SAN DIEGO - The UC San Diego men’s and women’s track and field programs completed the 36th Annual Aztec Invitational Saturday at the SDSU Sports Deck.
Junior All-American Sabrina Pimentel placed third in the invitational 800 meters, getting under the provisional standard of 2:14.00 in 2:13.16.
In the men’s invitational pole vault, Clint Rosser (15’9.75”) attained an NCAA provisional qualifier for the second straight competition, finishing second behind a California Collegiate Athletic Association rival in Cal Poly Pomona’s Justin Ellerbee (16’2.75”). Ellerbee, now a junior, won the CCAA title a year ago over Rosser in third. Benjamin Berthet (14’8”), like Rosser a senior, and sophomore Dan Golubovic (14’8”), went 6-7 for the Tritons while reaching the same height.
Nash Howe, like Pimentel a junior All-American, placed sixth in a stacked field for the men’s invitational javelin. His top distance of 228’5” put him right behind his older brother, Nick Howe, competing unattached (231’7”). The elder Howe is a volunteer assistant coach on the current Triton staff, and still the school record-holder in the event ahead of his younger brother. The top of the leaderboard featured 2012 Olympians Sean Furey (262’6”) and Craig Kinsley (251’2”), with Oregon junior Sam Crouser, the third-place finisher at the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, in third (247’5”).
The women’s 4x100 foursome of Amy Heins, Erica Anunwah, Kristin Sato and junior anchor Janay Pierce timed 47.76 to place third in the invitational race, with Oregon finishing first in a meet-record 43.74. Emmanuel Elijah, Markus Woods, Riley Stauffer and Keith Rose were sixth on the men’s side in 42.55. Rose, a junior, was making his first return to the track since the All-Cal Championships on March 8.
Pierce individually also tied for fourth with UNLV freshman Kenia Bonilla in the invitational 100-meter dash in a season-high 12.12, now a mere .08 seconds shy of a provisional qualifier.
Sophomore Haley Libuit was sixth in the women’s invitational javelin, improving her NCAA provisional qualifying mark from 135’2” to 135’11”.
Former Triton national champion and current assistant coach Linda Rainwater earned a share of top honors in the invitational high jump, attaining a top height of 5’10.5” with Oregon junior Chancey Summers. UCSD freshman Savanna Forry was fourth (5’4.5”).
The women’s 4x400 relay of Pimentel, Jackie Chalmers, Ellexi Snover and Lauren Lopez was fifth in 3:50.63. The men’s foursome of Markus Woods, Jared Senese, Sam Ozenbaugh and Derek Van de Streek timed 3:20.13 for seventh.
Other top-five individual finishers Saturday included Sean Cook in the long jump (fifth, 22’4.5”), Chantia Justice in the triple jump (fifth, 36’8.5”), Libuit in the shot put (fifth, 36’8.5”), Keith Rose in the 100-meter dash (fifth, 10.75). Cook, a sophomore, was also sixth in the triple jump (44’2”), with Rose sixth in the 200 meters (21.70).
UCSD next hosts the Cal-Nevada Championships for the second year in a row at Triton Track & Field Stadium on Friday and Saturday, April 4-5.