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Jacqueline Rose (left) and Kathleen Hitchens helped the Tritons post a NCAA provisional qualifying time in the women's 4x100 relay on Saturday.
UCSD Finishes Strong on Day Two of Triton Invitational
Release: Sunday 04/23/2011 
by UCSD
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego track and field teams had another strong showing on their home track on Saturday, posting several impressive marks against top-notch competition on the second and final day of the 2011 Triton Invitational.

Ka Wai Ng and AB Shaheen posted top-five marks and registered NCAA qualifiers for UCSD on the day, while senior Jesse Morrill recorded an individual victory in the 3000-meter steeplechase. The Tritons also claimed a win in the women's 4x400 relay.

All in all, it was a great day for UCSD student-athletes, who faced off against fields that featured past Olympians, world record holders and collegians from several different levels.

"I think we performed extremely well today," men's head coach Tony Salerno said. "This meet always brings out some of the top athletes in the world and I think we held our own. There were several performances we can point to that show we can compete with the best."

Ng, a junior transfer from Hong Kong, China, had one of the biggest highlights of the day for the Tritons, finishing third overall in the invitational section of the men's triple jump. His jump of 48'0.75" was good enough for a NCAA provisional qualifier and ranks No. 2 all-time in the UCSD record books behind Scott Tsuda's mark of 48'10.75 in 2009.

UC Riverside's Ryan Swafford won the event with a big jump of 50'7.25", while Marcellus Golliday finished second at 48'9".

Shaheen also collected a NCAA provisional qualifier for the Triton men with another strong performance in the hammer throw. One week after setting the Lebanese national record with a toss of 183'7" at the Soka Peace Invitational, the junior from Trabuco Canyon bettered that mark with a throw of 186'5" on Saturday. He finished sixth in the event behind five Division I athletes.

Morrill came through with a big run in the steeplechase, posting a first place time of 9:20.69. While it wasn't his fastest time of the season, he did beat out the rest of the field by nearly eight full seconds.

On the women's side, Lauren Irish, Jacqueline Rose, Deyna Roberson and Caitlin Meagher teamed up to post the top time in the women's 4x400 at 3:47.12, which was just a touch better than UC Santa Barbara's group.

The women's 4x100 unit of Bailey Weaver, Kathleen Hitchens, Jacqueline Rose and Kelly Fogarty finished fifth overall in their relay, picking up a provisional qualifier with a time of 46.68 along the way. The Brazilian national team was competing in the event and won it at 44.78.

Fogarty had a great effort in the 200 invitational as well, finishing second to Brazil's Lemos Silva with a time of 23.69. Another member of the Brazilian national team, Silva clocked in at 23.44.

Fogarty also took part in the 100, placing fourth at 11.64.

There were several other noteworthy performances from non-UCSD athletes on the day, including Dylan Armstrong's Canadian national record in the men's shot put at 71'3.25".

The top three performances in the women's shot put on Saturday are currently the best three marks in the world in the event. Germany's Nadine Kleinert, an Olympic Silver medalist, beat out Sarah Stevens-Walker, who was competing unattached, and Arizona's Julie Labonte.

There was also a great competition in the men's discus as the top three competitors all finished within two feet of each other. The Netherlands' Erik Cadee won with a toss of 213'2", a mark that ranks fifth in the world this year.

The Tritons will now take next week off to prepare for the 2011 California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships, which are scheduled for May 5-7 on the campus of Cal State Stanislaus in Turlock. UCSD finished second on both the men and women's sides at the conference meet in 2010.

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