LA JOLLA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara Track and Field competed at the San Diego Collegiate Challenge this past Saturday hosted by UC San Diego for their second outing in the 2020 season. In a compact but competitive field including six other universities in attendance, the Gauchos would finish second on the women's side with 120 team points to Navy's 167, and third on the men's side with 147 points to Navy's 165 and UCSD's 162.
Meet Records for Chahal and Rosvall; Mbamo Moves up to Ninth All-Time
Sophomore Jagdeep Singh Chahal put on a fine early season display of 1500m running with a personal best clocking of 3:54.37, a small 0.3 second best to break the meet record by Josephat Keino of USIA set all the way back in 2004 at 3:54.47. With teammate junior Alex Barr rabbiting all the way through 1000m in 2:35, Chahal would close out the race all by himself with a winning margin of 4 seconds. Also of note, Chahal clocked a three second personal best in the 800m less than two hours later in a time of 1:53.18, good enough for second overall to close out a solid double.
Much like she did last week, redshirt junior Astrid Rosvall won by daylight in the women's 800m leading from start to finish in a season's best clocking of 2:09.36, taking down Mini Hodgins of UC San Diego's meet record of 2:11.12 that has stood since 2005. Winning the race by over six seconds, Rosvall continues her early season relatively unchallenged at the two lap distance.
After just getting on the UCSB All-Time List at the Round-Up two weeks ago, sophomore Glenn Mbamo would surpass his collegiate best mark from late February to win the triple jump in 14.55m (47' 9"), adding a small 0.07 incriment to his best mark in a Gaucho uniform. Jumping with a 0.0 m/s wind, he is now tied for ninth all-time for the triple jump with David Ramey who jumped the same mark all the way back in 1988.
Other Event Highlights
Junior Chloe Cox paved her way as the de facto leader once again in the 1500m to win in a time of 4:36.11, a two second personal best off her 2019 mark of 4:38.24. Like the Round-Up two weeks ago, she would lead the entire race from the gun, building up to practically a 40m by the 800m mark.
The pole vault group strung together a solid effort with three women all passing 3.60m (11' 9.75") on the day, with Junior Kyra Sales, sophomore Jazmine Haratani, and true freshman Layne Hayward taking second, fourth, and fifth place overall. Haratani would equal her collegiate best and Hayward would set a collegiate best by jumping 0.40m over her mark from the indoor season, both missing out on the all-time list by just 0.01m.
Senior Tori Palma finished third in the hammer throw with a mark of 51.12m (167' 8"), the third furthest throw of her career. She also finished fifth in the shot put and sixth in the discus.
True freshman Mariana Lanz took third overall in the 200m with a new personal best mark of 25.45, taking almost 0.2 seconds off her indoor mark accompanied by a -1.4 m/s headwind.
Junior Jasmine Rippey and redshirt senior Megan Satterfield nabbed second and fourth in the 3000m with respective times of 10:10.96 and 10:12.69 respectively. Satterfield in particular shaved off 12 seconds from her personal best after leading the majority of the race from the start.
Junior George Harris continued to thrive in the hammer throw with a second place mark of 56.69m (186' 0"). In just his second time competing at the event, he added 5.50m on his previous best mark from just two weeks ago when he competed at the event for the first time at the Round-Up.
Sophomore Tanner Berney won the men's long jump in a season's best mark of 6.80m (22' 3.75"), jumping into significant crosswinds reading at -1.0 m/s during his winning attempt.
Sophomore Graham Michiels captured the victory in the men's high jump in a personal best height of 2.06m (6' 9"), a 0.03m improvement on his best from last year. The only one to clear that height on the day, Michiels would take a few attempts at 2.11m (6' 11"), a mark that would've potentially propelled him onto the all-time list for the first time in his career as a Gaucho.
Redshirt senior Chris Aichinger finished third in the pole vault with a height of 4.75m (15' 7"), a season's best and just 0.07m off his personal best from 2017.
Redshirt sophomore Brian Schulz took the win in the 3000m with a time of 8:23.12, a mark just two seconds off his 8:21.23 best that sits at seventh on the all-time list. Sitting just behind UCSD's Samuel Blake for the majority of the race, Schulz would finally make his move in the final 300m to pull away and win by over five seconds.
The Gauchos will split their efforts next weekend as the teams will take to both the Ben Brown Invitational and the Occidental Invitational to further chase some early qualifying marks for conference and regionals. Check back at UCSBGauchos.com for future coverage and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional photos and news.