LA JOLLA, Calif. -
The 2012 Triton Invitational got underway in earnest on Friday with multiple sections of women's hammer throw and discus and the open sections in the pole vault. UC San Diego had a hand full of student-athletes competing against elite competition at the Triton Track and Field Stadium.
Sophomore Benjamin Berthet had the big highlight of the day, finishing in a three-way tie for third place in the open section of the pole vault. He cleared 15'1", which was a new personal best in the event.
Long Beach State's Brandon Hierholzer placed first at 16'5.25", while Wisconsin's Wes Kavelaris was second at 16'0.75". Unattached competitor Shane Hoagland and Kunwoo Kin of Korea also cleared 15'1" to finish alongside Berthet.
Senior Shana Emile finished 24th in the women's hammer throw invitational with a mark of 149'5". American record holder and 2008 Olympian Jessica Cosby won the event with an impressive toss 229'9". The field featured several elite and unattached athletes, including a couple of throwers from Great Britain.
Uchenna Agbahiwe and Eva Isaacs were both competing in the women's discus open, which also featured a stacked field. Agbahiwe finished 25th with a toss of 138'5", while Isaacs was 28th at 125'7".
Other meet highlights included Stephanie Trafton and Erik Cadee's performances in the discus invitational competitions on Thursday. Trafton, a 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, won the event with a mark of 213'4". Her throw currently ranks fifth in the world. Cadee, who was competing for the Netherlands, uncorked a massive toss of 219'2", which is the world's leading mark.
The Triton Invitational will continue on Saturday with field events starting at 10:00 a.m. and track events scheduled to begin at 11:00.