SAN DIEGO, Calif. -
The UC San Diego track and field teams divided and excelled at the 35th Annual Aztec Invitational and the Occidental Distance Carnival on Friday, closing the day with several top-20 finishes in their competitive events.
Seniors A.B. Shaheen and Zach Nagengast highlighted Friday's slate of events at the San Diego State-hosted meet with their respective second and third-place showings in the men's hammer throw invitational event, held at UCSD's Triton Track & Field Stadium. Shaheen threw the hammer a career-best distance of 186'6" to strength his hold of fifth on UCSD's all-time top 10 list for that event, while Nagengast had a personal-best throw of 185'0" to give him a share of sixth on that list. Junior Matt Endler (153'1", 15th) and freshman Giovanni Rico (119'4", 24th) also finished decently in the event.
UCSD's men in the 1500-meter run invitational event all crossed the finish line at the SDSU Sports Deck among the top 20 overall. Senior Anthony Heredia led the trio of Tritons in ninth place with a time of 4:00.52. Heredia was followed closely by junior Mario Flores (4:04.21) and sophomore Mike Kloha (4:09.91) in 13th and 19th place, respectively.
Junior Eva Isaacs contributed UCSD's highest finish on the women's side, throwing 39'8.75" to take sixth place overall in the women's shot put open event.
On the track, sophomore Dani Brabender ran to a seventh-place showing in the women's 1500 open event, where she crossed the finish line at 4:57.85. Right behind Brabender was freshman Amanda Weber, who took 11th with a time of 5:01.41.
Freshman Marie Diaz fared well in the women's 1500 invitational event as well. Diaz, who clocked in at 4:41.92, placed 11th in her heat and 15th overall. In the women's hammer throw invitational event, freshman Valerie Francis also finished 15th overall with a throw measuring 122'0".
At the Occidental Distance Carnival on Friday, nine Tritons placed within the top 25 finishers of their events at Bill Henry Olympic Track, including five men and four women.
With a time of 14:37.98, sophomore Tanner Collins finished 10th overall in the men's 5000, giving him the highest finish for a UCSD student-athlete at this year's running of the meet. Collins was followed by junior Kellen Levy (14:56.06, 24th) and freshman Tareq Alwafai (14:56.30, 25th).
In the men's 3000 steeplechase, sophomore Daniel Hauptman acquired a 12th-place result upon coming into the finish with a time of 9:32.25. Freshman Daniel Franz (9:45.87) was UCSD's other finisher in that race, placing 18th overall.
For the women in the 3000 steeple, sophomore Anneke Kakebeen earned 11th place with a time of 11:29.23. Kakebeen was only six slots ahead of 17th-place freshman Alexandra Reich, who ended her race in 11:56.93.
The women were additionally well represented by junior Chia Chang, who nabbed a 19th-place showing in the 5000 and crossed the finish line with a mark of 17:56.59. Just five slots back was freshman Carolina Guzman, in 24th, who turned in a time of 18:17.41 for UCSD.
The Tritons will close out the second and final day of the 35th Annual Aztec Invitational on Saturday. Competition is slated to begin at 9 a.m.
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