Haapanen is Happenin’
UCSB’s Amy Haapanen Throws Hammers, Tosses Discuses, and Shot Puts to Record Books
Thursday, May 24, 2007
“I’ve heard that countless times,” said Amy Haapanen. “Sometimes a stranger will say it and I wonder, ‘Do you know me?’ It turns out they don’t realize it’s my last name.”
Haapanen, a strapping UCSB senior from Manteca, has been making things happen for the Gaucho track and field team. The Big West named her the Female Field Athlete of the Year after she put on a throwing clinic at the conference championships. Haapanen shattered the meet record by more than 11 feet as she won the hammer with a toss of 206Ê¹3Ê°; she won the shot put with a school record of 52Ê¹3Â½Ê°; and she placed second in the discus with a mark of 171Ê¹11Ê°, another school record.
By Paul Wellman
UCSB finished second in both the men’s and women’s team scoring at the Big West Championships and will send 20 athletes to the NCAA West Regionals this weekend in Eugene, Oregon. They hope to qualify for the NCAA Nationals, happening June 6-9 in Sacramento, and Haapanen has the highest aspirations among them.
“I’d really like to make the national finals and be an All American,” she said. “I’d have to be one of the top eight American throwers.” Haapanen, born in the U.S. of Finnish and Panamanian parents, is ranked sixth on the NCAA women’s hammer list with her throw of 213Ê¹10Â¼Ê° in April. The leader is Georgia’s Jenny Dahlgren, who is from Argentina.
By Paul Wellman
Gaucho distance runner Stephanie Rothstein, the Big West Female Track Athlete of the Year for the second time, will be vying for another All-America honor. She finished eighth in the women’s 10,000 meters at the 2006 NCAA meet and set a conference record of 33 minutes, 26.79 seconds this year. Her time ranks 11th nationally.