Meet No. 5
35th Annual Aztec Invitational
Friday, Mar. 15, 2013 • 8 a.m.
Saturday, Mar. 16, 2013 • 9 a.m.
SDSU Sports Deck • San Diego, Calif.
Triton Track & Field Stadium • La Jolla, Calif. (Hammer throw only)
Directions - SDSU
Directions - UCSD
Two Meets, One Weekend
The UC San Diego track and field teams will be present at two meets this weekend. The Tritons will begin the weekend on Friday at the 35th Annual Aztec Invitational (a.k.a. Sheraton Mission Valley Aztec Invitational). The men's hammer throw open event will take place at UCSD's Triton Track & Field Stadium and mark the commencement of Friday's competition at 8 a.m. The women's hammer throw invitational event will start at 1 p.m. The San Diego State portion of the meet at the SDSU Sports Deck will get under way at 8:30 a.m. with the men's 110-meter hurdles event of the decathlon, while the long jump event of the women's heptathlon will kick off at 9 a.m. Friday's events will end with the men's 3,000 open/invitational event at 8:30 p.m. Saturday's slate of field events starts with the women's discus invitational event at 9 a.m. and the women's 4x100 relay invitational event marks the beginning of collegiate track competition at 10:10 a.m. The meet will conclude with the men's 4x400 relay at 4:25 p.m. No UCSD student-athletes will be competing in either the heptathlon or decathlon.
The other contingent of Triton competitors will travel to Los Angeles for the Occidental Distance Carnival at Bill Henry Olympic Track on Friday, beginning at 5 p.m. with the men's 800. UCSD's involvement in the meet will end upon the conclusion of the women's 5,000, which is set to start at 9:35 p.m.Men and Women Continue Strong Season
At the San Diego Collegiate Challenge on Saturday, March 9, the Tritons hosted a competitive field and ended the meet with a pair of reputable finishes. The men took first with a remarkable 213 points in all to beat second-place Cal State San Marcos by 94 points. The women placed second with 197 total points, finishing just 11 points behind first-place San Diego State's 208.
Aztec Calendar of Last Year
Rain shortened the 34th Annual Aztec Invitational. However, senior Shaun Tu had a remarkable day with his personal-record showing in the men's long jump. Tu leaped a distance of 23'4" to win his heat and take second overall. Elsewhere in the men's hammer throw, seniors Zach Nagengast (166'1") and Matt Endler (143'6") took 11th and 15th place, respectively, after both finished seventh in their respective heats.
Night at the Oxy of a Year Ago
Junior Chia Chang cracked UCSD's all-time top 10 list with her time of 17:58.55 in the women's 5000 to take 24th place overall at last year's Occidental Distance Carnival. At the same meet, sophomore Anneke Kakebeen finished 16th in the women's 3000 steeplechase, where she clocked in at 11:53.12. For the men, junior Kellen Levy (14:54.36) posted the ninth-fastest time in school history for the men's 5000, where he took 10th overall.
Nash Smashes a Record
Sophomore Nash Howe broke the meet record in the men's javelin with a winning throw of 212'4" at the San Diego Collegiate Challenge on March 9, which earned him the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men's Outdoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week recognition. The mark not only shattered his older brother Nick Howe's record of 206'3", set back in 2010, but it also moved Nash Howe into the No. 2 slot on UCSD's all-time top 10 list for that event.
Berthet and Rosser Raise the Bar
Juniors Benjamin Berthet and Clint Rosser continued to improve upon their NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the men's pole vault, finishing the event tied for first after both cleared a career-best height of 15'11". Berthet and Rosser each climbed the UCSD all-time top 10 list with a share of the sixth-highest mark cleared in program history for that event.
The Justice Leap
In the women's triple jump, sophomore Chantia Justice acquired an NCAA provisional qualifier mark with a personal-record leap and turned in one of the top 10 best marks in school history for the event. Justice leaped to a career-best mark of 39'5.75" to win the event and enter the list at No. 3 all-time.
Sato Soars into the List
Freshman Kristin Sato placed a close second to Justice in the women's triple jump with her personal-best mark of 39'2.5" while arriving on the all-time top 10 list with the fifth-longest jump in UCSD's history. Sato also won the long jump with a top distance of 18'3.75".
The Blakeley Boom
With a height of 12'0.5", freshman Sydney Blakeley finished third in the women's pole vault on Saturday and moved into third on UCSD's all-time top 10 list for that event.
Pimentel Passes By
Running to a third-place finish in the women's 400, sophomore Sabrina Pimentel etched her name into the school's all-time top 10 at No. 6 upon crossing the finish line in 56.79.
Rely on the Relay
The foursome of senior Kathleen Hitchens, senior Chelsey Kamson, Sato and freshman Amy Heins nabbed the ninth-fastest time in Triton history in the women's 4x100 relay, finishing second overall with a time of 47.78.
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