Upperclassmen Take Home Track And Field Weekly Honors
Two seniors and two juniors put forth the Big West’s top performances to earn this week’s track and field awards.
UC Riverside senior Seth Totten nearly broke the school record for fastest time in the 5,000-meters as he collected Big West Men’s Track Athlete of the Week accolades. At the Stanford Invitational, Totten traversed the distance in 13:51.20, coming up just short of All-American Steve Alvarez (13:49.00 in 1981). The mark puts Totten at No. 2 on the program’s Top-10 Performers list, and ranks him No. 9 nationally, and first in the Big West by nearly 20 seconds. In a loaded field at Stanford, Totten finished third in Section 3 and ninth among collegians with his effort.
UC Davis junior Erika Barr (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) registered a pair of top two finishes in distance events to grab Big West Women’s Track Athlete of the Week honors. She finished atop the podium in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the UCLA Legends Invitational. Barr, in her first ever collegiate steeplechase race, won the event in 10:27.33. The time ranks No. 1 in the Big West, No. 8 in the West Region and No. 26 nationally. She won the race handily, beating out her closest competitor by 38 seconds. The debut performance already vaults Barr up to No. 3 on the Aggie career leaders list for steeple. In the 1,500-meters, Barr claimed second place with a personal-best time of 4:25.63. She ranks No. 4 in the Big West, No. 32 in the West Region and 56th nationally in that event, while settling in at ninth on the Aggies’ career leaders list.
Competing at the prestigious Stanford Invitational, UC Santa Barbara senior Thomas Gore-Schreck (Portola Valley, Calif./St. Francis HS) stepped up to the challenge as the Big West Men’s Field Athlete of the Week. He launched the javelin a personal-best distance of 221-07 to finish sixth overall in the invitational section of the event. Gore-Schreck’s performance ranks third all-time at UCSB, and improves upon his Big West leading mark from earlier this season. His mark leads the conference by nearly 22 feet. Gore-Schreck also ranks No. 14 in the West Region with that distance.
Junior Jessica Emde (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Oak Ridge HS) gives UC Santa Barbara a sweep of the field awards as the Big West Women’s Athlete of the Week. She turned in a fourth place finish in the invitational section of the high jump at the Stanford Invitational. Her leap of 5-09.75 made her the top collegiate jumper in the meet as she finished behind a trio of post-collegiate performers. Emde’s effort placed her at No. 5 in the Gaucho record book, while moving her to No. 14 in the NCAA West Region.
Others nominated (Men’s Track): Nick Woolf (Cal Poly); Chris Low (Long Beach State); Bryan Guijarro (UC Santa Barbara)
Others nominated (Women’s Track): Ashley Windsor (Cal Poly); Kaulyn Lee-McNeill (UC Irvine); Faith Makau (UC Riverside); Jessica Johnson (UC Santa Barbara)
Others nominated (Men’s Field): Ted Scranton (Cal Poly); Steven Williams (Cal State Fullerton); Jake Fraser (Long Beach State)
Others nominated (Women’s Field): Kiely Osby (Cal Poly); Melanie Samvalian (Long Beach State); Ariel Maroon (UC Davis)