Chelsea Challacombe Runner-Up in Heptathlon as UC San Diego Opens Aztec Invitational
SAN DIEGO - The University of California San Diego track and field teams are competing this week at the 40th Annual Aztec Invitational, hosted by San Diego State University.
Sophomore Chelsea Challacombe has highlighted the early portion of the meet, taking second in the heptathlon with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 4699 points on Thursday and Friday at SDSU's Aztrack Sports Deck. Her final point total moved her up from No. 9 to No. 3 all-time in the event, now behind only UC San Diego greats Stephanie LeFever (5385), the 2011 national runner-up, and Linda Rainwater (5333), the 2008 national champion. Challacombe placed in the top three in five of the seven events, winding up behind UCLA senior Kendall Gustafson (5691), who was fifth in the Pac-12 last season, and ahead of seven California Collegiate Athletic Association entrants. She finished second in the high jump (season-best 5'5") and third in the 100-meter hurdles (personal-record 15.09), shot put (34'9.5"), long jump (17'4") and 800 meters (2:25.98). Challacombe sat in third after the first four events on Thursday.
A handful of Tritons participated in a pair of throwing events on the UC San Diego campus on Friday. Seniors Mason Falahat and Joshua Makieve competed in the invitational hammer throw at the UCSD Throwing Field. Falahat scored a 159'3" mark.
The trio of sophomore Erikka Linn and freshmen Delani Fish and Haleigh Cusumano competed in the open javelin on Friday as well. Linn scored a 103'8" mark, while Fish scored 101'3" and Cusumano threw 96'3".
A majority of the UC San Diego track and field student-athletes will be in action to conclude the Aztec Invitational on Saturday, March 24, at San Diego State. Follow with live results, here, beginning at 9:40 a.m.