Track and Field Travels Up Coast for Cal Poly Invite
April 1, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Cal Poly Invitational
at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
note: hammer throw will take place on Friday, April 3
Scott Smith and Scott Finley became the first Gauchos to qualify for Regionals in the 2009 season. Smith competed at the Stanford Invitational on Friday, March 27, coming away with a new personal best in the 5000m of 14:03.26. On Sunday, March 29, Finley cleared a seasonal best of 16-6.75 (5.05m) in the pole vault at the Cal/Nevada Championships. Other noteworthy performances last weekend were Waleed Totari and June Farley reaching the Gaucho all-time lists in the 10,000m, Irene Kujore reaching the all-time list in the discus, and Barbara Nwaba reaching the all-time list in the high jump.
This Weekend's Meet
The Gauchos will travel north to San Luis Obispo to compete at the Cal Poly Invitational. The meet is on Saturday, April 4, with the hammer throw taking place on Friday, April 3 at 3:00 p.m. For the main meet on Saturday, field events will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the men's javelin. Track events will begin at 12:15 p.m. with the women's steeplechase. The final event will be the men's 4x400m relay, which is scheduled to begin at 3:50 p.m. Meet information and parking information can be found here. (note: link to PDF file)
The first two Regional-qualifying performances of the season were earned by two athletes who share a name, but compete in remarkably different events. Scott Smith recorded the third-best 5000m mark in UCSB history, finishing at14:03.26 at the Stanford Invitational. Scott Finley recorded the third-best pole vault clearance in UCSB history with his vault of 16-6.75 (5.05m) at the Cal/Nevada Championships. Both athletes have now punched a ticket to the NCAA West Regionals in Eugene, Ore.
The Irene Scene
Freshman Irene Kujore opened the season strongly at the Gaucho Round-Up and has started to improve as the season progresses. At last weekend's Cal/Nevada championships she threw 148-4 (45.21m) in the discus, which is good for eighth all-time in UCSB history. Kujore has qualified for Conference in the discus and the hammer.
Keep `em Coming
With her clearance of 5-7 (1.70m) in the high jump, Barbara Nwaba reached the all-time list in yet another event. She is now in a tie for seventh in the high jump and holds a position on the all-time list in four different events: the 100m hurdles, the 400m hurdles, the high jump and the heptathlon. Nwaba also came within four-hundredths of a second of qualifying for Conference in the 400m dash.
Go the Distance
At 25 laps and nearly 6.2 miles, the 10,000m is a tough race to prepare for. Last weekend, members of the distance squad participated in their first official 10,000m races of the season. Waleed Totari logged the first race on Friday at Stanford, and he reached ninth all-time for UCSB by running 29:54.16. Totari currently leads the Big West Conference in the men's 10k. The next day at Cal/Nevada, June Farley reached ninth all-time for the women by running 36:44.99, which was good for third place in the race. Farley is currently second in the Conference in the women's10k.
A few of the sprinters and hurdlers improved their seasonal marks to solidify their positions in the Conference. Jason Newland set a new personal best in the 200m at 21.79, which moves him up to sixth all-time at UCSB. Drew Johnston and Barbara Nwaba improved their hurdles times, with Johnston setting a 110 highs time of 15.23 and Nwaba setting a 100m hurdles time of 14.78. Nwaba moves up to fifth on the Gaucho hurdles list, and Johnston has now qualified for Conference in both the 400m hurdles and the 110 highs.
Quick Recap: USC Trojan Invitational March 21
Tamara Thomas took second place in the triple jump, recording a mark of 39-1.25 (11.92m) that currently stands as the third-best in UCSB history. Scott Finley cleared 16-0.75 (4.90m) in the pole vault to take fifth place and reach eighth all-time at UCSB.
Quick Recap: Sam Adams Combined Events, March 13-14
Barbara Nwaba set a new UCSB record in the heptathlon with a score of 4772 points, which also won the meet. In the decathlon, Derek Masterson won the meet with 6463 points in his first multi-event competition.
Quick Recap: Ben Brown Invitational, March 8
Barbara Nwaba and Scott Smith entered the UCSB record books with great early-season performances in their respective events. Nwaba set a personal best of 14.94 in the 100m hurdles to reach eighth all-time for UCSB, and Smith set a personal best of 14:14.09 in the 5000m to also reach eighth all-time.
Calling On All Former Gauchos!
The UCSB Track & Field and Cross Country program is updating its database of former Gaucho athletes. A new section has been added to the sidebar of the track & field site of UCSBgauchos.com, where team alumni can enter their contact information and preferences. By providing this information, the team will be able to contact you more directly and keep you informed of upcoming activities and events. Fill out the form soon to stay up-to-date with UCSB Track and Field.
Earlier this year, UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity and social awareness, and ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.
With the arrival of Mark Massari as Athletics Director in October, UCSB Athletics also launched the Gauchos Give community outreach initiative for all 450 athletes and 20 sports. Gaucho athletes give back to their community through free clinics, helping families during the holidays, providing financial and emotional support during tragedies, and touching the lives of youth.
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