May 1, 2009

Gauchos Host Track Meet Against Cal Poly This Weekend

May 1, 2009

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The Schedule
Saturday May 2, 2009
Dual meet versus Cal Poly
Pauley Track, UC Santa Barbara
Field events begin at 11:30 a.m.
Track events begin at noon

Last Time
The Gauchos traveled to Eugene, Ore. last weekend for the Oregon Relays. At the meet, Katie Voigtlander finally qualified for Regionals in the women's steeplechase by running 10:47.68. Prior to last weekend she had barely missed qualification three times in a row. Other noteworthy results were Ryan Martin improving his 800m time to 1:49.35 and Scott Anderson improving his shot put mark to 57-7.50 (17.56m)--less than a foot shy of his own UCSB record. The meet took place at historic Hayward Field in front of a meet-record crowd of 6,901.

This Weekend's Meet
Central Coast rivals will square-off at Pauley Track this weekend, with UC Santa Barbara taking on Cal Poly in a dual meet. This is the only dual meet of the season for the Gauchos. Field events will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the running events will begin at noon with the women's steeplechase. A meet schedule is available here and tentative heat sheets are available here.

There's No Place Like Home
This weekend's meet is the final home meet of the season for the Gauchos. It's your last chance to see the Gauchos compete locally, so head on down to Pauley Track at 11:30 a.m. to see the athletes firsthand. For the meet schedule, click here.

On the Horizon
Believe it or not, the Big West Championships begin next week. On Friday May 8, and Saturday May 9, the multi-event (decathlon and heptathlon) championships will take place at UC Irvine. Team points are awarded, with the winners picking up 10 points and second-through-eighth place picking up smaller amounts. The same weekend, athletes looking to improve seedings or achieve last-minute qualifying marks will compete at the Occidental Invitational in Los Angeles. A week later, the Big West Championship Meet will take place on May 15 and 16 at UC Irvine.

Fourth Time's the Charm
Until last Friday, Katie Voigtlander was on the outside looking in at the Regional field for the women's steeplechase. Although she ran faster than the qualifying standard at the first official meet of the season--the All-Cal Challenge--the meet was still outside of the qualifying window that began on the first week of March. She would come close to qualifying at Cal/Nevada with a time of 10:53.50, and even closer at the Big West Challenge with a time of 10:52.0. She finally broke 10:50, again, and earned a ticket to Regionals with her time of 10:47.68 at the Oregon Relays.

Northward!
The majority of the team will compete at Saturday's dual against Cal Poly, but Liza Hitchner and a few other Gauchos will compete at the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford. Hitchner will compete in the 5000m at 7:57.p.m.

Quick Recap: Mt. SAC Invitational April 17
Scott Smith improved his time in the 1500m to 3:44.28, which bumps him up to second on the Gaucho all-time list. Smith finished fourth in the university/open section, and his mark remains the second-best in the Conference as of April 30.

Quick Recap: Bryan Clay Invitational April 17
Ryan Martin was the winner of the 400m dash with a time of 47.75, which moved him up to eighth all-time in UCSB history. The time was also the second-best in the Conference, and remains there as of April 30. Tamara Thomas also moved up the marks list with a leap of 18-9 (5.71m) in the long jump, which is sixth all-time at UCSB.

Quick Recap: California Invitational Heptathlon, April 15-16
Barbara Nwaba padded her UCSB record in the heptathlon by scoring 5039 points, only 11 points shy of the NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Nwaba was leading after Day One with 3200 points, and she set a personal best in all of Day Two's events to seal the record and place first overall in the meet.

Quick Recap: Big West Challenge Cup April 10
Ryan Martin set a personal best in the 800m by more than two seconds, coming across the line in 1:49.79 for the win. Martin's time was the fifth-fastest in UCSB history and earned him a trip to Regionals. Irene Kujore also qualified for Regionals with her toss of 158-11 (48.43m) in the discus, which is currently the fourth-best discus mark in UCSB history. In the team scoring, the men took second with 178 points and the women took fourth with 152 points.

Quick Recap: Cal Poly Invitational April 4
Several athletes made their season debuts, including Scott Anderson in the throws--who took first in the shot put at 56-0.75 (17.09m) and second in the discus at 160-10 (49.02m). Julian Samson qualified for Conference in the discus with a throw of 150-1 (45.75m), and Tayler Williams qualified in the long jump at 19-4.50 (5.91m)--just short of the school record.

Save the Date! The SB Awards are May 20
UC Santa Barbara Athletics presents The 2nd Annual SB Awards show Wednesday, May 20th beginning at 5:30 from the IV Theater. This year's event promises to be a first-class affair with red carpet photos, complimentary appetizers and refreshments and video presentations recognizing the great accomplishments of our student-athletes. The SB Awards are creative, funny and give us the opportunity to honor the amazing young men and women who pour their hearts into this great university while striving to win championships. Fans can purchase tickets to this event by calling (805) 893-UCSB.

Regional Qualifiers as of April 30
Scott Anderson - Senior - Shot Put mark of 57-7.50 (17.56m)
Scott Finley - Junior - Pole Vault clearance of 16-6.75 (5.05m)
Irene Kujore - Freshman - Discus mark of 158-11 (48.43m)
Ryan Martin - Freshman - 800m time of 1:49.35
Scott Smith - Junior - 1500m time of 3:44.28
Scott Smith - Junior - 5000m time of 14:03.28
Katie Voigtlander - Junior - 3000m Steeplechase time of 10:47.68

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