The UC Riverside Highlanders competed against athletes from around the world on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational. On Friday, three Highlanders took part in the women’s hammer throw invitational and another participated in the women’s discus throw open. During the women’s hammer throw, Vesta Bell took home 10th place, throwing 56.77 meters, while Rachel Tice placed 20th and Shaneen Casada placed 28th. In the discus throw open competition, Breana Jemison placed 23rd out of 53 competitors, throwing 45.30 meters. After competing in two events on Friday the Highlanders took on 21 events early Saturday morning.
In the women’s 1500-meter run, Emily Sanchez had a time of 4:42.34, placing her 13th, while Arman Irani took home 57th place in the men’s 1500 with a time of 4:09.44. During the women’s 400, Asha Giles placed seventh with the short time of 55.45 seconds against 55 competitors. Then during the men’s 400, Matthew Vasel took home 16th place with a time of 49.62. Jazmine Harper competed in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.39 seconds, taking home 12th place for Riverside. In the men’s 110 hurdles, sophomore Peter Manu placed 13th out of 33 competitors with a time of 15.09 seconds.
During the 800 meter run, Amihan Agustin had a time of 2:21.35, taking home 43rd for the women, while Cody Rhodes placed 38th with a time of 1:57.86 for the men. The Highlanders continued the day by competing in the 100. Kayla Williams took home 19th with a time of 12.17 seconds for the women and Charles Wheeler placed 22nd with the short time of 11.03 seconds. Jasmine Thomas competed in the 400 hurdles, taking home 22nd for the women with a time of 1:11.21. The last event on the track was the 200 where Noelle Abboud placed 17th with 24.96 seconds for the women and Sean Williams placed 29th with a time of 22.62 seconds.
The remaining field events on Saturday revolved around the hammer throw finals, shot put, javelin throw, pole vault and the long jump invitational. During the men’s hammer throw finals, Carl Nahigian took home 11th place with a distance of 57.60 meters. Following the hammer throw was the women’s shot put invitational where Breana Jemison placed 11th with the distance of 15.55 meters. Later on in the day, Rachel Tice competed in the women’s shot put, taking home fourth place with a 15.01 meter throw. In the long jump finals, both the women and men took home fifth place for the Highlanders. Tayler Fleming jumped 6.01 meters for the women and Ricky Wright Jr. jumped 7.11m for the men. In the javelin throw, Tayler Fleming placed 31st for the women and Matthew Sam placed 18th out of 31 competitors with a 47.88 meter throw. One of the final events of the day was the pole vault where Kasen Burlingham took home 11th place with a mark of 4.90 meters.
The Highlanders will continue their season next Friday and Saturday, April 29-30 at the UC Irvine Steve Scott Invitational starting at 4 p.m.