Los Angeles, Calif. - The distance squad for UC Santa Barbara Track and Field took to the spotlight for the distance carnival portion of the UCLA Invitational while redshirt sophomore Astrid Rosvall and junior Katie Camarena gave some Gaucho representation up north at the Stanford invitational this past Friday.
Astrid would take second in the fifth heat of the 1500m at Stanford with a time of 4:25.66, making this the second occasion she's hit that time this season. After a slow first two laps, Rosvall would take the lead around 900m for a long drive home, but would just be outleaned at the line my Michaela DeGenero of Michigan by two tenths of a second.
Camarena would finish tenth in the sixth heat with a season's best time of 4:30.30, her second fastest clocking at the distance in her Gaucho career. She'd follow the main peloton for the majority of the race and keep a consistent rhythm all the way to the finish line for a two second improvement from her last race at the Aztec Invite in San Diego.
Following the middle distance trend up north, the women's 1500 group would put down some solid times of their own with sophomore Kelly Bishop and junior Sienna Serrao obtaining Big West Conference qualifying times in the invitational section, clocking 4:40.51 and 4:41.85 respectively. In the open section, sophomore pair Maddie Meade and Chloe Cox would make their debut 1500s to go 1-2 in 4:42.46 and 4:43.93. Meade would take the lead with just over 300 left and never look back while Cox would unleash an unprecedented last lap where she went from sixth to second.
"The women really showed up today in the 1500s," remarked Interim Head Cross Country and Distance Track Coach Darius Terry. "Sienna and Kelly got their conference qualifiers so that's a huge relief off their shoulders. And seeing Maddie win her first 1500m was exciting as well. Chloe came out of nowhere that last 400. A nice debut for her too."
In the men's open section of the mile, sophomore Alex Barr would make a huge move just past two laps to take the lead and win in 4:15.21 going away from the field. Teammate Isaiah Lozano would lead the first 880 yards of the race and be rewarded for his frontrunning efforts by holding on to third place in 4:16.44.
True freshman Emma Overell would win the open section of the women's 5000m in a debut time of 17:59.18. After getting dropped from the lead group late into the race, she'd rally for a second wind in the final two laps to take the lead with 300m to go and hold on for the win.
True freshman Jack Landgraf would be thrown straight into the fire of the men's invitational 5000m to finish in a time of 14:51.14, a Big West Conference qualifier by nearly four seconds. Running in a 20 plus man field, Landgraf would be towed along with the second pack to close with a 31 second last 200 to conclude his first collegiate 5000m on the track.
Finally, redshirt freshman Brian Schulz would find himself well acquainted with the longest distance on the track by taking fourth in the 10000m in a time of 30:39.37. Going out like a madman with the lead group, he'd split the first 5000m in a blistering 14:37, just seven seconds off his personal best in the 5000m he set earlier this month. Immediately after however he'd face a long and arduous journey in no man's land, mustering up just enough mental fortitude to keep things together for the second half of the race.