CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The UC San Diego women's track & field team recorded its best-ever national finish at the Division II level, finishing in eighth place on Saturday at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Johnson C. Smith University. The program's best previous finish was a 13th place finish two seasons ago.
Laiah Blue was at least partially responsible for 11 of the team's 13 points on the day. The junior scored six with her third place finish in the 100 meter hurdles with her time of 13.66 seconds while her time of 60.18 seconds in the 400 meter hurdles was good enough for seventh place and another two points. She also had a hand in the other three points by running the first leg of the 4x400 meter relay, helping the Tritons to a sixth place finish with their time of 3:44.27.
Joining Blue on that relay team was Anna Lee McGregor who ran the second leg while her fellow freshman, Christine Merrill, ran the third leg. Junior Amber Green anchored the team that finished just one second out of fifth place behind the University of Findlay.
Junior Emily McGregor was responsible for the other two team points on the evening, placing seventh and earning All-American honors in the 5000 meters. Her time of 17:18.72 was just over one second out of fourth place as the fourth through seventh place finishers were all within 1.3 seconds of each other.
Sophomores Jillian Sola and Sarah Hendy took part in the discus throw on Saturday, finishing in ninth and 15th places, respectively. Sola's best toss of 43.22 meters was just over one meter shy of finishing in eighth place and earning All-American accolades. Hendy's best toss on the day was 39.22 meters.
Senior Torrey Trust concluded her UCSD career on Saturday by competing in the javelin. She finished 18th in the country with her best toss of the day coming on her third and final attempt, reaching a distance of 29.35 meters.
Head coach Tony Salerno, who was named the D-II West Region Coach of the Year for the third-straight season, has now guided his program to national finishes of 13th, 17th and eighth over the last three years.