April 23, 2011
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- The UCSD Triton Invitational got underway on Friday with portions of the hammer throw, discus and pole vault events. UCSB had several standout performances on the first day of the event with Jean Lightfoot finishing second in the discus throw with a toss of 162'2" and Kathleen Guzman finishing 14th with a toss of 139'9". Both Lightfoot and Guzman threw personal bests in the discus during the Friday portion of the meet. Alex Francis threw 163'4" in the hammer throw while Guzman who also competed in the hammer, threw 130'0". In the men's pole vault, Derek Masterson's highest clearance of the day was at 15'9" while Taylor Duncan's highest clearance was at 14'8.25".
On Saturday, the remainder of the track and field events took place at the UCSD track. Beidi Beer ran 11.22 in the 100m dash to finish ninth and Jacob Vowels ran 11.43 which both ran against a headwind. Snita Ashford ran 12.41 to finish 13th overall and Megan Vyenielo finished in 13.27. Beer also competed in the 200m dash and ran 22.48 and Cameron Schneider ran 22.95. Jessica Johnson ran 25.37 in the women's portion of the 200m along with Amanda Rodriguez who ran 25.70. In the 400m dash, Jordan Scott finished in a time of 48.76 to place fifth and Eric Severiano finished in 50.84. Sheneice Vargas led the women 400m runners with a time of 58.07 followed by Camille Petty who finished in 58.09.
Ryan Martin highlighted the men's 800m run with a first place time of 1:50.82 followed by Greg Dotson who finished in 1:52.13 while Sarah Vitug ran 2:12.36 for the women. Rusty Parker led the men in the 1500m run with his time of 3:55.13 followed by Baxter Frick's time of 3:57.17. Cassie Brooker led the women in the 1500m with her time of 4:32.02 which is a new personal best and Andrea Jacobs followed with a time of 4:33.33 to place third.
Assistant Coach Bethany Nickless ran unattached in the women's 3,000m and finished first with a time of 10:05.65 and ahead of the closest competitor by more than three seconds. Sean Johnson ran 15.30 in the 110m hurdles and placed seventh overall. Symone Evans ran 15.53 and Jessica Bragg ran 16.10 in the women's 100m hurdles. André Piñon had a strong performance in the 400m hurdles with second place time of 52.75. Alvin Go also competed in the 400m hurdles and finished in 54.84. Amanda Rodriguez also competed in the 400m hurdles and finished in 1:03.56 to place 10th overall while Aislynn Mueller followed in 1:03.85.
The men's 4x400m relay team of Piñon, Go, Scott, and Martin won first place with a strong finish in 3:12.37 and two seconds ahead of the second place team. The women clocked in at 3:47.79 and good for second place, which composed of Kodama, Diaz, Rodriguez, and Johnson.
Max Villalba led the men in the high jump at a height of 6'9" for second place while Mitchell Haag finished third 6'7". On the women's side, Helena Montin's highest mark of the day was at 5'4". John Walsh set a new personal best in the long jump with his mark of 22'4.25" and Arthur Dyson's best mark of the day was at 20'4.5". Veronica Gines jumped 17'1.25" in the long jump. Karlon Johnson's mark of 45'6" earned him sixth place in the triple jump and Dyson jumped 43'9.5" for 10th place. In the throws held on Saturday, Chad Seymour threw 47'3.25" in the shot put and Masterson threw 45'3.5". Alex Francis threw 42'2" and Alyssa Manning threw 40'10.5" in the women's shot put. Julian Samson threw 163'7" in the discus for the men and Seymour threw 154'9.75". Josh Scherer's best mark of the day in the hammer was at 154'9" while Emil Mejares threw 143'11" for his new personal best.
Next up for the Gaucho's will be a local dual meet against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo hosted by Westmont College in Santa Barbara, Calif. on April 30. In addition, some distance runners will travel to Stanford, Calif. for the Payton Jordan Invitational hosted by the Cobb Track and Angell Field.