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Triton Track & Field Stadium will host over 600 athletes this Thursday through Saturday.
UCSD Welcomes Former Olympians, Olympic Hopefuls, Top Programs for Triton Invitational
Release: Wednesday 04/24/2013 

Meet No. 13
Triton Invitational
Thursday, April 25, 2013 • 1 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 2013 • 10 a.m.
Saturday, April 13, 2013 • 10 a.m.
Triton Track & Field Stadium • La Jolla, Calif.

The UC San Diego track and field teams host their fourth and final home meet of the season in the three-day Triton Invitational, featuring elite athletes in many events. The Triton Elite Discus Competition, which takes place on Thursday, will be the meet's opening event. The women's section commences at 1 p.m., and the men's section will follow at 2:30 p.m.

Friday’s slate will consist of three field events, beginning with the women’s hammer at 10 a.m. The women’s discus invitational event (2 p.m.) and the women’s discus open section (4 p.m.) round out Friday’s schedule.

All remaining field events and everything on the track will be held on Saturday. Throwing events kick off with the men’s hammer at 10 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. with both the men’s shot put invitational event and the men’s discus open section. The women’s Leon T. Roach III Invitational Pole Vault marks the start of jumping events at 11 a.m. The men’s triple jump begins at 4 p.m. and will be followed by the women, which is the last jumping event of the meet. Track events on Saturday get underway with the women’s 4x100-meter relay at 11 a.m., and the meet will conclude upon the completion of the men’s 5000, which has a 6:25 p.m. start time.

Cost of general admission into the meet is $5 on Saturday only for adults and free for UCSD students with ID. There is no charge to attend on Thursday and Friday.

Saturday's action can be followed live here.

Jill Camarena-Williams, an athlete in the women's shot put, is the American record-holder in that event. Camarena-Williams, who competes Saturday at 11 a.m., was the bronze medalist at the 2011 World Championships and competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Stephanie Brown Trafton, who won the gold medal for the women's discus throw event during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, will compete on Friday at 2 p.m. American record-holder Jessica Cosby-Toruga, who competed in the hammer throw during the 2012 Olympics in London, will face competition on Friday at 10 a.m. Former UCSD All-American Sonali Merrill will be the second seed in the women's 400 hurdles on Saturday at 3:25 p.m. Merrill holds the school record for that event and competed in the 2012 Olympics for Sri Lanka. Canadian athlete Sarah Wells, who also ran in the 2012 Olympics, will be the top seed in the 400 hurdles. Adrienne Power, a 2008 Olympian, will be the top seed of the women's 200 on Saturday at 4 p.m. and will also compete in the 400 at 12:30 p.m. Seeded second in the 200 will be former Triton All-American and current volunteer assistant Kelly Fogarty, who will also compete in the 100 on Saturday at 2:40 p.m.

On the men's side, Rutger Smith, a Dutch discus thrower, will be competing twice at the meet, on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the Triton Elite Discus Competition, and also Saturday at 2 p.m. in the discus invitational event. Smith finished seventh overall in the discus during the 2008 Summer Olympics and was a bronze medalist at the 2007 World Championships. Jarred Rome, a two-time Olympian (2012, 2004) for Team USA, competes opposite Smith on Saturday. Julian Wruck, a UCLA junior and 2012 Olympian for Australia, is in the discus Elite field Thursday. Canadian Tim Nedow, currently ranked fifth in the world, will be present for Saturday's shot put invitational event at 4 p.m. Kim Yoo-Suk, a 2012 Olympian and national record-holder for South Korea, participates in Saturday's Leon T. Roach III Invitational Pole Vault starting at 3 p.m.

The Tritons will contend with schools from all over the United States. The UCSD men and women will compete with Akron, Auburn, Central Arizona, Kentucky, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Dakota, Paradise Valley, Pima Community College, San Bernardino Valley College, Scottsdale Community College, Soka, Stanford, Toronto, UC Riverside, Western New Mexico and Wisconsin. The men will also share their events with Minnesota, Rice and UCLA, while the women will also face off against Arizona State, Cal State Dominguez Hills, San Diego and San Diego State.

Junior Benjamin Berthet tied for third in the men’s pole vault, clearing a then-personal best of 15’1” at the 2012 Triton Invitational. Sophomore Keith Rose had seventh-place showings in both the men’s 100 (11.08) and 200 (22.52). Senior Anthony Heredia (3:59.14) and sophomore Daniel Hauptman (4:00.78) finished third and fifth, respectively, in the men’s 1500. Third-place finishes also came from senior David Baker in the men’s 110 hurdles (15.97) and junior Antony Kountouris in the men’s triple jump (44’3.25”). Finishing fifth through seventh in the men’s shot put were seniors Ryan Eckert (50’4”), Zach Nagengast (47’4.5”) and Matt Endler (45’8.5”). For the women, sophomore Sabrina Pimentel improved her NCAA Division II provisional qualifier in the 800 after taking third overall with a time of 2:12.80. Junior Lorato Anderson earned her provisional qualifier in the 800, finishing fourth overall (2:13.98). In the women’s triple jump, sophomore Chantia Justice leaped to fourth place (36’5”). Sophomore Veronica Bradley had a strong meet with sixth-place finishes in both the high jump (5’2.25”) and long jump (17’10.75”).

