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Senior Aaryn Kobayashi set a new school record in the women's 3000-meter steeplechase on Friday.
Tritons Compete at Occidental Distance Carnival, Aztec Invite This Weekend
Release: Tuesday 03/17/2012 
by UCSD
SAN DIEGO - The UC San Diego track and field team had a hand full of student-athletes competing in two separate meets this weekend.

With finals on the horizon next week, the coaching staff sent a group of distance runners to the Occidental Distance Carnival on Friday, while a small contingent took part in the rain-shortened San Diego State Aztec Invitational on Saturday.

The weekend's biggest highlights came from the distance squad as UCSD had a total of six men and six women competing in Los Angeles. Senior Aaryn Kobayashi had a strong performance in the women's 3000-meter steeplechase, finishing fifth overall with a school record time of 11:19.21. She finished roughly 42 seconds behind Alaska Anchorage's Susan Tanui, who won the event at 10:37.65.

Fellow Tritons Katie Kane and Anneke Kakebeen were also part of the steeplechase field and they finished 11th and 16th with respective times of 11:34.48 and 11:53.12. Kane's time ranks No. 8 all-time at UCSD.

Sophomore Chia Chang also cracked the Triton record books, finishing with a time of 17:58.55 in the women's 5000-meters. Her time was good enough for 24th place and ranks No. 10 all-time.

On the men's side, sophomore Kellen Levy also fared well in the 5000-meters, posting a time of 14:54.36, which ranks ninth all-time on the UCSD top-10 list. He finished 10th overall.

Teammates Matt Lenehan, Ben Rich, John Svet, Jeremy Riley and Warren Liem also ran in the 5000, finishing in 16th (15:12.07), 19th (15:14.41), 21st (15:15.37), 30th (15:23.46) and 52nd (15:47.87) places, respectively.

UCSD also had a small group competing at the 34th Annual Aztec Invitational, which was cut short on Saturday due to heavy rainfall in the San Diego area.

Junior Shaun Tu had a standout performance for the Tritons in the men's long jump, placing second overall with a mark of 23'4". His jump ranks fourth all-time at UCSD.

"With finals week coming up, we had a small group of athletes competing this week," women's head coach Darcy Ahner said. "The distance runners had a strong showing at Oxy with a number of lifetime bests and Aaryn led the way with a new school record. At Aztec, Shaun braved the rain and had a lifetime best in the long jump against a good field of jumpers."

The Tritons will be back in action next weekend when they take part in the Point Loma Open on Friday and Saturday on the PLNU campus.

Wednesday, April 16
Track & Field at California Invitational (heptathlon/decathlon)
10:00 AM
Azusa
Thursday, April 17
Track & Field at Day One
6:00 PM
Walnut
Friday, April 18
Track & Field at Day Two
10:00 AM
Walnut
Track & Field vs. Soka Peace Invitational (discus/hammer)
1:00 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, April 19
Track & Field at Soka Peace Invitational
10:30 AM
Aliso Viejo
Friday, April 25
Track & Field vs. Day One
10:00 AM
UC San Diego
Saturday, April 26
Track & Field vs. Day Two
10:00 AM
UC San Diego
Thursday, May 01
Track & Field vs. Day One
10:00 AM
UC San Diego
Friday, May 02
Track & Field vs. Day Two
10:00 AM
UC San Diego
Saturday, May 03
Track & Field vs. Day Three
11:00 AM
UC San Diego
Saturday, May 10
Track & Field at Occidental Invitational
11:00 AM
Los Angeles
Gatorade Pong
TAC Chipotle fundraiser