ALISO VIEJO, Calif. -
Looking to stay sharp before next week's Triton Invitational, the UC San Diego track and field teams took part in the 2012 Soka University Peace Invitational this weekend and collected several individual victories against competitors from all over Southern California.
UCSD won a total of 15 events during the two-day competition, with the Triton women recording top marks in nine events and the men posting victories in six.
"It was a good day for us," men's head coach Tony Salerno said. "Soka was the perfect meet for this weekend at a great facility. We were looking to build a little momentum heading into the Triton Invite and the conference championships in the next few weeks and I thought we were able to do that today."
The meet got off to good start for the Tritons on Friday as junior Uchenna Agbahiwe won the women's discus with a toss of 140'7". On the men's side, senior Dane Sandifer finished second behind only 2008 U.S. Olympian Ian Waltz in the discus. Waltz uncorked a throw of 188'10.5", while Sandifer's toss measured 158'3".
On Saturday, the Triton women recorded five individual victories on the track as Jacqueline Rose won the 400-meter dash (55.57), Lorato Anderson claimed a win in the 800 (2:19.83), Caitlin Meagher placed first in the 100-meter hurdles (14.60) and Lauren Irish posted the top time in the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.11).
Meagher and Irish teamed with Sabrina Pimentel and Raquel Ormsby to win the women's 4x400 relay with a time of 3:51.16.
Erin Langford earned a victory for the jumps team with a leap of 37'7" in the triple jump, while throwers Eva Isaacs and Amanda Horowitz joined Agbahiwe on the podium with wins the shot put (39'3.25") and javelin (120'8").
Andrew Herbold was one of six individual event winners for UCSD on the men's side, clocking in at 56.60 to best the field in the 400-meter hurdles. Teammates David Baker (57.00) and Isaac Mallett (57.09) finished second and third in the event.
Nick Howe took a break from his specialty in the javelin to collect a win in the high jump after clearing 6'2.8", while Jeffrey Head and Antony Kountouris won the long jump and triple jump with respective marks of 22'11" and 46'1".
Nash Howe had a big day as well, uncorking a toss of 192'10" to pick up a victory in the javelin. His throw ranks No. 4 all-time at UCSD and was just nine inches shy of an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark. Teammate Ryan Eckert won the shot put with a toss of 51'11", a figure that ranks fifth all-time.
Freshman sprinter Keith Rose also had a noteworthy performance on Saturday, posting a time of 49.19 for a second place finish in the 400-meter dash. His performance was the ninth-fastest time in program history.
Former UCSD standouts Kelly Fogarty, Linda Rainwater and Danielle Thu were also competing in Aliso Viejo, representing the Triton Track Club. Fogarty won the 200-meter dash (23.75), Rainwater placed first in the high jump (5'6") and Thu claimed a victory in the hammer (180'10").
The annual UCSD Triton Invitational will be held next Friday and Saturday at the Triton Track and Field Stadium on campus. Entries can be made at directathletics.com through Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.
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