Meet No. 2
17th Annual Rossi Relays
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 • 11 a.m.
Burns Track & Field Complex • Claremont, Calif.
Coming to Claremont
Just a week after beginning the 2013 season, the UC San Diego track and field teams will travel to the Burns Track & Field Complex of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for the 17th Annual Rossi Relays on Saturday. Field events will kick off at 11 a.m. while running events will commence at 1 p.m. with the 4x100-meter relay. The final event of the day, the men's 3,000, will start at 5:35 p.m.
"It's a chance to qualify for Nationals," said UCSD women's head coach Darcy Ahner about the Rossi Relays. "If we can get some early marks to Nationals going, then I think we're going to be really excited about that."
Though different from their meet on Feb. 16, this meet will be the first one of the season in which the Tritons will be able to earn national-qualifying marks.
"It's a non-scoring meet, it's a fairly big meet and usually quite competitive," said UCSD men's head coach Tony Salerno about the Rossi Relays. "Usually, USC opens at that meet as well as a number of Southern California, Division I schools. It's going to be a real eye-opener for our freshmen. It's a great facility in Claremont and we usually expect some fast times and some national qualifiers right off the bat out of that one."
The men and women will both face at least 16 schools from all over California, including Azusa Pacific, Cal Lutheran, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State San Marcos, Caltech, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Fresno Pacific, Occidental, Point Loma Nazarene, Pomona-Pitzer, Redlands, San Diego, USC, Vanguard, Westmont and Whittier. The women will also compete against Cal State Dominguez Hills and Chapman.
Second Time Around
For the second year in a row, UCSD swept Cal Poly Pomona and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at the UCSD/CPP/CMS Triangular on Feb. 16. The women scored 167 total points to defeat CPP (97) and CMS (90), while the men racked up 155 points in all to beat the Stags (108) and the Broncos (95).
Same Place, Last Year
UCSD had one first-place finish at the 16th Annual Rossi Relays from redshirt senior Kiley Libuit, who won the men's javelin throw with a mark of 188'5" to turn in the fifth-longest toss in school history for that event up to that point. Sophomore Keith Rose in the 100 (10.98, 7th) and junior Quentin McWhorter in the long jump (22'7", 9th) both entered the UCSD Top 10 list of their events at No. 7 and No. 9, respectively. Turning in third-place finishes at the meet were junior Benjamin Berthet in the pole vault (14'11.5") and senior Ryan Eckert in the shot put (48'10").
Junior Lauren Irish on the women's side was the runner-up of the 400 hurdles, clocking in at 1:03.66. In addition, senior Jessica Miklaski finished second in the javelin with a toss of 126'9".
Chargualaf in Charge
Sophomore Dereka Chargualaf earned a pair of wins for the Tritons at the UCSD/CPP/CMS Triangular on Feb. 16. Chargualaf won individually in the 200, crossing the finish line with a personal-best time of 25.82, and ran the second leg of the 4x100 relay to help her team to a top time of 49.13. The San Diego native additionally placed second in the 100 with her collegiate-best time of 12.72. At last year's Rossi Relays, Chargualaf ran a 13.01 to take 35th overall in the 100.
Way of Uchenna
Senior Uchenna Agbahiwe had two strong performances on Feb. 16, winning the discus throw with a top mark of 141'11" and taking second in the shot put with a toss of 37'0.25". The Bellflower native was the Tritons' top finisher at last year's running of the Rossi Relays in both the discus throw (133'4", 6th) and shot put (36'7", 10th).
Blast from the Nagengast
Senior Zach Nagengast won both the discus throw and hammer throw with respective marks of 153'10" and 167'10" while settling for second in the shot put (49'4.25") on Feb. 16. Nagengast finished fifth in both the discus (147'6") and the shot put (46'4") at the 16th Annual Rossi Relays.
Cookin' It Up
In his Triton debut, freshman Sean Cook won the long jump (22'1.75") and triple jump (46') to go along with a third-place showing in the high jump (6'2.75"), where he was UCSD's top finisher.
Rose to the Occasion
Starting his second season strong with the Tritons was sophomore Keith Rose, who swept the sprinting events with wins in the 100 (10.94) and 200 (21.92). Rose was UCSD's top finisher in the 100 at last year's Rossi Relays, where he clocked in with a 10.98 for a seventh-place showing.
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