Thursday, June 29, 2017

UCSD Track & Field Dominates At Home

Last Saturday the UCSD men's and women's track and field teams hosted the UC San Diego Collegiate Invitational and gave their guests a glimpse of what Triton hospitality is about, as both UCSD teams grabbed first place overall to sweep the invitational.

Lyon Liew
Guardian

The women's team, competing against Cal Poly Pomona, Cuyamaca Community College, Mesa Community College, Point Loma University, California State University at San Marcos and University of Utah, earned a total of 217 points, while second place Cal Poly Pomona was far behind with 145.5 points.

The men's team earned 189 points, enough to edge the Cal Poly Pomona men's team, which came in second with 162 points.

""[Both teams' performances] were dominant,"" said track head coach Tony Salerno. ""It was inspiring.""

Lyon Liew
Guardian

The UCSD women had finishers in the top 10 in every event, except for 4x100 relay events, in which the team was disqualified. Triton event winners included Meghan Scott in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:27.33, Julie Pope in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 12:03.44, the 4x400-meter relay team with a time of 4:00.34, Sarah Raoufi in the high jump with a jump of 1.60 meters (although teammate Nicole Johnson received second place, also jumping 1.60 meters), Clara Wilson in the long jump with a leap of 5.41 meters, Nicole Johnson in the triple jump event with 10.93 meters, and Erin Selim in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:17.14.

""It was a great day on the track,"" Salerno praised.

Salerno marked Selim's win as a stand-out performance, characterizing it as an ""easy win."" Another top performance for the women's track and field team actually came the day before the UCSD Invitational, when Megan Bergin qualified for the NCAA nationals in the hammer throw at a San Diego State University meet.

On the men's side, top UCSD finishers included Jon Wong in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:53.26, James Nielsen in the 1500-meter run beating Wong by half a second with a time of 3:50.3, Nielsen in the 5000-meter run, Steve Pease in the pole vault with a vault of 4.80 meters and Rob Ewanio in the shot put with a throw of 16.05 meters. Pease's vault was good enough to qualify for the NCAA championship.

Wong's time in the 1500-meter events was enough to break the school record, but unfortunately it was for naught, as Nielsen had just enough to finish ahead of Wong and set the record time.

""That's pretty darn real,"" commented Salerno on Nielsen's achievement. ""Both Nielsen and Wong are two of the best distance runners this school has ever seen.""

The men's victory was especially meaningful, as the team had been beaten by Cal Poly Pomona earlier this year.

""[This victory] can be a springboard for the championship,"" Salerno said. ""There were some great highlights and really good breakthroughs [in the invitational].""

According to Salerno, the fact that the Tritons were hosting the invitational gave them a distinct advantage.

""I think that being at home helps a lot,"" he said. ""[Also] we were pretty much full force except for a few injuries.""

Next week, both track and field teams will be heading up north to Claremont to participate in the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, which is a mere precursor to the state championships on April 28 and 29.

""[The Pomona-Pitzer Invitational] is going to be an individual tune-up,"" Salerno said. ""Mainly just to get prepped for the state championships in the following week.""

In their first year in Division II, both track and field teams have already qualified more people for the NCAA championships then they had all of last year when they were competing in Division III.

""Our athletes have really stepped it up,"" Salerno said. ""We're pretty excited.""

Considering their recent success, both track and field teams have every right to be.

Rough Waters

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL — The UCSD women’s basketball team had its six-game winning streak snapped this week, suffering a last-second loss against Cal State San Bernardino on Thursday and a disappointing 75-82 defeat against Cal Poly Pomona on Saturday.

Against Cal State San Bernardino, the Tritons battled to take a four-point lead with 2:30 remaining. But back-to-back jumpers from Coyote forward Kymberly Ooten — coupled with a few Triton turnovers and a sure performance from Coyote guard Eisha Shepherd — allowed San Bernardino to take the victory.

With 3.4 seconds left and the game tied at 58 points, Shepherd drove to the hole, putting away a lay-up to clinch the 60-58 win for the Coyotes.

“We had about three turnovers in a row,” head coach Charity Elliott said. “That certainly gave them the momentum, and they came down and got some easy shots. On that last possession, we just allowed too much dribble penetration. She got too deep into the paint and she hit a tough shot. It is what it is. I feel like we got outworked tonight, and that’s what happens when you get outworked.”

