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Senior Matt Endler produced a trifecta of top-three individual finsihes in the shot put (2nd), discus (2nd) and hammer throw (3rd).
UCSD Competes at Ross and Sharon Irwin Meet
Release: Saturday 03/23/2013 
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The UC San Diego men’s and women’s track and field teams competed Saturday at the Ross and Sharon Irwin Collegiate Scoring Meet, hosted by city rival Point Loma Nazarene University.

Despite fielding partial contingents with their student-athletes coming off of final exams, the Tritons placed second among 10 women’s teams behind only the host Sea Lions (428.5) with 394 points. The men accumulated 211 points for seventh, as Middlebury of Vermont finished atop the 10-team standings with 418 points.

UCSD did not enter any of the three relay events on either the men’s or women’s sides, giving up 50 points in the women’s competition to Point Loma Nazarene.

The Triton women produced seven first-place and 16 top-three efforts, with five of those individual victories coming in field events. All four wins and all nine top-three placements for the men were of the field variety.

Winners for the women were sophomore Sabrina Pimentel in the 800 (2:16.77), junior Lauren Irish in the 400 hurdles (1:03.80), Sydney Blakeley in the pole vault (12’0”), fellow freshman Julia Wildenthaler with a personal best in the triple jump (36’5.75”), junior Eva Isaacs in the shot put (42’6”), senior Uchenna Agbahiwe in the discus (131’6”) and junior Aletha Vassilakis in the javelin (119’9”).

Isaacs’ mark in the shot put was a personal record and moved her up from seventh to sixth all-time in program history.

Freshmen Megan Benham (11’6”) and Ashley Rhorer (tied-35’5”) were second behind Blakeley in the pole vault and Wildenthaler in the triple jump, respectively.

For the men, junior Clint Rosser in the pole vault (15’6”) and seniors Ryan Eckert in the shot put (49’9.75”), Zach Nagengast in the discus (151’9”) and A.B. Shaheen in the hammer throw (184’10”) were event winners.

Senior Matt Endler was second in the shot put (46’4.75”) behind Eckert with a collegiate-best toss of 46’4.75”, improving on 45’9.25”. Freshman Jared Shahbazian was third with a mark of 44’6”. Endler also combined with Nagengast to take maximum points for the Tritons in the discus, placing second (148’9”). He completed his day with a third-place showing in the hammer throw (150’7”).

Among other top-three finishes, Kathleen Hitchens was second in the 100-meter dash in a season-best 12.41. Fellow senior Chelsey Kamson’s time of 25.07 in the 200 was good enough for third, as well as a personal best that moves her from 10th to ninth all-time at UCSD. Junior Lorato Anderson was third in the 800 (2:18.12), as was senior Raquel Ormsby in the 400 hurdles (1:05.76), Wildenthaler in the high jump (5’3”), Isaacs in the discus (114’8”) and freshman Valerie Francis in the hammer throw (117’3”).

Senior Quentin McWhorter was second in the triple jump (45’0.5”) and fifth in the 110 hurdles in a season-best 16.10. Junior David Guinasso (season-best 51.19) and senior Anthony Heredia (4:00.53) were fourth in the 400 and 1500, respectively.

Former Triton standout Nick Howe, now a volunteer assistant coach in the program, turned in the top distance in the javelin of 236’1” as an unattached participant, his next-closest competitor at 191’11”. Howe’s school-record mark holds at 231’3”.

The UCSD track and field program will be back in action full force next weekend, hosting the milestone 20th edition of the California-Nevada Championships at Triton Track & Field Stadium. The top annual collegiate meet takes place on Friday, Mar. 29, and Saturday, Mar. 30.

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