The Gaucho Men's & Women's Track & Field teams got off to a great start in 2006 this afternoon winning both titles at the All-Cal Challenge Cup. The UCSB Men edged out UC Irvine in a close team battle for 1st 248pts. to 232pts. The UCSB women cruised to their 3rd All-Cal title in a row beating out UC San Diego for the win 251.50pts. to 223pts. All in all, the Gauchos won 12 individual titles today, set thirty Big West qualifying mark, one NCAA Regional qualifying mark, five new UCSB all-time top ten marks and eight personal bests.
On the women's side Kylie McCuen (Sr.) began the 2006 season right where she left off. At the site of her dominating Big West Championship performance where she took home the 200m and 400m titles en route to her earning the 2005 Big West Track Athlete of the Year honor, McCuen again won both the 200m (24.79) and 400m (56.06). Elise Geiger (Sr.) who got stuck in the second heats of this afternoon's 100m and 200m events was able to take home a third place in the 100m (12.35) and a second in the 200m (24.98) overall while winning her heats. In the relays the Gauchos ran away with a pair of second place finishes in the 4x100m (48.24) and 4x400m (3:53.91)
For the Men, the Gauchos saw some good performances out of Max Bellissimo (So.) and Ryan Donnelly (Jr.). In the short sprints, Donnelly took home a third place in the 100m (11.08) and just edged out Bellissimo in the 200m for the win in a time of 21.96. His 200m mark ties him for 9th on the UCSB all-time list equaling Bellissimo's personal best set in 2005. Bellissimo, in that 200m race ran a 22.07. At 400m he also finished runner-up with a time of 49.21. The relays for UCSB were marked with a second in the 4x100m (42.16), just being edged out by UCI and a limited third place finish in the 4x400m (3:20.56) after an injury to Joe Krezanoski (Fr.) in the 100m dash.
Beginning with the middle distances, Lindsay Christman (Sr.) on the women's side finished 2nd at 800m and 1500m. Beginning to get out her early season kinks, Christman settled to a 4:36.31 in the 1500m and then approximately an hour later finished with a 2:18.05 in the eight. Also in the 1500m, Hadas Moser (Jr.) ran a Big West qualifying mark finishing 4th in 4:42.08. In the 5,000m for the women, Seanna Martin (Sr.) and Stephanie Rothstein (Jr.) cruised to a 1-2 finish. After going out in 5:34 through the mile they sped up a few seconds in the second mile before pulling away from the field in the third mile. Rothstein crossed the line first in 17:08.65, while Martin came in at 17:16.79, nineteen seconds ahead of third place.
The Men began the afternoon with Micah Tyhurst (So.) just missing the win in the 3,000m steeplechase with a fast early season mark of 9:11.17, just .2 seconds behind first place and just over two seconds behind his personal best. Ben Berkowitz (Sr.) grabbed a personal best mark of 9:24.58, good for fourth place. The next distance race on the track witnessed Mike Chavez (Jr.) kick in for a 3:58.56 win after a leisurely 2:14 opening 800m. At 800m, Rob Handley (So.) took second in 1:55.71 just missing his personal best of 1:55.17. Then, the last distance race of the day saw J.D. Krawzcyk (Jr.) run away with the 5,000m title in 14:35.57, a thirty-three second personal best. Krawzcyk broke the trailing Davis runners after seven laps dropping their 70-72 second per lap pace to 68's.
The women's hurdlers had a phenomenal day led by Stellamarie Hall (Jr.). In the 100m Hurdles Hall finished second en route to setting a personal best as well as the 7th fastest UCSB All-Time mark in 14.92. She then won the 400m Hurdles in 63.95. Diana Joyner who had run in the 400m before the hurdles took second in a tough double in her second best time with a 65.53. For the men, Kent Centers, traditionally a High Jumper took third in the 110m High Hurdles in a time of 15.85. Freshman Elmer Guzman took fourth in the 400m Hurdles in 57.77.
