San Diego, Calif. - The Gauchos concluded their two day venture at the Aztec Invitational this past weekend with more All-Time marks being taken down in the process. Senior Astrid Rosvall would put down a No. 5 All-Time clocking in the 800m with a time of 2:07.89 while senior Cassidy Peng would clear 12 meters for the first time in the triple jump with a legal wind to move from No. 8 to No. 6 All-Time in 12.05m.
Rosvall Improves to No. 5 with Impressive Double, Peng No. 6 All-Time in Triple Jump
Redshirt Sophomore Astrid Rosvall would continue her string of strong two lap performances by taking third in the invitational section of the 800m. This would occur less than 24 hours after winning the open section on Friday in 2:10.89. Going up against a slew of competitors with sub-2:10 clockings, Rosvall would hang onto the front pack all the way to 600m in an unofficial time of 1:32, just below school record pace. She'd maintain contact with 100m left, but an unfortunate collision on the homestretch would lead to a pile up on the track with two athletes going down just in front of Rosvall; she would avoid falling herself but would lose key momentum in the closing stages of the race. She'd still walk away with a season's best and a conference leading mark for the event.
Senior Cassidy Peng would make a few leaps of her own in the triple jump to win the invitational section in a new personal best and No. 6 all-time mark of 12.05m (+0.0 m/s). After already setting a new best in the second round in 11.92m (+1.1 m/s), she would take the lead permanently in round three while also putting up another impressive jump in the sixth round at 11.90m (+2.2 m/s), meaning she put up three marks past her previous personal bests on the same day. She also put up a 3.72m effort in the pole vault to take first place in flight one on the same day.
True freshman Kendall Martin would finish third in heat two of the women's javelin with a mark of 40.47m. Taking ninth overall, she'd throw less than a meter behind her personal best that she set at the Cal Poly/UC Riverside Tri Meet which put her at No. 5 All-Time for the javelin at UCSB.
Junior Katie Camarena would take second in heat two of the 800m in a season's best time of 2:13.87. This would come after taking second yesterday in the invitational 1500m in 4:32.68.
Sophomore Paige Richard would set a collegiate best in the 400m to take third in heat three with a time of 57.60.
True freshman Chloe Kimes would set a personal best in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:03.05 to take third in heat three. This is the third meet in a row that Kimes has set a new personal best in the long hurdles.
Sophomore Chase Tarr would make an emphatic return on Saturday by throwing 62.60m to take fifth overall in the invitational section of the javelin. After missing out on the last two meets, this would be just his second time over 60 meters as a Gaucho.
Sophomore Stephen Garcia would take second in heat two of the men's 400m with a season's best time of 48.88, his second fastest clocking in his athletic career. Senior Alexander Huggins would set a seasonal best as well right behind Garcia in third in 49.20.
Freshman Tanner Berney would set a collegiate best in the triple jump to win the first flight in 13.95m.
Lastly, Senior Kordell Hampton would take second in the invitational section of the discus with a throw of 54.17m. With his farthest throw coming out on his first attempt, he would maintain the lead throughout the competition until he'd be just edged out by University of Arizona's Jordan Geist who threw 54.24m. Sophomore George Harris would have his best mark of the season in the discus in the same flight by throwing 48.47m, taking tenth overall with the second farthest throw of his Gaucho career.
The Gauchos will take some quick down time to reset after finals week and two days of track and field action, but they'll be ready to go soon after as they'll be competing next weekend at the UCLA Legends Invitational and Stanford Invitational. Check back at UCSBGauchos.com for future coverage and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional photos and news.