Eshiet, Polk Lead Way With Pro-Qualifying Marks at Rossi Relays
CLAREMONT, Calif. — The University of California San Diego track and field teams took another step forward in the second meet of the 2019 season on Saturday, competing at the Rossi Relays hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
Junior Josef Polk posted his first provisional-qualifying time of the season, earning first place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.04-seconds. Senior Nicholas Rack finished first in the 110 hurdles with a pro-qualifying time for the second-consecutive meet to begin 2019, this time crossing the finish line in 14.32.
Senior Aria Sadeghi placed first in the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 180’1.0” (54.89), just missing the pro-qualifying mark of 180’9.0” (55.08).
On the women’s side, junior Gabby Eshiet’s pro-qualifying toss in the shot put of 46-feet, 3.50-inches (14.11-meters) was good for first place on Saturday and No. 3 all-time in program history. It also just missed the final cut for the 2018 national qualifiers, which was 47’2.5” (14.39).
Senior Kelly Strand took first in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:02.22, barely missing the provisional mark of 1:01.92. Meanwhile, the Tritons’ 4x100 relay team of senior Caroline Page, freshman Ashley King, sophomore Mckenna Meaney and junior Avery Schulhofer earned first place on Saturday with a time of 47.64.
UC San Diego continues action next weekend at the Beach Opener hosted by Long Beach State, where it will be joined by UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and others.
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