CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The UC San Diego women’s track & field team improved four spots and currently holds down fourth place after day two of the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the Irwin Belk Complex on the Johnson C. Smith University campus in Charlotte. The third and final day of the event will take place on Saturday with several more Tritons competing for National Championships and valuable team points.
Juniors Diane Dunn and Whitney Johnson were responsible for the 11 points on the day for UCSD. Dunn collected six points for her third place finish in the 3000 meters, earning All-American status with her time of 9:56.02. Johnson, fresh off her third place finish in the long jump on Thursday, earned All-American accolades in the triple jump, finishing fifth overall with her best mark of 40’ 11.50”.
After qualifying for the 400 meter hurdle finals on Thursday night, Laiah Blue qualified for two more finals on Friday evening, posting the eighth fastest time in the 100 meter hurdles while running the third leg of the 4x400 relay, helping the Tritons to the eighth fastest time of the two heats. She finished third in heat three of the 100 meter hurdles with her time of 13.95 seconds while the 1600 meter relay team notched a time of 3:44.45 and finished fourth in heat two. Junior Corey Sheredy led of the relay race for UCSD before handing off to freshman Anna Lee McGregor for the second leg. Blue made the third lap before handing off to fellow junior, Amber Green, who got the Tritons across the line just four-tenths of a second faster than the team from Emporia State.
Junior Emily McGregor had the 11th fastest time in the preliminaries and qualified for the finals in the 5000 meters with her time of 17:43.97. She finished fifth in her heat but was only 2.5 seconds behind the lead pack in the race.
McGregor, along with the others who qualified for the finals in their respective events will compete in the finals on Saturday evening. Additionally, the Tritons will have two competitors taking part in the discus and another in the javelin on Saturday.