April 16, 2005
A major weekend for USA Track & Field as many athletes and universities converge upon these two meets to compete against the best, the conditions are always ripe for qualifying marks and fast times. For the Gauchos, on top of qualifying for the Big West Championships, these athletes were focusing on one magic number - a West Regional Qualifying mark, which are based on the top 100 marks in the nation in each of event of the previous year.
Regionals will be held in May at the fabled venue Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. Indeed, the Gauchos were focused with nine male and female athletes getting their respective events' regional qualifying mark.
On the men's side at the Mt. Sac Invitational, Micah Tyhurst (So.) in the 5000m continued what has been one of the best stories of 2005 by taking another twenty seconds off of his time racing to a 14:17.72, just missing the regional qualifying time of 14:15.75. His time is the 6th fastest UCSB All-Time mark. Micah had a personal best high school two mile time of 9:25.48, and on this night he came through at 9:05 en route to finishing this 3.1 mile race. He has taken forty four seconds off of last year's 5000m seasonal best.
In the Men's Olympic Development 1500m, school record holder Scott McConville (Jr.) ran another great race finishing with a time of 3:46.79 just .02 seconds off his own school record. Mike Chavez (So.) also in the 1500m ran 3:50.98 a little off of his personal best but nonetheless consistent for 2005. Rounding out the distances, Scott Brandos (Jr.) again missed the Regional Qualifying mark in the 3000m steeplechase by just over one second racing to a 9:09.92. Justin Coburn (Jr.) in the 800m also ran another good time racing to a 1:53.87.
At the Pomona Invitational, the Gaucho men had good marks out on the field. Sean Thomas-Bignami (Jr.) continued a good season in the pole vault by winning the competition with a vault of 16'02.75. Isaac Herrera (So.) and Preston Biller (Sr.) finished one-two respectively with leaps of 22'09.25 and 22'06.50.
In the throwing events at Pomona, the men shot putters all threw over 50 feet, while the discus saw some big personal bests. Reif Lawson (So.) got a personal best by throwing the disc 158'01, Scott Anderson (Fr.) went for 145'04, and Nick Sheurman (Fr.) threw 144'01, all personal bests. The second farthest Gaucho toss came from Travis Leonard (Fr.) at 151'09, just shy of his best.
The events this weekend continue today at Mt. Sac in Walnut, CA with many of the Gaucho throwing and field squad competing. On Sunday at Mt. Sac the elite sections of all Track & Field events will commence at 9:45am with the Women's Shot Put. Tetlo Emmen, 2004 West Regional 800m Champion will be competing at 2:55 in the Olympic Development 800m run. Also competing on Sunday will be Heather Quinn in the Shot Put, Amy Haapanen in the Shot Put and Hammer Throw, Scott Anderson, Jeff Stewart, Matt Barkley, Ryan Lockner and Euegene Bradley all also in the Shot Put and Coach John Dagata in the Ha mmer Throw.
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