IRVINE, Calif. -
The UC San Diego track and field teams traveled on Saturday to UC Irvine's Anteater Track Stadium, where the Tritons faced squads from three other UC schools as part of the All-UC Meet and ended the day with a pair of second-place team showings.
"We competed well today against some pretty good Division I programs," said UCSD men's head coach Tony Salerno. "Things are definitely coming together for us as we look ahead to the Cal-Nevada and CCAA Championship meets in the weeks ahead."
On the men's side, UCSD racked up 180 points to easily beat UCI (123) and UC Riverside (64), while the women finished with 163 points in all to hold off the Anteaters (137) and the Highlanders (130). UC Santa Barbara swept the meet again, posting totals of 228 for the men and 220 for the women. The Triton men and women improved their scores from last year's meet by 34.5 and 9.5 points, respectively.
"It would have been nice to pull closer to UCSB, who is a very tough team on both sides," said UCSD women's head coach Darcy Ahner. "But the early season meets are showing that both the men and women are putting together two great teams this year with a bit of both depth and talent."
Both the men and women had four events in which they took two of the top three slots, including one event on each side where Tritons occupied first and second place, which were the men's hammer throw and women's pole vault.
UCSD also earned three NCAA provisional qualifying marks for the day.
Senior A.B. Shaheen threw a personal-best mark of 187'7" to win the men's hammer throw and earn an NCAA provisional qualifier, and senior Zach Nagengast (174'2") settled for second place. Nagengast also won the discus throw, throwing a top distance of 154'.
In addition, juniors Benjamin Berthet and Clint Rosser came away with respective finishes of second and third in the men's pole vault after both successfully cleared a height of 15'5". Rosser earned an NCAA provisional qualifying mark, hit a personal-best and has the eighth-highest height cleared in UCSD history for that event.
In the triple jump, senior Quentin McWhorter leaped to a winning distance of 45'0.5" while freshman Sean Cook rounded out the top three with his mark of 43'0.5".
On the track, sophomore Keith Rose broke the tape in the men's 200-meter dash with a winning time of 21.86 and came in second place in the 100 with a time of 10.79, just a hundredth of a second shy of matching his personal best.
En route to a third-place finish in the 110 hurdles, freshman Kevin Chiao clocked in with a time of 15.15 to enter UCSD's Top 10 with the eighth-fastest time in program history for that event.
Sophomore Sabrina Pimentel earned UCSD's sole NCAA provisional qualifying mark on the day for the women with her second-place finish in the 800, crossing the finish line in 2:13.05.
The women's day was also highlighted by freshmen Megan Benham and Sydney Blakeley, who claimed first and second place in the women's pole vault. Benham and Blakeley each cleared a height of 11'5.75".
UCSD's women also earned high point totals in the triple jump, where sophomore Chantia Justice and freshman Kristin Sato finished in a tie for second place upon landing their jumps with a mark of 37'6.75".
Junior Michelle Woodruff finished as the runner-up of the high jump after clearing a height of 5'3". With her top mark of 5'1", freshman Kristen Daugherty took third in the event for the Tritons.
Also taking second and third place in the 200 were senior Chelsey Kamson (25.63) and freshman Amy Heins (25.87).
Senior Jessica Miklaski won the javelin, throwing a top distance of 143'2".
UCSD will return home to host the San Diego Collegiate Challenge on Saturday at Triton Track & Field Stadium. The meet is set to begin at noon.
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