The University of California San Diego track and field team got off to a very encouraging start to the season at the Pomona-Pitzer Collegiate All Comers meet on Saturday.
The Tritons had several provisional qualifying NCAA marks in its opening meet of the season, along with personal records and marks that the cracked the program’s top-10 lists.
Saturday’s competition also included members of the Chinese National Team.
“It was a very upbeat day with more personal records and provisional marks than you usually see in the first meet of the season,” said UC San Diego women’s head coach Darcy Ahner. “It looks like we’re on our way to a great season.”
Junior Claudia Cox was among the highlights for the Tritons on Saturday, placing first overall in the women’s 400-meter hurdles. A native of Greenville, N.C., Cox posted a provisional qualifying time of 59.95-seconds.
Senior teammate Kelly Strand also recorded a provisional qualifying time of 1:01.74 in the 400 hurdles to place third, while sophomore Zeinab Torabi finished fourth (1:04.67).
In addition, the women’s 4×100 relay team of seniors Caroline Page, Ashley King, Mckenna Meaney and Avery Schulhofer took first with a time of 48.18, after the Chinese National team was disqualified on an exchange.
The Triton men were also led by the 4×100 relay team of freshman Joshua Asiedu-Akrofi, junior Adam Winding, sophomore Kavin Hariharan and freshman Richie Caragao, which placed second behind the Chinese National Team at with a time of 41.87. The unit’s time ranks 10thoverall in program history.
UC San Diego got a pair of pro qualifying marks by senior Nicholas Rack in the 110 hurdles and junior Josef Polk in the 400 hurdles. Rack’s time of 14.37 was first overall, while Polk finished third with a time of 53.47.
In the men’s hammer throw, senior Aria Sadeghi’s toss of 174-feet, 9-inches (53.26-meters) was good for first place and the program’s 10th-best all-time mark. Sophomore Blake Walkowiak finished second overall in the men’s shot put, as his mark of 50’ 5.25” (15.37) put him 10thin the program’s all-time list.
The Tritons return to action on Saturday, Feb. 23, as they return to Claremont, Calif., to compete in the Rossi Relays.
— University of California San Diego Athletics Communications
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