LA JOLLA, Calif. – The UC San Diego women’s track & field team finished second while the men finished third on Saturday at the All-Cal Championshipshosted by UC Irvine. UCSD’s women had 207 points, just four behind meet champion UC Santa Barbara, whose men also collected the victory with UCI finishing second. UC Riverside’s men and women both finished fourth on the day.
Laiah Blue and Whitney Johnson highlighted a big day on the women’s side as both claimed victory in two events. Blue finished first in both the 100 and 400 meter hurdles with her times of 14.05 and 61.47 seconds, respectively. Johnson took home first in both the long and triple jump events, leaping 19’1.50” in the long jump and 40’4.75” in the triple jump. Blue's 400 meter hurdles time and both of Johnson's jump marks set new school records.
Christine Merrill posted a first place finish in the 200 meter dash, breaking the tape in a time of 25.26 seconds. Samantha Belvini finished first in the Javelin with her distance of 120’9”.
Kayleigh Knudsen had a second place finish in the 100 hurdles, crossing the finish line in a time of 14.86 seconds. Diane Dunn finished second in the 1500, concluding the race in a time of 4:36.89.
On the men’s side, newcomers Khalil Hooper and Chris Yu posted the only victories on the day for UCSD. Hooper broke the tape in a time of 15.25 seconds in the 110 meter hurdles while Yu’s distance of 21’11.75” was good enough for first in the long jump.
Dan Noel had a solid outing in the 400 hurdles, finishing the race in a time of 54.61 seconds. Connor McCabe had a third place finish in the 100 meter dash, racing to the line in a time of 11.45 seconds.
Both Triton squads return home next weekend to host the San Diego City Championships on Saturday, March 10. The day of events are slated to begin at 10 a.m. at the Triton Track & Field Stadium.