Los Angeles, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara Track and Field concluded their second day of competition at the UCLA Legends Invitational with even more UCSB All-Time marks to add to the plethora of personal bests that have already been accounted for this season. Along with a few improvements from certain individuals and more Big West Conference qualifying marks achieved, the team overall is shaping into fine form six weeks out from the conference meet.
Long Jump Dominance, Another Shot Put best for Palma
Junior Josephine Graeber and senior Cassidy Peng took first and second overall in the long jump with identical wind legal marks of 5.92m, with Graeber taking the overall victory going by their second farthest jumps on their scorecard (5.84m to 5.80m). Having already shared No. 9 on the UCSB All-Time List for the long jump, both Graeber and Peng will coincidentally be sharing a new spot on the list as they move up to No. 4, just 0.01m behind alumni Veronica Gines (2013) and Tori Usgaard (2017) who share No. 2 All-Time.
Not to be left out, true freshman Jiana Boston won her flight and take third overall in the competition behind Graeber and Peng with a new personal best mark of 5.84m. Boston also took fourth overall in the women's triple jump in a new personal best of 11.72m, adding a tenth of a meter to her previous best and putting her on the All-Time list for that event at No. 10.
Junior Tori Palma continued to add more distance to her shot put personal best as she took fourth in the first flight with a throw of 14.12m, her first throw past the 14 meter mark. This now has Palma ranked second in the Big West Conference for the women's shot put at the time of this writing.
Following her upperclassman, true freshman Gabriela Sanchez set another personal best in the shot put with a throw of 12.77m. Her new best improves her to seventh in the Big West for that event.
True freshman Kendall Martin took fourth place in the women's javelin with a mark of 40.37m, the third meet in a row where she's thrown past 40 meters. She would achieve that mark in her first round throw.
Senior Hope Bender returned to the outdoor oval after taking a short break from her indoor campaign that ended a few weeks back by taking a pair of second places in both the 100m hurdles and the 200m. Blasting through the hurdle barriers, the school record holder in this event would just miss the victory by seven one thousandths of a second to Danae Dyer of San Diego State (13.721 to 13.728). She would also equal her personal best in the 200m by clocking 24.15 (+1.2 m/s).
Sophomore Paige Richard set a collegiate best in the 400m to take fourth in her heat in 57.18, knocking almost half a second off her previous season best from the Aztec Invite.
Sophomore Stephen Garcia took first place in the second section of the 400m, setting a a new personal best of 48.30. Senior teammate Alexander Huggins would finish fourth in the same heat, also setting a personal best in 48.50. Both would knock almost half a second off their previous bests.
Redshirt Junior James Douglass bounced back from a subpar performance a week ago to win the second section of the 800m to run a season's best 1:54.76, over four seconds faster than last week.
Coming back from winning the open mile on Friday, sophomore Alex Barr took second in the invitational 1500m in a season's best clocking of 3:54.70. Teammate Isaiah Lozano, who lead the first half of the race, ended up taking third in a season's best of 3:57.72.
Lastly, true freshman Tanner Berney finished third in the triple jump to set a new personal best of 14.20m (+0.0 m/s), almost 0.20m past his best he set last year in high school. Freshman teammate Glenn Mbamo finished in fourth right behind Berney in 14.09m (+0.5 m/s).
The Gauchos will return this Friday to their home track for the Big West Challenge Cup. Check back at UCSBGauchos.com for future coverage and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional photos and news.