Meet No. 12
Soka Peace Invitational
Friday, April 19, 2013 • 1 p.m.
Triton Track & Field Stadium • La Jolla, Calif. (Discus and Hammer Throw only)
Saturday, April 20, 2013 • 10:30 a.m.
Soka University Track Complex • Aliso Viejo, Calif.
VOYAGE TO ALISO VIEJO … AND LA JOLLA
The UC San Diego track and field squads will mark an even dozen meets with the Soka University Peace Invitational. All Tritons competing in the men’s and women’s discus and hammer throw events will remain at Triton Track & Field Stadium on Friday, beginning with the women’s discus at 1 p.m. The men’s discus, women’s hammer throw and men’s hammer throw events will follow in that order. The second day of the meet will take place at the Soka University Track Complex, where the men’s javelin will kick off the field events at 10:30 a.m. Track events will commence with the men’s and women’s 4x100 relay at noon. The men’s and women’s pole vault events will be the last field events and will start at 12:30 p.m. The men’s and women’s 4x400 relay events will signify the conclusion of the meet at 3:10 p.m.
SOKA SUMMARY OF LAST YEAR
Senior Uchenna Agbahiwe was responsible for one of nine victories on the women’s side with her first-place finish in the discus, throwing 140'7". Junior Eva Isaacs in the shot put (39'3.25") and sophomore Amanda Horowitz in the javelin (120'8") also contributed wins. Isaacs was also the runner-up in the discus throw (121’8”) and the third-place finisher in the hammer throw (122’4”). Junior Lorato Anderson won the 800 (2:19.83), and junior Lauren Irish broke the tape in the 400 hurdles (1:03.11). For the men, sophomore Nash Howe threw 192'10", the fourth-longest throw in UCSD history for that event at the time, to claim the top slot in the javelin. Senior Ryan Eckert threw the fifth-longest distance in program history while winning the shot put with a mark of 51'11". Junior Antony Kountouris won the triple jump with a leap of 46'2". Finishing second in the 400, sophomore Keith Rose notched the ninth-fastest time in school history after crossing the finish in 49.12.
SABRINA SLIDES INTO SECOND ALL-TIME
Sophomore Sabrina Pimentel moved into the No. 2 position on UCSD’s all-time top 10 for the women’s 800 at the 27th Annual Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on April 13. Pimentel took second in the event with a personal-record time of 2:10.90 to improve her NCAA provisional qualifier mark and is just 1.66 seconds shy of an NCAA automatic qualifier mark.
TOP OF THE STEEPLECHASE
Sophomore Anneke Kakebeen broke the school record in the women’s 3000 steeplechase with a time of 11:18.92 on April 13 to finish second in her race. Kakebeen eclipsed her previous best in the event by more than 10 seconds (11:29.23), which she earned at the Occidental Distance Carnival on March 15 in an 11th-place showing.
FORWARD PROGRESS IN THE 5000
Junior Chia Chang (17:54.94), freshman Carolina Guzman (18:09.65), sophomore Madison Tanner (18:10.24) and freshman Chandler Colquitt (18:27.96) all earned personal bests in the women’s 5000 event at the 27th Annual Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on April 13. Chang, Guzman, Tanner and Colquitt placed second, fifth, sixth and 13th, respectively. Chang strengthened her hold on the ninth-fastest time in school history for that event.
THE QUICKENING QUARTET
Pimentel, senior Chelsey Kamson, Snover and senior Raquel Ormsby ran a season-best time of 3:50.52 in the women’s 4x400 at the 27th Annual Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on April 13. The time gave the foursome a third-place result and also shifted the group into the No. 8 slot on UCSD’s all-time top 10 list for that event.
When sophomore Ellexi Snover does well in one event, chances are she will do well in another. Snover earned her best marks at the collegiate level this season in both the 200 (25.39) and 400 (58.83), finishing 25th overall in both events during the highly-competitive field at the 27th Annual Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on April 13. The Villa Park native previously earned her season-best marks in the 200 (25.78, 31st) and 400 (59.42, 34th) at the same meet on March 14 during the 35th SDSU Aztec Invitational.
LEVY DOWN THE LANE
In the men’s 1500 at the 27th Annual Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on April 13, junior Kellen Levy finished in 14th place while turning in a time of 3:55.89. The time was a personal best for the Fresno native as well as the best time turned in by a Triton this season. This was the second meet in a row in which Levy earned a career-best time after winning the 1500 (3:57.43) at the San Diego Collegiate Challenge on March 9.
STAR TAREQ INTO DISTANCE
Taking third in the 5000, freshman Tareq Alwafai ran a personal-best time of 14:47.12 on April 13 to occupy the No. 8 position on UCSD's all-time top 10 for that event. Alwafai was right behind sophomore Tanner Collins (14:47.04, 2nd), who had the highest finish for the Triton men at the meet. In addition, senior Matt Lenehan (14:53.90, 6th) and junior Ben Rich (14:59.14, 9th) came in under 15 minutes for the first time in their careers.
KEEPING UP WITH KEENAN
Senior Keenan Smith improved his team-leading time in the men’s 400 hurdles upon earning 11th place in the event with a time of 55.95 on April 13, matching his personal best from his freshman year at Allan Hancock College in 2009. The Santa Maria native trimmed 0.3 off his previous season-best time from the 400 hurdles prelims of the 2013 Cal-Nevada Championships, where he placed 19th overall (56.25) on March 29.
FRANZ AT THE FRONT
Freshman Daniel Franz finished fifth in the men’s 3000 steeplechase on April 13 with a personal-record time of 9:31.32. This marked the third straight meet in which Franz has lowered his time after his 11th-place finish at the Cal-Nevada Championships on March 30 (9:44.16) and 18th-place result at the Occidental Distance Carnival on March 15 (9:45.87).
LOOK OUT FOR COOK
Freshman Sean Cook made his debut on the UCSD all-time top 10 list for the men’s high jump in a tie for ninth after clearing a career-best height of 6’6.75” to earn a share of third place on April 13. Cook will need to clear a height of 6’8.75” to clinch an NCAA provisional qualifier mark.
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NCAA PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING MARKS
Benjamin Berthet 15’11” San Diego Collegiate Challenge 3/9
Clint Rosser 15’11” San Diego Collegiate Challenge 3/9
Zach Nagengast 166’7” San Diego Collegiate Challenge 3/9
A.B. Shaheen 187’7” All-UC Meet 3/2
Zach Nagengast 185’0” Aztec Invitational 3/16
Nash Howe 212’4” San Diego Collegiate Challenge 3/9
Kiley Libuit 197’9” San Diego Collegiate Challenge 3/9
Sabrina Pimentel 2:10.90 Pomona-Pitzer Invitational 4/13
Lorato Anderson 2:14.28 Aztec Invitational 3/16
Lauren Irish 1:02.55 Cal-Nevada Championships 3/29
Sydney Blakeley 12’0.5” San Diego Collegiate Challenge 3/9
Megan Benham 11’8” Aztec Invitational 3/16
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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