LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego track and field team concluded its hosting duties during the third and final day of the Triton Invitational on Saturday at Triton Track & Field Stadium and proved it could respond positively in the face of high-caliber competition.
“Today was a great day in the Triton Track & Field Stadium,” said UCSD women’s head coach Darcy Ahner. “Sabrina Pimentel in the 800 (2:11.51) and Kristin Sato in the triple jump (39’4.5”) led the way winning their events overall.”
Both the men and women had a dozen top-five finishes for a combined 24 during the meet.
Sophomore Sabrina Pimentel won the women’s 800-meter run with a time of 2:11.51. Not far behind Pimentel in fifth was junior Lorato Anderson, who ran a personal-best time of 2:12.80 to improve her hold of the No. 4 position on UCSD’s all-time top 10 list for that event.
Pimentel and Anderson additionally launched from the starting blocks of separate UCSD teams in the 4x400 relay. Pimentel led a second-place team of sophomore Ellexi Snover, senior Chelsey Kamson and junior Lauren Irish to a time of 3:51.15, while Anderson teamed with senior Raquel Ormsby, freshman Sara Graber and freshman Corinne Hinkle en route to fourth place (4:03.30).
Kamson also represented the Tritons in the second leg of the 4x100 relay, succeeding senior Kathleen Hitchens and preceding freshmen Kristin Sato and Amy Heins. The foursome, which finished fourth, clocked in at 47.40 to move to eighth on the Tritons’ 4x100 relay all-time top 10 list.
Sato made an even bigger impact in the field, winning the triple jump with a top mark of 39’4.5”. In addition, sophomore Chantia Justice contributed a fourth-place finish with her leap of 37’6”.
In the women’s Leon T. Roach III Invitational Pole Vault competition, freshmen Megan Benham and Sydney Blakeley took fourth and fifth, respectively, after each cleared a height of 11’8”. Benham matched her career-best mark with her performance, which is sixth on UCSD’s all-time top 10 list for that event.
Distance runners for the Tritons had a few quality finishes as well. Sophomore Madison Tanner crossed the finish line of the 5000 as the runner-up with a personal-record time of 18:07.58. Two places back in fourth was freshman Chandler Colquitt, who ran a season-best time of 18:17.48.
Junior Chia Chang rounded out the top five in the 1500, running a season-best time of 4:53.15.
Senior Anthony Heredia had the UCSD men’s highest finish of the meet with his second-place showing in the 1500. Heredia ended his race with 3:58.63 showing on the clock. Right behind him in third was sophomore Tanner Collins with his season best of 3:59.70.
A third-place result also came from the 4x400 relay team of sophomore Nathaniel Ford, junior David Guinasso, freshman Sho Kodera and freshman Arvind Rao (3:30.49). In that same race, a team consisting of sophomore Mike Kloha, senior Matt Lenehan, freshman Tareq Alwafai and Collins settled for fifth (3:36.26).
On the track, a trio of individual fifth-place finishes came for the Triton men, including sophomore Keith Rose in the 200 (21.79), junior Kellen Levy in the 800 (1:55.59) and junior Ben Rich in the 5000 (15:13.58).
UCSD’s men had back-to-back finishes in the men’s Leon T. Roach III Invitational Pole Vault event with juniors Benjamin Berthet and Clint Rosser taking third and fourth, respectively, after both surpassed a height of 15’9”.
Three of the Triton men in the field finished fourth overall in their events, including freshman Sean Cook in the long jump (22’9”), senior Quentin McWhorter in the triple jump (45’10.5”) and sophomore Nash Howe in the javelin throw (208’0”).
Though not a top-five finisher during the weekend, senior Zach Nagengast did throw to a career-best length of 169’4” in the men’s discus throw open event to finish in 14th place overall.
This meet featured many performances from world-class athletes and former UCSD All-Americans. Kelly Fogarty won both the women’s 100 (11.56) and 200 (23.32), while Jacqueline Rose broke the tape in the women’s 400 (52.97). Stephanie LeFever took top honors in the long jump (19'6.25"). Occupying the top two slots of the women’s 400 hurdles were Canadian athlete Sarah Wells (56.94) and former UCSD runner Sonali Merrill (59.05), who both competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Winning the men’s javelin throw was former All-American Triton Nick Howe (232’3”).
The Tritons will next compete, starting Thursday, at the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Track & Field Championships in Turlock. The three-day conference meet, which will be held on Al Brenda Track at Warrior Stadium, will commence with the 100 of the decathlon at 10 a.m.
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