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Junior Claudia Cox won two events at the Beach Opener on Saturday.

Tritons Continue Momentum at Long Beach State's Beach Opener

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LONG BEACH, Calif. — The University of California San Diego track and field teams continued its season at a rain-soaked Beach Opener hosted by Long Beach State this weekend at Jack Rose Track. 

The Triton women earned first place as a team with 60.5 points, well ahead of future Big West Conference foes UC Irvine (34) and Long Beach State (33.5).

Meanwhile, the Triton men took second place with 16 points, just behind Long Beach State (19).

"We are really happy with the way we competed today in some tough conditions,” said UC San Diego men’s head coach Tony Salerno. “This was a great opportunity for our new student-athletes to realize they can compete well against Big West competition."

Junior Claudia Cox was once again a highlight for the Tritons, taking first place in the 400 hurdles with a provisional-qualifying time of 1-minute, 00.46-seconds, while also finishing first in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.53. 

Cox’s time in the 400 hurdles was good for fourth-best on the program’s all-time list, while her time in the 100 hurdles was good for ninth-best.

Junior Camille Perkins earned first in the 3000 steeplechase, crossing the finish line in 11:28.29, which is ninth-best in program history. In addition, junior Gabby Eshiet placed third overall and first among collegiate athletes in the shot put with a mark of 43-feet, 10.50-inches (13.37-meters).

On the men’s side, senior Nicholas Rack took first in the 110 hurdles with a pro-qualifying time of 14.31. Fellow senior Aren Johnson placed first in the 1500, finishing with a time of 3:59.22. Meanwhile, sophomore Evan Shimasaki finished first in the pole vault after clearing 4.53-meters. 

UC San Diego resumes action next Saturday, March 9, when it hosts the San Diego Collegiate Challenge at Triton Track and Field Stadium.

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With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country.  The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference.  UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent.  A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships.  In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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