Santa Barbara, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara track and field team clashed in the pouring rain against UC Riverside and Cal Poly for the annual tri meet this past weekend. After a one year hiatus, the clash against the two conference rivals came back once again, this time with the men's team taking the win over UC Riverside and Poly while the women's team would also take a win over UC Riverside, but would lose by a single point, the slimmest of margins, against Cal Poly at the conclusion of the meet.
UC Santa Barbara 111 UC Riverside 74
UC Santa Barbara 105 Cal Poly 84
Cal Poly 94 UC Riverside 85
UC Santa Barbara 112 72 UC Riverside 72
Cal Poly 97 UC Santa Barbara 96
Cal Poly 112 UC Riverside 70
Assistant Coach Darius Terry had this to say in regards to the team performances. " Both teams competed well in the rain. We weren't expecting a ton of huge marks due to the conditions, so we were more focused on just being competitive. It was nice to get the win on the men's side, and despite the loss on the women's side, there were tons of positive takeaways with how they competed amongst all events. We're looking forward to solid training over the next weeks, and we'll see what they can do in San Diego for [the Aztec Invite.]"
SO Celeste Wilson would take on the steeplechase for the first time this year with authority, holding onto a 10:49.08 that would net her 3rd overall. Her newest steeple clocking moves her to No. 8 on the all-time list.
SR Jenna Hinkle would take double wins in the 1500m and 3000m once again, opting to wait and strike in the latter half of both races to cruise to times of 4:29.41 and 10:08.70, her teammate Katie Camarena pulling up the rear in the 1500m for 3rd, just a second off her personal best in 4:37.50.
True freshman Thomas Wilfert would step up big time in the men's 1500m, producing a substantial sub-60 second last lap to set a personal best of 3:55.61 to take 2nd.
SR Blake DeHaven would take a close 2nd in the men's 800m, narrowly losing to UC Riverside's Heinr Van Niekerk by 0.40 seconds with a time of 1:55.20.
SR Patrick Bourke would taste sweet revenge after a subpar in the 1500m by executing a blistering final 200m in the men's 3000m to pull away from a huge Cal Poly group to win in 8:29.60.
Sprints, Hurdles, and Relays
Both relay teams would take wins in the 4x100m Relay, the women (Brianna Cheeks, Alana Epps, Brittney Johnson, Shamara Carney) clocking at 47.31 and the men (Chris Howard, Callan Cochran, Ryan Morgan, Sam Pica) taking it in 42.13.
JR Shamara Carney would power away from the women's 400m field in a time of 57.13, while true freshman Stephen Garcia would take another victory in the men's 400 in 50.33, just barely leaning teammate SR Alex Huggins who ran 50.34.
JR Callan Cochran would snatch the 100m win in a new personal best of 10.91.
JR Ruby Mandell would run away with her first ever collegiate win in the 400m hurdles with a new personal best of 64.20.
SR Morgan Simpson, who had only one competitor to run with in heat 2, would end up taking the overall women's 200m win. Unfortunately a fault in the timing system during the 200m wouldn't record an official time. She was still hand clocked, however, around 25.70.
JR Zach Nichols would have to navigate a slick runaway in the pole vault, but he would prevail in a tie with Cal Poly vaulter Matt Hunt, sharing the victory at a height of 14' 11 ½".
JR Joshua Rennick would capture two wins on the day, one in the triple jump with a mark of 45' 3 ¾" and another in the high jump with a height of 6' 6".
SR Austin Sahs and Jr Kordell Hampton would go 1-2 in the men's hammer throw with marks of 178' 5" and 173' 5" respectively, while SR Kiely Gode, SR Kayla Thayer, and SR Celeste Utley would go 1-2-3 for the women's hammer, facing tougher conditions as the rain's intensity would increase by the time the women got started.
Kayla Thayer would add on to her hammer performance with a win in the shot put, putting down a season's best mark of 44' 6".
JR Kordell Hampton captured a win in the men's discus with a throw of 165' 7", just a few hours after getting 2nd in the hammer.
Finally, Kayla Thayer would put a cap on a solid tri meet scoring spree with a win in the women's discus, hitting a mark of 132' 5".
The team will regroup with some quality training time for the next two weeks before they make the trip down to San Diego for the Aztec Invitational. Check back at UCSBGauchos.com for future coverage and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional photos and news.