Junior guard Chelsea Carlisle was the Tritons’ leading scorer on the night. Despite going 6-of-19, the guard was still able to finish with 15 points to go along with her four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Sophomore forward Erin Grady was the only other Triton to get in double digits, tallying 13 points.

Shepherd went 8-of-17 for a game-high 16 points. Coyote senior Sabrina Gonzalez also finished the game with 13 points, while junior Jessica Dela Cruz tallied 12 points coming off the bench.

The usual spot-on shooting from the Tritons — who went a meager 38 percent from the field — was missing, although the performance from Cal State San Bernardino was hardly better. The Coyotes shot 24 of 59 on the night, finishing with 40 percent from the floor.

In the dying minutes of the game, the Coyotes fielded an experienced squad — four  seniors and one junior — that Elliott said helped the Coyotes pull out the win.

“They’re a team of juniors and seniors and transfers and experience,” Ellliott said. “They handle things very well, and obviously their point guard tonight Shepherd had a great, great game and hit some clutch shots that they needed.”

In the final match of their four-game homestead, the Tritons fell to Cal Poly Pomona — a squad which boasts a 10-1 CCAA record an currently sits second in the conference — in a frustrating 75-82 loss.

The Broncos got off to a quick start going on a 3-11 run spearheaded by senior guard Reyana Colson — the CCAA’s leading scorer. Despite going 6-of-21 from the field, Colson finished 10-13 from the line and had three three-pointers to lead all scorers with 25 points.

The Tritons went on a 12-4 run to begin the second half, but the Broncos responded by scoring 17 straight points to go up 74-64.

The Tritons threw out a press to catch up to within four points with less than a minute left, but were unable to pull any closer.

“In the second half, we were struggling,” Elliott said. “We struggle when we get up by a bit. I don’t know if we relax. In the end we were just making some poor decisions — shot selection, turnovers.”

Junior center Lauren Freidenberg led the Tritons in scoring, putting away 20 points and collecting 10 boards to pick up her third double-double of the season.

“The one player that I’m so proud of tonight is Lauren Freidenberg,” Elliott said. “This was maybe a career night for her. We needed everybody to have her mentality out there tonight.”

With the two losses, UCSD moves to 8-4 in the CCAA, tying with Chico State for the fourth.

The Tritons will now head north to take on Sonoma State on Thursday Jan. 27, and Humboldt State on Saturday Jan. 29.


Readers can contact Rachel Uda at [email protected]


Guardian editors approve changes to constitution

In an effort to streamline publication, editors of the Guardian have approved changes to the paper’s constitution, including the addition of a Business Oversight Committee.

The Guardian Executive Board voted 17-0-0 in favor of the amendments at a Feb. 21 meeting. Voting members included all editors and the paper’s business manager, a university career employee. Among other duties, the board is vested by the paper’s constitution with authority to set paper operating policies.

“The reasons behind the changes are to make the goals of the editorial and business as one,” Editor in Chief Clayton Worfolk said. “Changes such as the Business Oversight Committee are the first step toward doing that.”

The committee will provide “official oversight, supervision and governance of the business department,” according to the new amendments. Virtually every business aspect will be supervised by the committee, including ratifying the newspaper’s annual budget, determining the size and structure of the business department and working with the business manager to set advertising sales goals.

Approved amendments to the constitution set the membership of the Business Oversight Committee to include the Guardian editor in chief, managing editors, business manager and an administrator from the university’s Student Life business office. The editor in chief may also move to add members to the committee with approval by a majority vote of the Executive Board.

The changes also removed the business manager from the Executive Board.

Previously, the business manager alone was responsible for making staff employment decisions as well as handling advertising administration. Both of those tasks will be shared with the Business Oversight Committee under the updated constitution. All voting members on the committee will be students, except the business manager.

The structure of the committee could be successful, according to Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Joseph W. Watson. While student-operated and self-supporting, the paper is an administrative unit within Watson’s department.

“Businesses should be very much a learning experience for students, so they’re never going to run as efficiently as nonstudent-run businesses, but that’s not saying all nonstudent-run businesses run very well,” he said. “But I think in the experience of UCSD, situations allowing students to be involved with business sides [have] served as a good learning experience and allowed the business to function quite effectively in terms of providing a service and remaining financially viable. It’s my hope that the Guardian is able to achieve both.”

Changes to the Guardian financial structure were suggested in the hope of boosting ailing finances, which have forced the newspaper to publish smaller issues, Worfolk said.

