April 28, 2011

Blue Green Rivalry In Full Swing This Weekend

April 28, 2011

This Weekend
The Blue Green rivalry between UCSB and Cal Poly SLO will reignite again this weekend as both teams head off in a dual meet held at the Westmont College Track on Saturday April 30. This event is the only other home meet besides the Gaucho Round-Up for the Gauchos' 2010-2011 Track and Field schedule. Favorable conditions and a projected high of 72 degrees will set the scene for record breaking potential.

As part of the Blue and Green Rivalry, Cal Poly remains UCSB's biggest rival of the season. Last year the meet was split and the UCSB women won the meet while the Cal Poly men racked up the most points. With the Big West Conference Championships coming up in a little over two weeks, the "Cal Poly Dual Meet will be a great stepping stone for the athletes to get a taste of the Championship season. We're heading into this meet ready to put up some big marks and ready to compete," says Josh Priester Associate Director of Track and Field. Results will be posted after the last event at 4:30pm here.

Last Time
The Gauchos took part of the UCSD Triton Invitational last weekend and posted some good marks and times at the meet. Cassie Brooker lead the women in the 1,500m and ran a new personal best to finish second in 4:32.02. Jean Lightfoot finished second in the discus throw with a throw of 162'2" and also set a new personal best. Ryan Martin highlighted the men's 800m run with his first place time of 1:50.82 and André Piñon had a strong finish in the 400m hurdles in a time of 52.75 to place second overall. Piñon also helped the men's 4x400m relay team to a first place finish and a time of 3:12.37.

Moreno Rocks the Record Books
Senior Amanda Moreno from Escalon, Calif., had a stellar performance in the 5,000m at Mt. SAC to break not one, but two records. Moreno's time of 15:58.02 broke the UCSB school record in the 5,000m set by Danielle Domenichelli in 2010 and has also broken the Big West Conference record. Her performance earned her another Big West Athlete of the Week Award to add to the two she picked up for her performances at Ben Brown Invite and Stanford Invite. Since the beginning of the season, Moreno has been able to improve by nearly a minute and has her sights set on the US Track and Field Championships on June 25 in Eugene Ore.

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