2012 UCSB Women's Track and Field News

July 2, 2012
Gaucho Alumni Shine at U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials
While recent UC Santa Barbara graduates Ryan Martin and Barbara Nwaba were posting impressive performances at their first U.S. Olympic Trials, they were joined in Eugene by several fellow Gaucho alums.

June 30, 2012
Nwaba Takes Fifth in the Heptathlon at the U.S. Olympic Trials
UCSB's Barbara Nwaba finished fifth on Saturday in the heptathlon at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon. The collegiate All-American finished with a total of 5,986 points.

June 29, 2012
Nwaba in Fourth After Day One of U.S. Olympic Trials
Recent UC Santa Barbara graduate Barbara Nwaba had a strong opening day on Friday in the women’s heptathlon at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. The collegiate All-American currently sits in fourth place with 3,736 points, which is just 26 points out of third place and 212 out of first.

June 19, 2012
Martin, Nwaba Head to U.S. Olympic Trials
Two recent UCSB graduates will be competing in the 2012 Olympic Track and Field Trials, which begin on June 21 and end on July 1, and take place at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

June 18, 2012
Nwaba Headlines Big West All American Selections
Irvine, Calif. - Led by Barbara Nwaba, four Big West track and field athletes were named to the annual USTFCCCA All-America First Team following their success at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, last week. Three additional student-athletes received All-America Second Team honors and five field participants were placed on the All-American Honorable Mention list.

June 9, 2012
Barbara Nwaba Finishes First as an American in the NCAA Championships
UC Santa Barbara Senior, Barbara Nwaba finished second in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships on Friday, earning All-American honors.

June 8, 2012
Nwaba Holds On to Second Place after Day One at NCAA Champs
DES MOINES, Iowa-- Barbara Nwaba currently holds on to second place after day one of the heptathlon event at the NCAA Division 1 Championships at Drake Stadium. Nwaba capped off day one with a total of 3,596 points while Oregon's Brianne Theisen holds the lead with 3,803 points.

June 5, 2012
UCSB Head Track and Field Coach Pete Dolan Named NCAA West Region Coach of the Year
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches of America (USTFCCCA) announced its men’s and women’s Athletes and Coaches of the Year on Monday, naming Pete Dolan, UCSB's Track and Field Head Coach as the West Region Coach of the Year.

May 27, 2012
Ryan Martin Punches His Ticket to NCAA Championships
Ryan Martin blazed through the 800m semi-finals on Saturday to qualify for the NCAA Divsion 1 Championships June 6-9 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Martin had the second fastest time, crossing the finish with a time of 1:47.49. Ricky West of the University of Missouri had the fastest semi-finals time at 1:46.65.

May 25, 2012
Justine Diaz Qualifies for the 800m Semis After Day 1 of NCAA Preliminaries
Senior Justine Diaz has qualified to compete in NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa June 6-9 after her performance in the 800m in the preliminary round on Thursday. Diaz ran a 2:07.26 to finish top three in the first heat which earned her an automatic qualification.

May 22, 2012
UCSB Will Send Seven Women to NCAA West Preliminaries This Weekend
The NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced the participants in the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Preliminary Championship Competition.

May 17, 2012
Big West Honors Barbara Nwaba As Field Athlete of the Year
The ballots from the Big West Conference Office came in on Wednesday, declaring Barbara Nwaba as the 2012 Big West Female Field Athlete of the Year and Head Coach Pete Dolan as the Big West Women's Co-Coach of the year. Dolan shares the honors with UC Davis' head coach Drew Wartenburg who lead his women's team to their first Big West title.

May 17, 2012
Track & Field Head Coach Pete Dolan Named Big West Men & Women Coach of the Year
The UCSB track and field team picked up several post Big West Conferece awards on Wednesday with UCSB Head Coach Pete Dolan being named Big West Coach of the Year on both the men's and women's side. In addition, Barbara Nwaba was named Big West Field Athlete of the Year while Shyan Vaziri was awarded co-Big West Freshman Male Athlete of the Year.

May 13, 2012
Gaucho Women Eked Out by UC Davis in Big West Championship
The UCSB women's track and field team put up a hard-faught weekend of competition and came extremely close to winning their first Conference team title in several decades. Unfortunately, the women were separate by 0.5 points from this year's 2012 Big West Champions, UC Davis who scored a combined team total of 170 points.

May 12, 2012
Gaucho Women Claim Several Conference Titles & Break Records After Day 1 of Conference Championships
The UCSB women track and field team got off to a great start after day one of the Big West Conference Championship held at UC Irvine's Anteater Stadium. Several women claimed Big West Conference titles and knocked down personal as well as school records. The women currently have the lead with a total of 73 points after seven events and ahead of Long Beach State University who has 51 points.

