Pauley Track – Santa Barbara, CA

UCSBAs I continue with the tracks of the Big West Conference, I arrive in Santa Barbara today and the track at UCSB.  Pauley Track is the home facility of the Gauchos.  This is one facility, that I could find little information on.  It looks to be pretty old, and sound like it is in rough condition.  This is clearly one of the reasons they don’t host meets here.  In fact, in an article from 2011, the writer states that the track was condemned because of the unsafe surface.  The good news though, is that the track is part of a facilities improvement plan at the university, and $5 million is being sought for the track stadium alone.  HERE is a copy of the campaign presentation, but I don’t know when it was started, or its current status.  Hopefully things are progressing.

Based on the Bing photo, you can see all field events are located on the infield.  There is a weird-shaped patch of track surface in the middle, that I think is used for the high jump.  There is also the separate shortcut lane for the steeple water barrier, which is a little different from most tracks.  With the trees surrounding 70-80% of the track, this could be a nice setting, if the improvements come though.

Bing Maps Link

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One thought on “Pauley Track – Santa Barbara, CA

  1. The patch of track in the center is indeed the location for high jump. It makes for a strange run up as some jumpers start from the grass and transition onto the track surface.

    The track is in terrible shape, and was 10 years ago. There was a large hump in lane 1 near the steeplechase exit, and soft spots everywhere. The lanes were fairly narrow as well.

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