Women's Track and Field Preview, Round-Up
The Gaucho Track and Field squads will make their 2014 outdoor season debut this weekend, Saturday, Feb. 22nd, at Westmont College for the annual Round-Up. Also competing in the competition will be Westmont and Pepperdine. The field events will start at 10am with the men's hammer while the track events begin at noon with the 4 x 100m relay. Always efficient in running their home competitions, Westmont has the final event (the men's 4 x 400m relay) scheduled to start at 2:45pm.
UCSB, Westmont, Pepperdine
When: February 22nd
Start Times @ 10 am Field events- 12pm Track events
Where: Westmont College
When: February 22nd @ 5pm
Where: UCSB ICA
Inviting Track and Field Parents and Alumni to attend the meet and/or the dinner for a casual night of fun and entertainment with athletes/ coaches as our annual fundraiser for the track and field program.
Activities include: Athletes putting on talent show, silent auction/raffle, t-shirt sales, and games.
After the conclusion of the competition, the UCSB Track and Field Program would like to invite everyone to attend the annual Round-up dinner which will be held in the UCSB Intercollegiate Athletics Building, known as the ICA. Doors will open at 5pm with dinner being served at 6pm. The dress will be casual.
**The ICA is located adjacent to the track. If you follow El Colegio Road east it will turn into Ocean Road, with paid parking available directly across the street in front of the Thunderdome. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door the evening of the event.
Catchin' up with Tori
The UCSB women's track and field team will field a mix of new faces as well as familiar ones this Saturday. One of those faces will be busier than most. In just her second year at UCSB, Tori Usgaard will lead the charge for the Gauchos after a stellar freshman campaign. Usgaard took fourth place in the heptathlon at the 2013 Big West Championships while becoming the third highest scoring heptathlete in school history. After competing in 5 events at the championship meet, including the heptathlon, Usgaard was asked to carry the baton in the 4 x 400m relay. She delivered. Usgaard helped the Gauchos set a new school record with a time of 3:39.46, qualifying them for the NCAA First Round and a runner-up Big West finish. Two weeks later, led by senior Jennifer Carey's 51.5 split, the women would go onto to reestablish that record in Austin with a time of 3:38.86, again with Usgaard in the line-up.
The Gaucho throws squad will be led by senior Kathleen Guzman. Guzman is a two-time conference scorer in the discus- including a 5th place finish in 2012. Guzman will also compete in the hammer throw where her PR is just off cracking the top-10 list. Junior, Heather Hawes will help carry the load for the throws squad in the hammer, shot put and discus. Sophomore Ashley Alama and freshman Valerie Nestor will add depth in the weight events. Junior transfer, Hanna Person, will be an exciting addition to the group after taking second last season in the Northwest Community College Championships in the hammer while attending Lane Community College in Eugene, OR. Another name to keep an eye out for will be Melissa Rake. Rake pulled out a seventh place Big West finish in the javelin in 2013 and has continued to build momentum in the off-season. Just a sophomore, Rake will be a key piece to the throws group for years to come.
Leading the way for the Gaucho jump squad will be sophomore Jessica Emde. Emde captured 5th place in her first Big West Championship meet with a new PR of 5'7 in 2013. She is already off to a great start having cleared 5'5 twice this indoor season, winning the Vandal Open up in Moscow, ID. A trio of new comers, Kellie Gratigny, Laurel Shepperd and Kayla Campbell, will add depth in the long and triple jumps.
The Gauchos will look to fill the shoes of Jennifer Carey, the reigning Irish National Champion and World Championship Qualifier from one year ago. A new addition to keep an eye on will be Betsy Armitage. Armitage, a freshman, prepped at Clairemont High School in San Diego and was a CIF State Championship qualifier as a senior in the 400m. Armitage will be joined by another freshman in Kaitlin Large, who competed in the 4 x 400m relay at the CIF State Meet. Seniors Camille Petty and Jessica Johnson both have Big West experience and will be ones to look out for.
As a freshman in 2013, Shannon Trumbull narrowly missed the Big West final in the 100m hurdles. She looks to break onto the scene as a sophomore and improve upon her third all-time ranking in the UCSB history books. Trumbull will be joined by Hallie Brauner in the 400m hurdles.
Going the Distance
Leading the way for the Gaucho distance squad will be Maxine Goyette. Goyette was a Big West Conference scorer one year ago in the steeplechase. 800m specialist Jessy Hansen will bring a spark to the Gaucho mid-distance events. Another returner poised for a breakout year is Bailey Miller. Miller took seventh at last year's Big West Championship in the 10,000m. Sophomore, Sarah Schreck showed her improvement by placing in the top-20 in this fall's Big West Cross Country Championship and will be clipping off laps in the 5k and 10k this spring. Head Coach Pete Dolan and Assistant Coach Amanda Moreno put together another solid distance recruiting class in 2013, bringing in a talented group of freshman. Newcomers to keep an eye on are Rebekah Ent, Jade Fuller, Emily Lopez, Jordan Jeworski and Kelsey O'Connell. Lopez took 20th in her first Big West Cross Country Championship this fall and was the third freshman overall to cross the finish line.
The Gauchos will compete at Westmont before heading to UC San Diego for the All UC meet on March 8th followed by a two meet set against UC Riverside on March 15th and 27-29.