in the 5000m from last year's conference meet, he may be due for an individual title come May.
Junior Chris Ruggles finished fifth in the shot put last year after sitting out all of 2017 with an injury, so he's prepared to continue building his resume with another healthy year under his belt. Sophomore George Harris shouldn't be too far behind after a surprising eighth place finish in the shot put final with a personal best throw of 15.85m on the big stage.
Senior Kordell Hampton will be on a mission this year with more than just conference on his mind. The discus school record holder has finished as high as second in the conference finals for discus in 2017 as well as 14th at the NCAA West Regional Meet for the same event, a mere two spots away from qualifying for the NCAA Championship final.
Sophomore Chase Tarr had an incredible Gaucho debut with a third place finish in the javelin along with a personal best throw of 64.29m from the 2018 Cal Poly Dual. With five seniors graduating from last year's final, Tarr may have his eyes set on a conference title as the season progresses.
Lastly, sophomore Samuel Pica and senior Aaron Cheek return after taking seventh and eighth in the conference decathlon. Pica just squeezed onto the UCSB all-time list last year with his 6528 point performance at the meet.
With the distance program losing two-time NCAA Championship qualifier Jenna Hinkle, junior Katie Camarena may be looking to fill in her shoes this year as the new conference threat for the distance events. At last year's conference meet, she took fourth place in all three events she entered, including the 1500m, 5000m, and steeplechase.
Senior Hope Bender is looking to write her final chapter as a Gaucho with one last outdoor track season on the schedule. Having already qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships back in January, she had the most decorative season for a Gaucho in years with two NCAA Second-Team All-American finishes in the indoor pentathlon and heptathlon, two school records in the long and short hurdles, and two conference titles in the 400m hurdles and heptathlon.
Junior Ruby Mandell returns from a breakout season where she knocked three whole seconds off her 400m hurdle time to take seventh at the conference championships in 1:01.71, which fittingly enough put her at No. 7 on the UCSB all-time list for the event.
Senior Cassidy Peng looks to finish even higher up after setting personal bests in three different events (long jump, triple jump, and pole vault) and coming away with two seventh place finishes at the conference meet in the triple jump and pole vault.
Junior Josephine Graeber comes into this year after scoring eighth in the long jump and just finishing outside the scoring positions in ninth in the triple jump. She's already off to a good start this year after setting an indoor best of 5.78m in the long jump at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational in late January.
Last but not least, junior Sam Ruggles returns after making huge strides at the conference championships with a fifth place finish in the shot put (the same placing as her brother Chris), and a seventh place finish in the discus.