SAM ADAMS COMBINED EVENTS INVITATIONAL
ABOUT SAM ADAMS
He was known simply as “The Rock” during his 34 years as Head Track & Field Coach at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). A man of chiseled face and heart of gold, Sam Adams was loved by the numerous athletes who were fortunate to train under him. UCSB coach Nick Carter took him on as an assistant in 1959, and he succeeded Carter as head coach in 1963. Before Sam retired in 1992 he had coached the UCSB Gauchos to a runner-up finish at both the 1967 and 1968 NCAA College Division National Championships.
Sam competed in track and field at Cal Berkeley and finished fifth in the decathlon at the 1956 U.S. Olympic Trials. His expertise in the decathlon launched Adams into international prominence. He made three trips to the former Soviet Union as coach of national multi-event teams during the cold war years.
As an athlete, Sam competed in the 1952 and 1956 Olympic trials in javelin and decathlon. As a coach, Sam created a welcoming atmosphere at UCSB as Olympic hopefuls came from around the world to train in Santa Barbara. This project would later come to be known as the Santa Barbara Outreach, and its impact was felt on a global scale. Sam coached and developed many athletes over the years, among them the list of names include Bill Toomey, Dave Thoreson, Jerry Moro, Olaf Lange, Jürgen Hingsen and Jane Frederick. Upon retiring from UCSB he continued to coach at Westmont and molded more decathletes and heptathletes over 10 years along with the throwers.
Highlights of Sam’s career included being selected as the USA National Team Head Coach in 1981 and for the Pan American Competition. He was the USA Head Coach for the first USA dual meet with East Germany and twice led the USA team to Russia.
As a coach there are many quantifiable ways in which one's impact can be measured. In addition to the Olympic gold medalists, Olympians, Olympic Trials competitors and international athletes that Sam directly worked with, his impact in the sport continues to be felt to this day as a result of his work with athletes who became coaches.
The SBTC thanks the Warkentin Family for providing support to the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational since 2013.
Decathlon - 7,840pts, Chris Randolph (Skechers, USA), 2012
100m Dash - 10.34, Damian Warner (CAN), 2016
Long Jump - 7.93m / 26'00.75", Ashton Eaton (OTC Elite, USA), 2015
Shot Put - 15.38m / 50'05.50", Kurt Felix (SBTC/GRN), 2019 & Jacob Rickman (Cal Poly SLO, USA), 2017
High Jump - 2.31m / 7'06.75", Mike Mason (CAN), 2019
400m - 45.65, Ashston Eaton (OTC Elite, USA), 2013
110m Hurdles - 13.51, Damian Warner (CAN), 2015
Discus Throw - 47.32m / 155'03.00", (France CE Elite), 2014
Pole Vault - 5.00m / 16'04.75", Tim Ehrhardt (SBTC/USA) & Timothy Corbin Duer (Unattached, USA), 2012
Javelin - 64.32m / 211'00", Chris Randolph (Skechers, USA), 2012
1500m Run - 4:15.64, Thomas FitzSimons Jr (SBTC, USA), 2015
Heptathlon - 6,337pts, Sharon Day (Asics, USA), 2012
100m Hurdles - 12.94, Nia Ali (USA), 2016
High Jump - 1.85 / 6'0.75, Sharon Day-Monroe (Asics, USA), 2012
Shot Put - 15.06 / 49'05.00, Sharon Day-Monroe (Asics, USA), 2015
200m Dash - 23.85, Brianne Theisen (NIKE, CAN), 2013
Long Jump - 6.26 / 20'06.50, Shana Woods (Chula Vista Elite, USA), 2014
Javelin - 45.52 / 149'04, Annett Fleming (GER), 2012
800m Run - 2:07.47, Barbara Nwaba (SBTC, USA), 2015
2019 - Christopher Gabor (Mount St. Mary’s), 6,660pts
2018 - Benjamin Ose Jr (Dartmouth), 7,168pts
2017 - Hunter Veith, 7,610pts
2016 - Thomas FitzSimons Jr. (SBTC/ABEO, USA), 7,576pts
2015 - Thomas FitzSimons Jr. (SBTC, USA), 7,791pts
2014 - J. Patrick Smith (Chico St, USA), 7,351pts
2013 - Gray Horn (USA), 7,532pts
2012 - Chris Randolph (USA), 7,840pts
2019 - Emma Schafer (Davenport University, redshirt), 4,724pts
2018 - Lindsay Schwartz (USA), 5,852pts
2017 - Lindsay Schwartz (SBTC/ABEO, USA), 5,773pts
2016 - Lindsay Schwartz (SBTC/ABEO, USA), 5,991pts
2015 - Barbara Nwaba (SBTC, USA), 6,292pts
2014 - Lindsay Schwartz (SBTC, USA), 5,942pts
2013 - Kiani Profit (USA), 5,909pts
2012 - Sharon Day (ASICS, USA), 6,337pts