Competition concluded for the Big West Multi-Event Championships closing out the first round of competition for the Big West Track and Field Championships with record-breaking marks on the day.
UC Santa Barbara’s Barbara Nwaba set a new Big West Championship Meet record in the women’s heptathlon event with 5,709 points, breaking the previous record set by Sharon Day who recorded 5,642 points in 2008.
Nwaba was the only contender for the Gauchos finishing on top in five of the seven events, to collect a team total of 10 points going into the next round of competition.
With the runner-up finish, Sara Macey of Long Beach State accumulated a lifetime-best 5,160 points, which ranks third in school history. Kristen Kiefer placed fourth (4,985) and Phylicia Johnson took fifth (4,932) to combine for the 49ers a conference-best 19 points for first place.
Cal State Northridge brought in a combined 6 points with Olympia Jewett leading the way marking 5,040 points for third place overall. Cal Poly sits in fourth with a team total 3 points with UC Riverside closing out the race with one point respectively.
Derek Masterson of UC Santa Barbara continued in his back-to-back showing, leading all competitors with a total 7,355 in the decathlon. Taking second, teammate Mikael Powers scored 6,966, bringing in a team total 20 points.
Defending 2011 Champs, Long Beach State’s men’s team came in second as Dillon Fox led with a personal-record 6,595 points to finish third overall, with fellow 49er Mark Horist jumping up to the fourth spot with 6,541 points.
Cal State Northridge collected seven team points with Matadors frontrunner Derrick Harris scoring 6,441 for fifth, while Kevin Finley (6,407) and Donovan Toban (6,257) added to the total for third overall and Cal Poly collecting one point.
Competition will continue next week, Friday, May 11 starting at 9:00 am with the hammer throw at Anteater Stadium on UC Irvine’s campus for the final week of competition in the 2012 Big West Track and Field Championships. You can find live results online for past competition and this week’s upcoming events.