May 3, 2008
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- After splitting the meet last season, Cal Poly got the better of the Gauchos this afternoon by taking a 121-79 victory on the men's side and a 121-78 victory on the women's side. Despite the disappointing results in the team scores, there were several seasonal-bests achieved by Gaucho individuals in the meet. The sprinters also had some key performances to capture spots in the field for the Conference Championships.
Jason Newland scored a pair of crucial Conference-qualifying times in the sprint races, which ensures that the Gaucho men will have an entrant in every running event at the Big West Championships. Newland started his day off right by running a 10.75 in the 100m dash, a time that would have been the 3rd-fastest in UCSB history if the wind had been legal. He then went on to take third place in the 200m with a time of 21.79. Likewise for the women, Sheneice Vargas qualified in the 200m dash with a time of 25.42. She also improved her time in the 400m by running a 56.92, which is a personal best.
There were three lifetime bests in the steeplechase for the Gauchos. Michael Powers led the way with a strong race, shaving another second off his time by running a 9:01.43. Julian DeRubira also had a personal best in the men's steeple with a time of 9:13.60, which was good for fourth place in a very fast race. Katie Voigtlander continued the trend in the women's steeple, taking second place with a time of 11:15.36. That time moves her up to 7th on UCSB's all-time list.
Tim Aukshunas and Chris Ashley controlled the 3000m race, taking a 1-2 finish with nearly identical times of 8:23.14 and 8:23.40 respectively. Aukshunas's time was a lifetime best that brings him up to 6th on UCSB's all-time list.
Fresh off the best weekend of her career, Jane Doolittle stayed in form by taking second in the high jump with a clearance over 5'6.75" (1.70m). She was up against the toughest competition possible, as Cal Poly's Sharon Day is currently the national leader in the high jump with a best mark of 6'2.75" (1.90m). Day jumped 6'0.75" to take the victory at this meet.
In the women's 1500m, Danielle Domenichelli led the way by running a comfortable 4:32.54, which was about seven seconds faster than the runner-up's time. Domenichelli also took third place in the 800m at 2:16.79. Her teammate, Sarah Roth, edged her out for second place in the race with a time of 2:16.37.
Salim Benmohamed found himself in another wire-to-wire race in the men's 800m. He was edged at the line for the second time this season, taking second place to Poly's Joe Gatel. Benmohamed crossed the line in 1:56.70. Gatel's time was 1:56.32.
The throwers captured the first and second positions in both hammer competitions. Jean Lightfoot was the winner on the women's side with a best throw of 147'2.50" (44.87m), and Ingrid Sutherland was second at 143'3.50" (43.68m). On the men's side, Jeff Stewart was the winner at 174'1.75" (53.08m), and Alex Umstead was second at 142'9.25" (43.52m).
Michael Guerra was the winner of the javelin throw at 180'2" (54.92m). The squad also got a boost from Stephen Horrell, who threw 162'11.75" (49.86m) to add his name to the list of Conference qualifiers. Jeff Stewart also notched another event win in the shot put, throwing 54'5.50" (16.60m).
Bethany Nickless is slated to run in the steeplechase at tomorrow's Payton Jordan Invitational, which takes place at Stanford. Next week's action includes the Claremont Invitational and the Big West Multi-Event Championships. The following weekend features the Big West Conference Championships, which take place at Cal State Northridge on Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17.
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