Doolittle goes six-even at UCLA

LOS ANGELES — The field event athletes highlighted UCSB’s weekend at the Cal/Nevada meet, held at UCLA’s Drake Stadium and featuring colleges from the states of California and Nevada.

Jane Doolittle stayed in good form by clearing six feet in the high jump for the first time, winning the competition. She got over the 6’0″ (1.83m) bar on her third attempt, after needing only one attempt at the previous three bars. She is now half an inch away from the UCSB record of 6’0.50″ set by Tara Fairfield in 1990.

Tamara Thomas set a new personal best in the triple jump with a mark of 39’4″ (11.99m), which was good for fifth in the meet. Thomas moves up to second on the UCSB all-time triple jump list. In the same event, Tayler Williams moved up to fourth on the UCSB triple jump list with her mark of 39’2.25″ (11.94m), which placed eighth at the meet.

In the men’s throws, Alex Umstead got onto the UCSB all-time hammer throw list with a personal best toss of 183’5″ (55.92m). He placed fifth at the meet and stands 10th on the UCSB list. Chris Hamilton also set a personal best in the hammer, throwing 179’9″ (54.79m) to take seventh.

Jean Lightfoot performed well in the women’s throws, setting a personal best in the hammer (175’0″, 53.35m) to take sixth, and a seasonal best in the discus (148’4″, 45.21m) to take fifth. Irene Kujore stood out in the shot ring, throwing 47’2.25″ (14.38m) to place third.

On the track, the Gauchos had a pair of strong performances in the 800m run. Ryan Martin qualified for the men’s finals at 1:53.01, and then took third in the finals with a sub-1:50 time of 1:49.59. Sarah Vitug ran 2:12.90 in the qualifying heats of the women’s 800m, a time that places her ninth on the UCSB all-time 800m list. In the finals she ran 2:15.19, placing ninth.

Drew Johnston qualified for the 110m hurdles finals with a personal best time of 14.86, and would go on to place ninth in the finals with a time of 15.07.

In the day’s final event, the men’s 4x400m relay squad of Alvin Go, André Piñon, James Martin and Ryan Martin set a new seasonal best by running 3:11.95. They were the second team across the line, trailing UC Irvine and their time of 3:11.82.

The Gaucho men and women each placed seventh out of 28 teams. The men earned 49 points, and the women earned 47 points.

The track team will travel to San Luis Obispo next Saturday, April 3, for the Cal Poly Invitational.