SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara Track and Field opened up their outdoor season this Saturday at the Annual Gaucho Round-Up on their home track against local competitors Westmont College and Pepperdine University, the men and women sweeping the team victories to start the year off right. The women would finish with 136 team points overall with Westmont scoring 44 and Pepperdine 12, while the men would finish with 121.50 points with Westmont scoring 56.50 and Pepperdine 8.
"I think both teams competed well today," remarked Head Coach Cody Fleming. "I saw a lot of individuals in their respective events make their best efforts out there today, just attacking each attempt on the runway, trying to pass the next person on the track, things of that nature. It's exactly what you want in an opener."
"We also caught a few glimpses of things to come. Overall just good team energy, and it's time to get the season started."
Three All-Time Marks Achieved from Martin, Mbamo, and Ruggles
A few performances today on the Pauley Track were good enough to rewrite a few records on the UCSB All-Time List, with Kendall Martin, Samantha Ruggles, and Glenn Mbamo throwing down some significant marks very early in the 2020 season.
Sophomore Kendall Martin took a commanding victory in the javelin with a second attempt mark of 42.41m (139' 1"), good enough to bump her from fifth to fourth all-time for that event. Four of her attempts, including her second, were all past 40m on the day.
Fellow sophomore Glenn Mbamo would set a collegiate best upon winning the triple jump with a second attempt leap of 14.48m (47' 6.25") into a -0.2 m/s headwind. His jump would be good enough to just sneak him into tenth on the all-time list by a mere 0.01m.
Redshirt senior Samantha Ruggles would have perhaps one of the best performances on the day with a 14.24m (46' 8.75") fourth attempt victory in the shot put. Switching back to the glide technique, she would add over half a meter to her best to move all the way up to seventh all-time.
Though not an improvement on her best mark, junior Kyra Sales would win the pole vault in a height of 3.65m (11' 11.75"), equaling her personal best that currently stands at sixth on the all-time list.
Also of note, senior Tori Palma would just be off making the all-time list in the hammer throw with a winning second attempt of 51.91m (170' 3"), just 0.08m off number ten. She also won the discus on the day in 43.50m (142' 8").
Other Event Highlights
Junior George Harris would put in major work on the men's side scoring wise by winning the hammer, the discus, and the shot put with marks of 49.17m (161' 4"), 48.45m (158' 11"), and 15.62m (51' 3") respectively.
Sophomore Jagdeep Singh Chahal led the Gauchos to a 1-6 finish in the men's mile with a time of 4:13.30, knocking 3 seconds off his personal best and closing the last 800m in 2:03.
Junior Christopher Howard captured the 100m to set an all conditions best of 10.88 (+2.1 m/s), the fastest time in his career as a Gaucho.
Redshirt senior James Douglass knocked out some even splits in the men's 800 to win wire to wire in 1:54.13.
True freshman Brendan Fong would capture his first ever collegiate win by taking the 200m in 22.08 (+0.5 m/s).
The women's 4x100m relay squad (Alexa Cuevas, Mariana Lanz, Chloe Kimes, Hailey Ray) would put up a winning time of 47.42, a half second faster than what they ran all of 2019 in the first meet of the season.
Redshirt junior Chloe Cox led entirety of the mile from the gun to win by nearly five seconds in a personal best time of 5:02.99.
Redshirt junior Astrid Rosvall posted up even splits to lead the Gauchos to a 1-3 finish in the 800m with a time of 2:10.62, cruising to win by a huge 6 second margin.
True freshman Mariana Lanz would lead a 1-4 finish in the triple jump with a winning mark of 11.57m (37' 11.5") on her fourth attempt. She would also end up winning the 400m with a time of 57.70, just 0.05 off her personal best.
After dealing with on and off injuries for nearly two years, junior Ellie Nisbet finally got the opportunity to race on the track in a Gaucho uniform to win the 3000m in a time of 10:15.39, leading a 1-4 sweep in that event.
Other Event Winners
Stephen Garcia, Brendan Fong, Samuel Pica, Elijah Hodge - 4x100m Relay (41.73)
Anthony Hutton - 400m (49.84)
Graham Michiels - High Jump (1.95m/6' 4.75")
Matthew Molina - Long Jump (6.88m/22' 7")
Jiana Boston - Long Jump (5.55m/18' 2.5")
Alexa Cuevas - 100m (12.46)
Jazmine Haratani - High Jump (1.60m/5' 3")
Chloe Cox, Maddie Meade, Paige Richard, Astrid Rosvall - 4x400m Relay (3:57.65)
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