“The newspaper has dropped in page numbers as a reflection of our budget,” he said. “We hope that an entity such as the Business Oversight Committee will allow us to maximize what we want this paper to be.”

According to its annual financial reports, revenues of the newspaper have dropped over the past four years, causing it to lose almost $60,000 last year.

The Guardian is funded by advertising, which students often misunderstand, according to Advertising Director Michael Foulks, a university career employee.

“We receive no aid from A.S. or the university,” he said.

In order to maintain a fiscally sustainable balance of content, the publication has created a 50-percent split between advertising and editorial space, Foulks said. However, due to heavy advertising competition from other bodies, the Guardian has suffered financial losses, which has created less room for editorial content.

“An ideal situation would be with the Guardian being the show and being all there is,” Foulks said. “But with every week, it seems that there are more and more entities where people on campus and merchants can direct their advertising money.”

While revenues have been declining, the situation is hopeful, Foulks said.

“I’ve been around this place for a while and things usually ebb and flow,” he said. “The economy always goes up and down, which kind of reflects the newspaper. ... Now we’re in a bit of a down period.”

However, a lack of communication has posed a problem for the paper, said Assistant Business Manager Emilee Schumer, a student.

“The financial side and editorial side of the Guardian have been very separate,” she said. “Operating that way has not been very beneficial.”

Although the new Business Oversight Committee will serve as a conduit between the student-run editorial and mostly adult-operated business parts of the paper, the areas will remain divided, Worfolk said.

“Now there will be a line of connection between the goals of the Executive Board and business staff,” he said. “There has always been a wall between the two, and we realize now that the two need to be interrelated. This board is a unifying element, but we recognize that the wall between the two sides is still important.”

The new policies require the committee to communicate regularly with the Executive Board and “alert the board to all unexpected changes to the fiscal health of the paper.”

because I said so

This one goes out to all of the gorgeous females of UCSD athletics. You know what I'm talking about.

I was watching our women's volleyball team dismantle California State University Dominguez Hills last week when I noticed something that I hadn't before. Our female athletes are very attractive.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that the phenomenon was not limited to volleyball, but included all of the women's sports at UCSD. Now, it wasn't that these girls were unattractive before, but I just didn't think about it until last week.

My complete overlooking of the hotness factor of our female athletes led me to think about the way that female athletes are viewed in society. It wasn't until very recently that a female playing sports could be considered a sexual icon. That role was traditionally left up to the glamour industry of models and actresses. It has only been in the past few years that a female athlete could be viewed as both an athlete and a woman instead of simply a tomboy who plays sports.

This had to do with the fact that it was just not acceptable for women to play sports prior to 1980. It was not considered ladylike. Along with society's condemnation of a woman's role in sports came a stereotype about the women who played sports.

This stereotype was that they were manly, rough, crude and unfit for any ""respectable"" man. Some people went as far as to deem female athletes lesbians. That stereotype lives on today in the assumption that the majority of women on the pro golf tour are lesbians.

Another reason that female athletes were not viewed as sexual icons in our society is that men were simply afraid of them. I don't mean that they were cowering in the corner and sucking their thumbs, but they were intimidated by the existence of women who were actually athletes.

Men hate to admit that a girl can beat them at anything, let alone sports. Now picture a female athlete who is not only better than a guy at sports, but one who doesn't whine about a broken nail and can play through pain just like her male counterparts. That equals one big chunk of an ordinary man's pride.

How did men deal with this onslaught of female athletes who proved themselves time and time again in their respective sports? They lashed out with accusations of not being feminine, of being unfit for marriage, and even of being lesbians. It's a typical male response to something that we don't understand. I'm not proud of it, but it happens.

One would think that after the women's movement swept through the nation and fought for equal rights that a woman who played sports could finally be viewed as a lady and an athlete, but that wasn't the case.

Granted, it was becoming more and more acceptable for women to compete in athletics. Professional women's sports leagues began to spring up well into the 1990s, but female athletes were still not completely viewed as women. They were athletes first.

One of the classic examples of this separation of ""desirable"" women and female athletes came from one of the leading voices in sports during the 20th century, ""Sports Illustrated"".

In its annual swimsuit addition, the magazine featured scores of gorgeous models running around on beaches in skimpy outfits. However, it was not until 1997 that someone at ""Sports Illustrated"" had a great idea: Include female athletes in the issue.

