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A presentation honoring long-time Mesa College coach Dick Coxe (front, center) was part of the festivities on Saturday. Also pictured are his wife Marty, 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist Arnie Robinson and several San Diego track coaches and former athletes.
UCSD Sweeps San Diego Collegiate Challenge
Release: Monday 03/10/2012 
by UCSD
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego track and field teams continued their domination over their local counterparts on Saturday, sweeping the San Diego Collegiate Challenge on both the men's and women's sides for the second consecutive year.

Competing on their home track, the Triton women won a total of eight events and finished with 206 points to defeat seven other schools from the San Diego area. San Diegio State finished in second place with 131 points, while Cal State San Marcos was third with 114.5 and Point Loma scored 67 to finish fourth.

UCSD also posted victories in eight events on the men's side, tallying 197 points to beat out five other squads. San Diego Mesa College finished second with 175.5 points, followed by Cuyamaca in third place with 109 and Cal State San Marcos in fourth with 102.

The Tritons have been absolutely dominant against the other programs in San Diego recently, winning this meet two years in a row after claiming three straight City Championships from 2008-10.

"It's always good to win at home," women's head coach Darcy Ahner said. "Both teams competed well and it was a great feeling to have UCSD on top at the end of the day."

Senior Erin Langford had a big day for the Tritons, posting another victory in the long jump with a mark of 18'9.25". Her performance was good enough for an NCAA Division II provisional qualifier and ranks fourth on the UCSD all-time top 10 list. The Carlsbad native also won the triple jump with a leap of 37'10.75".

The women's 4x100 relay team of Caitlin Meagher, Kathleen Hitchens, Chelsey Kamson and Jacqueline Rose also earned a spot in the UCSD record book, clocking in with a first place time of 47.64, a mark that ranks seventh all-time.

Rose went on to post individual victories in both the 100 and 200 with respective times of 12.28 and 25.16, while Meagher placed first in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:03.08. The pair also teamed with Lauren Irish and Lorato Anderson to win the 4x400 relay in 3:51.08.

Other event winners for the UCSD women included freshman Sabrina Pimentel, who took first in the 400 with a time of 58.04 and junior Jessica Miklaski, who bested the javelin field with a toss of 130'.

On the men's side, a quartet of Tritons posted winning marks and cracked the all-time top 10 in their event in the process. Senior thrower Kiley Libuit won the javelin with a toss of 190'5" (No. 3 all-time), while sophomore Quentin McWhorter placed first in the triple jump with a mark of 46'9" (No. 6), sophomore Benjamin Berthet won the pole vault at 15'5.75" (No. 7) and senior Dane Sandifer claimed the discus with a mark of 160'3" (No. 8).

In addition, Kellen Levy claimed a victory for the distance squad with a time of 4:00.83 in the 1500, while Jeffrey Head won the long jump with a leap of 21'8". Zach Nagengast placed first in the hammer throw with a toss of 170'10", while Ryan Eckert hit 50'4.5" to win the shot put.

Saturday's meet also featured a special presentation in honor of long-time Mesa College coach Dick Coxe, who played a critical role in promoting track and field in the San Diego area throughout his career. In addition to his accomplishments as a track and cross country coach, Coxe served as a mentor to numerous individuals in the San Diego track and field community, including several of the coaches that had teams competing on Saturday.

"It was a great day," UCSD men's head coach Tony Salerno said. "Having the San Diego track and field community together for one meet made this a special event. The real highlight for many of us was having the opportunity to honor Coach Coxe for all his contributions to our sport. He has done so much for so many of us and it was great to be able to recognize him for all that he has done."

The Tritons will be back in action next weekend, with about half of the squad competing in selected events at the San Diego State Aztec Invitational and a handful of distance runners taking part in the Occidental Distance Carnival.

 

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