CLAREMONT, Calif. -
The UC San Diego track and field teams were back in action on Saturday, competing in the 26th Annual Pomona-Pitzer Invitational at Strehle Track on the Pomona College campus.
Head coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner elected to rest some of their top performers after splitting the squad between the Sun Angel Track Classic and Mangrum Invitational last weekend, but the Tritons still produced a handful of impressive results in Claremont.
"We had a nice showing on the track, with a number of lifetime best performances on both the men and women's sides today," Ahner said. "It was great to see another strong effort from the whole group."
Freshman Sabrina Pimentel was one of three UCSD women to record NCAA Division II provisional qualifying marks on the day, finishing second in the women's 800 with a time of 2:12.96. She came in just behind Southern Utah's Diana Medina, who won the event at 2:12.22.
Senior sprinter Jacqueline Rose took a break from her specialty (the 400-meter dash) to post an impressive time of 24.52 in the 200. The San Jose native finished sixth overall and earned a provisional qualifier in the process.
Junior Deyna Roberson also collected an NCAA provisional qualifying mark with her performance in the 400-meter hurdles. She clocked in at 62.18, which was good enough for sixth place overall. She finished 10th in the 100-meter hurdles at 15.57.
Other top-five performances came from Erin Langford in the triple jump (third, 37'8.5"), Veronica Bradley in the high jump (fourth, 5'3"), Uchenna Agbahiwe in the discus throw (fifth, 132'2") and Aletha Vassilakis in the javelin (fifth, 124'3").
The women's 4x400 relay team of Pimentel, Roberson, Lauren Irish and Caitlin Meagher finished second with a final time of 3:49.19, while Meagher, Rose Kathleen Hitchens and Chelsey Kamson teamed to finish fourth in the 4x100 at 47.64.
On the men's side, freshman Keith Rose had a strong showing in the 100-meter dash, finishing 10th overall at 10.86. His time ranks No. 6 all-time at UCSD. He also finished 13th in the 200 with a time of 21.95.
Other notable performances included Ka Wai Ng in the triple jump (third, 48'4"), Dustin Harris in the 800 (fourth, 1:52.59), Kellen Levy (fourth, 15:00.09) and Jeremy Riley (fifth, 15:10.25) in the 5000 and Benjamin Berthet in the pole vault (fourth, 14'3.25").
"We did some good things today and that will set us up well for the weeks ahead," Salerno concluded. "We expect next week to be a great tune-up for the Triton Invitational and then the conference championships the week after."
The Tritons will return to competition next weekend at the Soka Peace Invitational in Aliso Viejo. The meet will begin with the discus and hammer throw on Friday and conclude with the rest of the events on Saturday.