Feb. 21, 2007
UCSB dominated in the home opener last Saturday against Loyola Marymount and Westmont. The Gauchos amassed 189 points, Westmont finished second with 46 and LMU took third with 44. Redshirt senior Eugene Bradley won the hammer in a new UCSB record. Bradley's heave of 212 feet 11 inches broke Andy Shaeffer's record of 210' 08" from 1991. Gaucho athletes won 16 of the 18 events on the day with sweeps in Distance, Sprints and Throws. Westmont's Jeff Thompson was the winner in the 400 hurdles while LMU's Keyon Mitchell took the triple jump.
Junior Scott Anderson was 2.5 inches from a school record of his own with a mark of 57 feet 5 inches in the Shot Put. The junior now sits second on the Gaucho All-Time list behind Clark Chelsey's 1968 record throw of 57 feet 7.5 inches. The Gauchos throwers completed their sweep with wins in the javelin by senior John Delaney (197' 10") and a rare double in the discus for Anderson (160' 2.00").
The Gaucho distance squad swept the day with a double win by senior Mike Chavez in the mile (4:13.79) and 3,000 meters (8:31.63). Finishing off the sweep for distance was sophomore Scott Smith with a hard fought win in the 800 (1:55.54) over fellow sophomore Jeff Campbell (1:56.09).
UCSB sprinters had an impressive day sparked by what would have been two top ten marks in the 100 from senior Ryan Donnelly (10.75) and junior Max Bellisimo (10.90) if the wind had been legal. Donnelly doubled back for a win in the 200 in a time of 22.03 and sophomore Kris Shirley opened up his season with a win in the 400 at 48.96. In the long jump Bellisimo took home what would be his first of three victories on the day with a leap of 21 feet 10 inches. Bellissimo led the 4 x 100 meter relay and 4 x 400 meter relay to first place finishes in 42.31 and 3:22.03 respectively. Senior Eugen Tuzkov (15'6") was the winner in the pole vault for the second year in a row while freshman Brian Sung rounded out the day with a victory in the 110-meter hurdles in his first collegiat race with a time of 15.76.
The next meet for the Gauchos is the All-Cal Cup at UC Irvine on March 3rd.