May 9, 2012
Gauchos Head Into Big West Conference Championships With Their Eyes on the Prize
The UCSB Gauchos will head down to UC Irvine's Anteater Stadium this weekend for the remainder of the Big West Conference Championships, May 11-12. Last year Long Beach State University won the men's division while the California State University-Northridge won the women's division. The Gauchos are looking in pretty good shape and hungrier than ever to reclaim their title.

May 9, 2012
It's Four in a Row for Nwaba--Big West Honors Her As Heptathlon Championship
The Big West Conference awarded Barbara Nwaba her fourth consecutive Big West Athlete of the Week award after her performance at the Conference Multi-Event Championship last weekend at UC Irvine's Anteater Stadium.

May 6, 2012
Nwaba Wins Second Big West Heptathlon Championship, Breaks 4-year Old Record
The blood sweat and tears that goes into training for a multi-event all paid off for UCSB this past weekend as Barbara Nwaba nabbed he second vicotry in the heptathlon at the Big West Multi-Event Championships.

May 5, 2012
Cassie Brooker Runs Life-time Best in 1,500m at Oxy Invite
While the UCSB multi-athletes competed in day two of the Big West Multi-event Championships, part of the UCSB squad was an hour north, competing in the Occidental Invite on Saturday, May 5.

May 4, 2012
Nwaba Dominates the Heptathlon After Day One of Big West Multi's Championship
Senior Barbara Nwaba has a strong lead in the heptathlon after day one of competition at the Big West Multi-event Championship held at UC Irvine. Nwaba's score after four events is 3,648 and 400 points more than her closest competitor, Phylicia Johnson of Long Beach State University.

May 1, 2012
Nwaba Nabs Third Consecutive Big West Athlete of the Week Honors
Barbara Nwaba has been on a roll lately and it looks like she isn't stopping anytime soon. The senior nabbed her third consecutive Big West Athlete of the Week honors for her performance this past weekend at the Cal Poly Dual meet.

April 28, 2012
Gaucho Women Defeat Cal Poly, Nwaba Secures Three Individual Victories
Notable performances today were highlighted by Barbara Nwaba who competed in the 100m hurdles, high jump and javelin events, and winning all three in clear fashion. In the throws, Irene Kujore had a great performance winning both the shot put and discus events while Alex Umstead lead the men's hammer throw and shot put events. Mitchell Haag captured another victory in the high jump while the vertical jumps were lead by John Walsh in the long jump and Arthur Dyson in the triple jump. In the running events, Ryan Martin highlighted the 400m for a new lifetime best time while Shyan Vaziri lead the men's 1,500m and breaking another PR.

April 25, 2012
Barbara Nwaba: A Great Example
No one represents the Gaucho blue and gold better than Barbara Nwaba. As a fifth year senior heptathlete for UCSB Track and Field she finds herself ranked No. 1 in NCAA and holds the school record for the heptathlon.

April 21, 2012
Kujore Wins Shot Put, Leads Gaucho Women at Bryan Clay Invite
The majority of the UCSB track and field team competed on Friday at the Bryan Clay Invite in Azsua, Calif. with two victories, one on the women's and one on the men's side. On Friday, two Gaucho middle distance runners competed at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.

April 20, 2012
Anthony Masci Sets New PR in 3k Steeple, Finishes Top 10 at Mt. SAC
Anthony Masci highlighted the men's distance race in the 3,000m steeplechase at the 54th annual Mt. SAC Relays held at Hilmer Lodge Stadium on Thursday. Masci clocked in 9:04.52 for a new personal best time, placing eighth out of 24 runners.

April 19, 2012
Barbara Nwaba is through the looking glass
Three years before getting a No. 1 NCAA rating, UCSB's Barbara Nwaba had to take a serious look into the mirror.

April 17, 2012
Nwaba Picks Up Second-Consecutive Big West Athlete of the Week Award
The Big West Conference voted Senior Barbara Nwaba Big West Female Field Athlete of the week earlier today for her performances this past weekend at the Big West Challenge Cup. For the second-consecutive week, Nwaba has earned Big West honors in the javelin and the 100-meter hurdles. The Los Angeles native who specializes in multi-events like the indoor pentathlon and the outdoor heptathlon won botht he high jump (5-9.75) and the javelin (131-9). She also placed second in the 100m hurdles, clocking in a time of 13.82.