Jumps & Vault
Highlights from in and around the track include a pair of third place finishes from Jessica Horn in the Pole Vault (10-05.50) and Genevieve McGreevy in the High Jump (5-01), her first competition as a Gaucho. Out in the Long Jump, Katie Kramer (Jr.) leaped just short of her best, taking third today with a mark of 18-05.25. Jacob Maus (So.) took a second place finish in the High Jump based on number of misses after tying with four others at 6-06.75, including teammate Centers who was fifth. In the Long Jump, a busy Donnelly, grabbed second place with a jump of 22-07, just two inches shy of the win. Eugene Tuzkov (Jr.) however, was able to come away with a two-inch win in the Pole Vault. After himself and a competitor from Irvine missed at 15-07, Tuzkov cleared 15-03.75 on first attempt winning the jump-off.
Without their top-two throwers from 2005 who are red-shirting the season, Charlene Heaston (So.) stepped in nicely with a win in the Shot Put (44-01.50), a third in the Discus (150-08 and a second place finish in the Hammer Throw (149-02). Her Hammer mark ranks 7th all-time at UCSB. Jamie Schwarzbach (So.) was also third in the Shot Put (41-09.75) just missing a Big West qualifying mark. On the Javelin runway, Danielle DeBeaubien (Sr.), a Gaucho Heptathlete, won the Javelin competition with a toss of 116-00.
The Men went in today and took care of business much like they did at the Big West Championships at Irvine last May. In the Shot Put, the Gauchos took the first two spots with Jeff Stewart (So.) leading the way tossing the sphere 53-05 who notched a personal best and set the 10th UCSB all-time mark. Matt Barkley (So.) was within an inch throwing it 53-04.25, missing his personal best by two inches. In the Discus, Reif Lawson (So.) took third with a mark of 153-03, which followed a runner-up performance behind last year's Big West Champ in the Hammer, with a personal best and 10th all-time UCSB throw of 170-06. Stewart and Shaun Tolnay (Jr.) were right behind him in second (164-04) and third (158-07) respectively. In the Javelin Throw, Gabe Mann (Sr.) notched his NCAA Regional qualifier with a throw of 204-10. Two weeks ago he set a personal best and 2nd all-time Gaucho mark of 222-02.
For the women, this was their fifth All-Cal Cup win since its inception in 1998 and the Men's' third. Both squads have the most Cups in its short history. The Gauchos will be competing next at the Benny Brown Invitational. The Hammer Throwers will start off the weekend at Cal St. Fullerton on Friday with their traditional day of Hammer and Hot Dogs. The rest of the meet will take place on Saturday at the famed Mt. San Antonio College track & field complex.
Top Peformances of the Day
Ryan Donnelly - 21.96, 1st place, PR, T-9th All-Time UCSB
Kylie McCuen - 24.79, 1st place Elise Geiger - 24.98, 2nd place overall (winner of heat 2)
Kylie McCuen - 56.06, 1st place
Mike Chavez - 3:58.56, 1st place
J.D. Krawczyk - 14:35.57, 1st place, PR
Stephanie Rothstein - 17:08.65, 1st place
Stellamarie Hall - 14.92, 2nd place, PR, 7th All-Time UCSB
Eugene Tuzkov - 15-03.75, 1st place
Jeff Stewart - 53-05.00, 1st place, PR, 10th All-Time UCSB
Charlene Heaston - 44-01.50, 1st place
Charlene Heaston - 149-02, 2nd place, PR, 7th All-Time UCSB
Gabe Mann - 204-10, 1st place, NCAA Regional Mark
Big West Qualifiers
100m - Elise Geiger
200m - Ryan Donnelly, Elise Geiger, Kylie McCuen
400m - Kylie McCuen
1500m - Lindsay Christman, Hadas Moser
5000m - J.D. Krawczyk, Seanna Martin, Stephanie Rothstein
100m Hurdles - Stellamarie Hall
400m Hurdles - Stellamarie Hall
3000mSC - Ben Berkowitz, Micah Tyhurst
High Jump - Kent Centers, Jacob Maus
Pole Vault - Eugene Tuzkov
Long Jump - Ryan Donnelly, Katie Kramer
Shot Put - Matt Barkley, Timothy Delmundo, Jeff Stewart, Charlene Heaston
Discus Throw - Reif Lawson, Charlene Heaston
Hammer Throw - Reif Lawson, Jeff Stewart, Charlene Heaston
Javelin Throw - Gabe Mann, Danielle DeBeaubien