FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The UCSB women's track and field team traveled to Northern Arizona to compete in the Mt. T's Invite, held at NAU's Walkup Skydome on January 29-30. Several Gauchos advanced to final rounds in their respective events.
"It was good for us to line up against a few new teams we don't usually compete against. This was our first time traveling our to Flagstaff and we were impressed with the facility and the meet. Our hats off to NAU." said UCSB Associate Head Coach Cody Fleming.
UCSB got off to a good start Friday evening with the women's high jump. Jessica Emde leapt to her second win of the season, clearing 5'7. UCSB freshman Taylor Eddleman placed second with a jump of 5'5. Taking fifth, Hannah O'Connor cleared 5'3.
This was the 16th career high jump win for Emde.
Two other UCSB freshman also made an impression.
Cassidy Peng, placed second in the triple jump and 11th in the long jump. This was the second straight triple jump final appearance for Peng this indoor season.
Hope Bender qualified for the 60m hurdle final by lowering her best time to 8.86 in the preliminary rounds. In the final she chipped more time away, placing fourth overall with a time of 8.76.
Kayla Thayer paced the Gauchos in the throws, taking eighth overall in the shot put with a new personal best throw of 42'8.25.
In the women's weight throw, Valerie Nestor placed 10th with a throw of 50'7.
In the 200m Betsy Armitage placed 10th overall.
Next on the indoor calendar for the Gauchos is the Husky Classic and UW Open on Feb. 12-14. Both the UCSB men's and women's track squads will open the outdoor campaign on Feb. 20th at Westmont for the annual Round-Up.