Matthew Kuskey, a 2012 graduate of Santa Ynez, has made it to the NCAA Western Division I Track and Field Championships in the javelin.
On Thursday, May 25, Kuskey, now throwing for UC Santa Barbara, finished in the top 12 out of 42 throwers, punching his ticket to the finals, which begin in Eugene, Oregon on June 8.
Kuskey has ascended quickly in the throwing event after never running a day of track with the Pirates. Kuskey was a three-sport athlete and four-time varsity golfer and two-time captain of the golf team in his junior and senior years at Santa Ynez. Kuskey also played football and basketball in high school.
In a message to the Valley News, Matthew's father Eric said his son's dream school was initially USC, but the Trojans gave him a one-year deferred admission, so Kuskey, "decided to go to SBCC and join the track team for fun while waiting for USC. He started training as a decathlete but was soon discovered on the track at SBCC by a coach from UCSB and they recruited him to UCSB as a freshman. They turned him into a (jav) specialist and he proceeded to march to the top."
This season, Kuskey has won both the Big West Championship and Pac-12 Invitational, which was hosted by UCLA.
Kuskey is ranked No. 1 in Big West and No. 3 in the region of California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Nevada.
After the NCAA tournament in Austin, Texas on May 25, Kuskey moved up to No. 24 in the country. Kuskey graduates from UCSB this week with a degree in Political Science/International Relations.
NFL Flag Football
The Santa Barbara County NFL Flag Football League is looking for players.
The program is for boys and girls, ages 5 to 17.
The season begins July 8 and runs through Aug. 5 with players from Santa maria, Nipomo, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Santa Ynez, Buellton, Solvang, Los Olivos and Los Alamos. San Luis Obispo County players are also welcome.
All games will be played at Righetti High School.
Each player receives and NFL reversible jersey and is guaranteed 10 games. Black shorts are required and there is a fee to play.
Players can sign up online at riseandachieve.com.
Call Ray Anderson at 868-3633 for more details.