Fresno, Calif. - The UCSB women's track team used their final indoor meet of the season to record several personal best performances including two event wins by Jessica Emde and Shamara Carney. Competing in the Run For The Dream Invitational, held at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, the Gauchos competed against four other NCAA Division I teams, all from different conferences. In attendance were Fresno State, Sacramento State, San Jose State and Cal State Bakersfield on top of several other DII and DIII and junior colleges.
The Run For The Dream track is a shortened version of an indoor banked oval, allowing for the surface to fit inside the Save Mart Center. To make way for all of the events in the infield, the high jump apron was organized to where the approaches were between the indoor sprint lanes and the raised jumping runways, essentially allowing for nothing longer than a six step approach.
For some this was an inconvience. For the Gauchos it was an opportunity.
Jessica Emde has developed an aggressive eight step full approach throughout her college career, allowing her to build up plenty of speed through the curve into her take-off. Because of the pit alignment, Emde made a meet day adjustment, shortening her approach by two steps and cleared her first five bars all on the first attempt to win the collegiate section. The junior from Oakride HS then put her strength on display as she went on to take three attempts at a new personal best of 5'9.75 from her short approach mark.
In the women's 300m, freshman Shamara Carney accelerated out of a tight pack of six, took the lead on the final straight and went on to take the win. Carney would not only win her heat, she would claim the collegiate section title with a time of 43.22.
In the throwing events, Valerie Nestor set a new personal best in the weight throw of 53'1.5 to place eighth overall. Nestor also set a new lifetime best in the shot put with a throw of 39'1.
Freshman Kayla Thayer qualified for the shot put final with a new personal best throw of 39'8.75. Thayer would place seventh overall in the event.
Shannon Trumbull once again found herself in an indoor hurdle final. Trumbull ran a preliminary time of 8.35, qualifying her for the event final two hours later. Taking the third seed into the final heat, Trumbull held ground, placing third with a time of 8.36.
In another solid outing, freshman Kayla O'Brine threw 47'2.5 in the weight throw. After opening with two fouls, O'Brine found her balance and unleashed her third attempt.
The Gauchos now turn their attention to the outdoor season and will get ready for the Round Up against Westmont and Pepperdine at Westmont, Saturday, February 21st.