Scott Smith’s school record in the 5000-meter highlighted a weekend of record-breaking performances for both the UCSB men’s and women’s track and field teams.
Smith became the first Gaucho to break 14 minutes in the 5000 meter with a time of 13:56.72 to surpass Dave Cullum’s previous record of 14:00.00 set in 1997. Danielle Domenichelli also broke the women’s 5000-meter record with a time of 16:01.20 eclipsing the previous UCSB record of 16:12.77 set by Stephanie Rothstein in 2007. Both Smith and Domenichelli were competing in the Mt. SAC Invitational/open section against other collegiate athletes, professionals and unattached participants.
Competing at Azusa’s Bryan Clay Invitational, Irene Kujore placed second in the discus with a throw of 171’6″ (52.27m), a new school record — exceeding Amy Haapanen’s mark of 170’11” set in 2007. Michael Guerra also performed well, winning the javelin with a throw of 219’7″, which squeezes him into third place on the UCSB all-time Javelin list.
Other highlights from the Bryan Clay Invitational included Tamara Thomas winning the triple jump with a mark of 39’5.75″ and placing second in the long jump at 17’10.25″. The men’s 4×400-meter relay team came in first place with a time of 3:16.90 and Alex Umstead also won the men’s hammer throw with a mark of 189’4″.
Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams are in San Diego for the UCSD Triton Invitational which begins today and will continue through Saturday.