Both the UCSB men and women’s track teams put on a show at home, as each squad took first place in this weekend’s Big West Challenge Cup.
The women amassed 210 points to edge Long Beach State’s total of 205 for their fifth straight Challenge Cup title. The Gauchos were lead by seniors Stephanie Rothstein and Megan Lewis, as the duo had a 1-2 finish in the 3000 meters. Sophomore Danielle Domenichelli placed in two events, winning the 1500 and finishing second to freshman teammate Alyssa Brown in the 800.
Santa Barbara’s men’s total of 189 points topped Cal State Fullerton’s 170 and Long Beach’s mark of 168. Senior Mike Chavez set a NCAA regional qualifying mark in the steeple to win by more than 17 seconds and freshman Brian Sung took first in the high hurdles in front of the home crowd for the second time this season. The Gauchos also saw first place finishes from the 4 x 400 meter relay team and the hammer, along with a second place finish in the javelin.
The teams combined for victories in 13 events and a total of five qualifying marks. Each squad also took first when they hosted their first event on Feb. 23.