SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara Track and Field will have two Gaucho representatives competing this week at the NCAA Division 1 Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, home to seven of the last eight NCAA Championships since 2013. Taking place June 9th-12th, the championships will be hosted in the newly renovated Historic Hayward Field venue which had previously been under construction since 2018, upgrading to a world-class track and field facility capable of seating up to 25,000 spectators. Senior Chase Tarr will be the first to compete Wednesday at 6:15 pm PST in the men's javelin while fellow senior Astrid Rosvall will join shortly after on Thursday at 5:14 pm PST in the semifinal round of the women's 800m.
Men's Javelin (3 throw attempts plus 3 more for top 9)
Tarr comes into this meet as the third Gaucho in the last seven years on the men's side to make it to the NCAA Championships in the javelin under the tutelage of Director and Head Coach Cody Fleming. Historically, the Gauchos have sent five men total in the javelin to the NCAA Championships, the first dating all the way back to 1949 with alumni Delf Pickarts who finished second overall at the national meet.
Coming into the championships ranked 49th in the nation, Tarr has already exceeded well past expectations in the grueling regional rounds where he won the second of three flights to finish 11th overall to qualify for nationals. Missing out on the 2019 and 2020 seasons due to rehab from Tommy John Surgery, the senior has put on display one of the most consistent seasons ever, throwing over 65 meters in six of his last seven meets, winning the Big West Conference Championships in the javelin, and upping himself to fifth on the UCSB All-Time List with a 67.25m/220' 8" throw back in early March at the Fresno Pacific Spring Break Invite.
That level of consistency could come into play in tomorrow's competition with only five men in the field returning from the 2019 championships, but it'll still take a huge effort in order to make the top nine and advance to the final for those coveted extra three attempts any field athlete yearns for. This will be the strongest field Chase has ever encountered in his collegiate career, but with all that he's endured in the past three years, surely he's up for one more challenge.
Women's 800m (Top 2 per heat plus next 3 fastest times advance to Saturday's Final)
Rosvall qualified as just the second Gaucho ever on the women's side to make it to the national meet in the 800m, the first being alumni and former 800m school record holder Sabrina Caplis back in 1998. Ranked 43rd in the nation going into the championships, the 800m and 1500m Big West Champion in Rosvall had one of the most flawlessly executed races in the quarterfinals at the West Regional Preliminaries where she even splitted a school record performance of 2:04.87 to nab an automatic qualifying spot and chip another 0.03 seconds off her own record of 2:04.90 from the Bryan Clay Invitational back in April.
She'll have her work cut out for her in the semifinal rounds which include eight returners from the 2019 national meet and ten qualifiers from the 2021 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships back in March. Slated for the second of three heats on Thursday, Rosvall will take on her toughest field yet with four women in the 2:01 range, including 2019 NCAA third place finisher Avi' Tal Wilson-Perteete of UNLV and 2021 NCAA indoor fourth place finisher Lindsey Butler of Virginia Tech. A top two finish or even a time qualifier in a field like this will be a tall order for the senior Gaucho, but given her track record from this season, she has as good a shot as anyone in the field for a chance at an NCAA final appearance.