April 17, 2009
AZUSA, Calif. -- The Gauchos participated in two meets this weekend, with most of the team heading to Azusa Pacific for the Bryan Clay Invitational and a few athletes taking part in the Mt. SAC Relays.
As the team gears up for next month's Big West Championships, many athletes took the opportunity to improve their marks and pad their seedings for the Conference meet.
At Mt. SAC, Scott Smith improved his personal best in the 1500m to 3:44.28, which moves him up to second on the UCSB all-time list. Smith finished fourth in the university/open division and will likely enter next week with the second-best 1500m mark in the Conference.
At Azusa Pacific, Ryan Martin was moved down from his normal 800m distance to test his speed. He responded by clocking the fastest time of the meet in the 400m. Martin won Section 2 with a new personal best of 47.75, which is currently the second-best time in the Conference and the eighth-best in UCSB history.
Out in the field, Tamara Thomas qualified for Conference in the long jump with a mark of 18-9 (5.71m), which is a new personal best. Thomas is now sixth on the UCSB all-time long jump list. She also performed well in the triple jump with a mark of 38-7 (11.76m).
The throwing events were highlighted by Scott Anderson improving his shot put mark to 56-6 (17.22m), which was good for fifth in the meet. Irene Kujore threw well in the discus for the second consecutive week with a toss of 151-8 (46.23m), and Alex Umstead was the winner of Section 2 in the hammer throw with a toss of 175-9 (53.57m).
Other notable results were Jason Newland improving his 200m time to 21.51--which moves him up to fourth all-time for the Gauchos, Drew Johnston improving to 15.18 in the 110m hurdles, and Scott Finley clearing 16-6.75 (5.05m) in the pole vault for the second time this season.
Next weekend the Gauchos travel to Eugene, Ore. for the Oregon Relays.
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