April 16, 2012
Women Come Out Firing To Defend Big West Challenge Title
Despite having the meet rescheduled due to weather conditions, Gaucho women got off to a great start and defended their Big West Challenge title at the Titan track on Sunday while the Gaucho men finished second to Long Beach State. Among the other schools at the meet were UC Irvine and host CSU Fullerton.

April 14, 2012
Rain, Rain, Go Away: Big West Challenge Postponed Till Sunday
Due to less than ideal weather conditions, the 20th annual Big West Challenge which was slated to start on Friday has been postponed until Sunday, Apr. 15. There were be a new revised schedule with start times all three hours earlier. The field events will kick off with the hammer throw at 11:30am on Sunday. The first track event will be the 3000 meter steeplechase which will begin on 2 p.m. on Sunday

April 10, 2012
Barbara Nwaba Breaks Big West Heptathlon Record, Ranked Number 1 in Nation
Barbara Nwaba continued to light up the track at the Sam Adams Invitational last week with her new Big West Conference record breaking score of 5986 in the heptathlon. Nwaba won Big West Conference Athlete of the Week awards for her performance and is currently nationally recongized as number one in the entire nation. The Los Angeles native has qualified for an automatic spot in the NCAA Championships later this season.

April 10, 2012
Gaucho Women Finish Eighth, Men Win Cal/Nevada Championship
For the first time ever, UC Santa Barbara men’s track and field team won the title at the Cal/Nevada Track & Field Championship held at Claremont Scripps College. The Gaucho women finished eighth.

April 9, 2012
Nwaba, Masterson Shine at Sam Adams Multi-Events Meet
UC Santa Barbara senior Barbara Nwaba broke the all-time Big West Conference record in the record in the heptathlon with a score of 5,986 at the Sam Adams Multi-Events Meet last week at Westmont College. Nwaba’s score ranks her at No. 1 in the NCAA and surpassed the Olympic Trials A Standard and hit the Olympic Games B standard.

April 9, 2012
Gauchos Compete at Stanford Invitational
UC Santa Barbara traveled to Palo Alto last weekend to compete in the 2012 Stanford Invitational. The meet, held Friday and Saturday, April 6 & 7, included hundreds of outstanding athletes.

March 26, 2012
Sam Adams Invitational Features World Champions & Olympic Hopefuls
Some of the worlds greatest athletes will be converging in Santa Barbara for the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational held on April 2–3 at Westmont College. The Sam Adams Invitational is named for legendary UC Santa Barbara Track & Field coach Sam Adams who passed away in 2010. This year’s field includes a star studded cast of past Olympians, World Record holders, World Champions, National Champions and NCAA Champions.

March 25, 2012
Gauchos Roll at Cal Poly Invite
The UC Santa Barbara Track and Field team spent their first weekend of spring break tearing it up in the Cal Poly Invitational at Cal Poly. The men’s team recorded 141.5 points to top the home team, Cal Poly, which secured 135 points. They were followed by in by Fresno State’s 77.5 third place and Cal State Bakersfield 25 point fourth. The women also blew away the competition scoring 98 points followed again by Cal Poly who ended with 79. Fresno managed a close third with 75 points while Cal St. bakersfield brought up fourth place with 39 points and Running Divas posted one point for fifth and last place.

March 10, 2012
Nwaba Fourth at NCAA Indoor Championships, Earns First Team All-American Honors
Earlier this Saturday, Senior Barbara Nwaba placed fourth in the nation in the pentathlon with her score of 4,241 at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships, earning First Team All-American honors. Nwaba not only represented UC Santa Barbara at this national meet, but the Big West Conference as well.

March 10, 2012
Gauchos Claim Several Individual Victories at Riverside Dual Meet
While Barbara Nwaba was competing at the NCAA Indoor Championships, the rest of the Gaucho Track and Field headed down to UC Riverside to compete in a dual meet. After seven long years, UC Riverside hosted its first home meet following the renovation of its new track.

March 7, 2012
Nwaba NCAA Indoor Champs Bound, Rest of the Gauchos Head to Riverside This Weekend
Barbara Nwaba will head to Nampa, Ida. this weekend to compete in her second NCAA Indoor Championships in the pentathlon. Nwaba's score of 4,244 that she earned at the University of Washington meets the 'A' standard and automatically qualifies her to compete in the Indoor Championships. Nwaba is currently ranked second in the nation behind University of Oregon's Brianne Theisen.

March 4, 2012
Gauchos Come Out On Top at All-UC Meet, Breaking Several Meet Records
Several of the University of California schools descended upon Anteater Stadium on Saturday, March 3rd for the All-UC Meet, the first Big West Conference meet of the 2012 outdoor season. The Gauchos finished first on both the men’s and women’s side—the men’s team dominating the meet with a total of 224 points and the women capturing 185 total points.