As of April 20, the Tritons have acquired 16 provisional qualifiers, including nine for the women and seven for the men. Pimentel earned her second provisional qualifier of the season in the 400 with a personal-record time of 55.95 to win the event. The Westminster native has the 24th-best time in the nation in Division II. Pimentel also has a provisional qualifier in the 800 with her time of 2:10.90, which is the 12th-fastest mark this season in Division II. Anderson (2:14.28, 39th in Division II) has a provisional mark in the 800 as well. Junior Lauren Irish (1:02.55) has a share of the 23rd-fastest 400 hurdles time this season with her provisional qualifying mark. Both freshman Sydney Blakeley (12’0.5”, 22nd) and freshman Megan Benham (11’8”, T36th) have secured provisional qualifiers in the pole vault, while freshman Kristin Sato (39’6”, T14th) and Justice (39’5.75”, 16th) earned theirs in the triple jump. In addition, senior Jessica Miklaski earned hers in the javelin throw throwing a distance of 143’4”, which ranks 12th among Division II student-athletes this season. On the men’s side, Berthet and junior Clint Rosser each have provisional qualifiers after clearing a personal-best height of 15’11” to tie for 19th in that event nationally. Nagengast has two provisional qualifiers, one in the discus throw (166’8”, 23rd) and one in the hammer throw (185’0”, 16th). Senior A.B. Shaheen is ahead of Nagengast in 10th after throwing 191’8” in the hammer throw. Rounding out the Tritons with provisional qualifiers in the javelin are sophomore Nash Howe, who is ranked sixth in Division II with his top mark of 212’4”, and redshirt senior Kiley Libuit, who has a best throw this season of 197’10” to come in at 15th in the nation for that event.

With her provisional qualifier in the 400 at the Soka Peace Invitational on April 20 after winning the event with a career-best time of 55.95, Pimentel became the second UCSD student-athlete this season and first on the women’s side to earn two provisional qualifiers. Pimentel joins Nagengast on the men’s side with his provisional marks in the discus (166’8”) and hammer throw (185’0”). Pimentel’s mark moved her to the No. 3 slot on UCSD’s all-time top 10 list for the 400.

Junior Eva Isaacs won the women’s shot put with a personal-best throw of 43’3.25”. Isaacs moved up two slots to fourth on UCSD’s all-time top 10 for that event with the throw on April 20 at the Soka Peace Invitational in Aliso Viejo.

Three Tritons for both the men and women earned season-best marks during the Soka Peace Invitational in the triple jump. For the women, freshmen Julia Wildenthaler (37’2.5”), Ashley Rhorer (36’3”) and Meredith Bell (33’3.75”) took second, fifth and a share of sixth, respectively, on April 20.

Shaheen improved his provisional qualifying mark in the men’s hammer throw on April 19 during the Soka Peace Invitational, while breaking his own Lebanese national record. Shaheen won the hammer throw with a lifetime-best measurement of 191’8”. The performance rose Shaheen to third in program history for that event.

In both the men’s discus throw and hammer throw on April 19 in La Jolla during the Soka Peace Invitational, Endler hit personal bests. The Fresno native threw 155’5” in the discus to place eighth overall and did even better in the hammer throw, placing sixth with a throw measuring 153’1”.

Just as three women did in the triple jump, three UCSD men had season bests in their triple jump event at the Soka Peace Invitational on April 20. Senior Quentin McWhorter (47’1.5”), freshman Randy Copeman (45’3”) and Kountouris (44’9.75”) all had season bests while occupying second through fourth place, respectively.

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Pole Vault
Benjamin Berthet  15’11”  San Diego Collegiate Challenge  3/9
Clint Rosser           15’11”  San Diego Collegiate Challenge  3/9
Zach Nagengast    166’8”  San Diego Collegiate Challenge  3/9
Hammer Throw
A.B. Shaheen          191’8”  Soka Peace Invitational                  4/19
Zach Nagengast    185’0”  Aztec Invitational                               3/16
Nash Howe             212’4”  San Diego Collegiate Challenge  3/9
Kiley Libuit             197’10”  San Diego Collegiate Challenge  3/9

400 Meters
Sabrina Pimentel     55.95  Soka Peace Invitational                  4/20
800 Meters
Sabrina Pimentel  2:10.90  Pomona-Pitzer Invitational             4/13
Lorato Anderson   2:14.28  Aztec Invitational                               3/16
400 Hurdles
Lauren Irish           1:02.55  Cal-Nevada Championships         3/29
Pole Vault
Sydney Blakeley    12’0.5”  San Diego Collegiate Challenge   3/9
Megan Benham        11’8”  Aztec Invitational                                3/16
Triple Jump
Kristin Sato                39’6”  Cal-Nevada Championships         3/30
Chantia Justice   39’5.75”  San Diego Collegiate Challenge  3/9
Jessica Miklaski     143’4”  Rossi Relays                                    2/23

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