February 29, 2012
Gauchos Head to Irvine for All-UC Meet
The Gauchos will head to Irvine, Calif. for the All-UC meet, hosted by Anteater Stadium. The All-UC meet will mark the first official Big West Conference outdoor meet of the 2012 season.

February 24, 2012
UCSB Indoor Track Team Currently Ranked 25th in the NCAA
The UC Santa Barbara women's indoor track and field team is currently ranked 25th in the nation as of February 20, 2012. UCSB is the only Big West school currently ranked top 50 in the nation, and the only other University of California school other than Berkeley who is ranked number 19.

February 19, 2012
UCSB Have Strong Showing Against Westmont and Pepperdine at Gaucho Round-Up
The UC Santa Barbara track and field team kicked off the Gaucho Round-Up, the first outdoor meet of the season on Saturday, February 18th with a victory for both the men’s and women’s teams. The men finished with 174.5 points, 60 points ahead of its closest competitor, Westmont College. The women came out on top with 170 total points followed by Westmont with 112 and Pepperdine University with 46.

February 18, 2012
Men's and Women's Track & Field: 2/18: 2012 Outdoor Opener
Men's and Women's Track & Field dominate against Westmont and Pepperdine

February 15, 2012
UCSB Kicks Off Outdoor Season With Gaucho Round-Up at Westmont College
This Saturday, the Gaucho men and women will head to Westmont College to kick off their 2012 outdoor season in the Gaucho Round-Up. The first event of the meet will be the men's hammer throw which will begin at 10:45am followed by the women's 4x100m relay for the track events at 12:00pm. The meet is tenatively scheduled to end with the 4x400m relay event at 3:20pm.

February 11, 2012
Ajoku Finishes Second in Pentathlon, Bittersweet End to a Successful Track & Field Career
Senior Maureen Ajoku will end her four year track and field career at UC Santa Barbara with a lot of hard work and dedication, plenty of memories and a whole lot to be proud of. Ajoku's 2012 indoor track season came to end this evening after she placed second at the Boise State Invitationlas in the pentathlon and setting a tremendous personal record. Her score of 3,785 was an improvement of nearly one hundred points from her previous mark of 3,688 that she earned at the University of Washington Invite two weeks ago.

February 1, 2012
Gauchos Ranked 30th in Indoor Track, Nwaba Top 3 in Pentathlon & High Jump, Kujore is 19th in Weight Throw
The UC Santa Barbara Women's Indoor track and field team has gotten off to a great start and it looks like they aren't slowing down any time soon. Currently, the Gauchos are ranked 30th in the NCAA Division I, the only Big West Team in the top-50, let alone top-100. The only other Big West rival is Long Beach State University who is ranked 136th.

January 29, 2012
Kujore Wins Weight Throw On Day Two of UW Invite
After a great performance from Barbara Nwaba in the pentathlon where she qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championship, broke her own indoor pentathlon school record, and ranked the second in the nation, the Gauchos ended day one of the University of Washington Invite with a bang. Day two’s stage was set and the rest of the women’s indoor track team proved they could compete with some of the best athletes around the nation.

January 28, 2012
Nwaba Qualifies for NCAA Indoor Championships Yet Again, Ranked Second in NCAA
The Gauchos had a great showing after day one's pentathlon event, with senior Barbara Nwaba setting plenty of standards and breaking her own school record in the pentathlon. Nwaba's score of 4,244 earned her second in the event and currently ranks her number one in NCAA Divison I. Nwaba's indoor high jump mark of 6-0.5 is ranked the third highest in the entire country and also breaks the indoor high jump UCSB record.

August 15, 2011
Nwaba Wins Javelin, Finishes 8th at Jim Thorpe Cup

July 12, 2011
Nwaba Will Join Team USA for Jim Thorpe Cup
Senior Barbara Nwaba has been selected as a member of the USA National Track and Field team that will compete in the Jim Thorpe Cup in Chula Vista, Calif., August 13-14. The Thorpe Cup is an international track and field competition between the United States and Germany. Nwaba will be among seven women and men who compete in the decathlon and heptathlon. The overall winning team of the combined events will be based on the top five men’s and top three women’s scores.

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24 Gauchos Garner Big West Academic All-Conference Distinction
A total of 24 UC Santa Barbara student-athletes that compete in winter or spring Big West Conference sponsored sports were honored with Academic All-Conference honors it was announced on Friday.