Actually, it was a single female athlete. While she wasn't on the cover of the issue, Steffi Graf slipped into a bathing suit and made history as the first female athlete to model for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

With her skin gracing the pages of the nation's most hallowed sporting guide, it was suddenly all right to think of female athletes as sexual icons. The national public began to take notice of the beautiful female professional athletes that had seemingly sprung out of nowhere in this country.

Women like pro beach volleyball player Gabrielle Reece started getting endorsements for beauty products, and even a 12-page spread in the January 2001 issue of ""Playboy"". After the U.S. national women's soccer team won the World Cup in 1999 in dramatic, topless fashion, Brandi Chastain's sports bra was the center of every male's fantasy. International female athletes such as tennis' Anna Kournikova and Martina Hingis even have gotten a solid following from young men.

It is finally acceptable for women to play sports and to be seen as women at the same time. Personally, I think it's about time.

These ladies go out there and work hard day in and day out on the athletic field to try to earn respect. When their day is over and they've iced down their latest nagging injury, they deserve to be able to slip into a dress and be wined and dined like any other woman.

For all of you female Triton athletes out there who don't have anyone to take you out on the weekends, you can always stop by the Guardian sports office and talk to either Isaac or myself. By the looks of it though, you shouldn't have any problems finding dates on your own.

Keep up the good work out on the field, ladies. The guys will treat you right when you get home, I promise.

Because I said so.

Triton Volleyball, Ready for Postseason

As the regular season comes to an end, the Triton Women’s Volleyball team sits high and looks forward to an 11th visit to the NCAA Tournament. Last year, the Triton women went into the postseason ranked No. 4 in the West region, cruising past Sonoma State in the first round before falling to Cal State San Bernardino in the second.

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UCSD Water Polo Places Third

The UCSD women's water polo team finished third in the Women's Western Water Polo Association Championship tournament on Sunday, beating the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners 9-5 to wrap up their home season at Canyonview Pool. Loyola Marymount University, the winner of the UCSD-hosted three-day tournament, advanced to semifinal berth in the NCAA Championship tournament.

Tyler Huff
Guardian

Sunday's game against Bakersfield followed a heartbreaking 5-4 loss to UC Davis the day before. It forced the third-seeded Tritons into the consolation game for third place, while Davis advanced to contend for the NCAA berth. While the Tritons had led the game 3-2 going into the final quarter, Davis' three goals put them over the top as UCSD managed only one goal in response. Leading the Tritons in that game were Dana Tucker and Samara Silverman, who had two goals each.

""We played really well, but in the final quarter we had a lot of opportunities but did not convert them,"" head coach Larry Sanders said, ""That's kind of been our MO all year.""

The disappointed Tritons returned to the pool the next day to battle the Roadrunners in what proved to be a physical game. The Tritons controlled the flow of play with a number of steals, and often forced Bakersfield to run down the shot clock. While the Roadrunners could not get outside shots off, their inside set player, Dawn Rodriquez, scored two goals, surpassing the one goal by Emma Kudritzki for the Tritons.

They again had trouble converting their offensive opportunities, in spite of numerous penalties against the physical Roadrunners, who were getting sent to the penatly box as fast as they could rejoin the game. By the end of the second quarter, the Tritons' Courtney Hemmerly had scored a goal to bring the Tritons to a tie.

After halftime, the Triton offense started to dominate the game, scoring three goals in the quarter while Bakersfield continued to take penalty calls from the referees. UCSD still had trouble converting these offensive opportunities during this quarter. Only in the forth, by using time outs to set up their offense after Bakersfield had lost players to penalties. Although the Roadrunners opened the quarter with a goal, the Tritons immediately responded with an inside tally of its own by Tucker. After UCSD took the lead 4-3 later in the quarter, Bakersfield called a time out to set up a special play, only to see it work against them as UCSD beat them to the other end of the pool and score another goal. By the end of the quarter, UCSD held a narrow lead of 5-4.

UCSD scored four goals in a row in the fourth. The increasingly desperate Roadrunners commited more fouls and watched two of their players get ejected for the rest of the game as Rodriquez scored one more goal to end the game, 9-5.

While assistant head coach Robin Bregman attributed the team's initial flat play as ""discouragement"" after the loss to Davis the day before, ""the fact that we have lots of team speed, and we played with such depth - a total of 14 players"" eventually overcame the smaller, slower Roadrunner team of only 12. Sanders called the failure of many offensive opportunities the Tritons' ""Achilles Heel - its been our weakness all year. When we get man-up opportunities, we convert about 30 percent of the time, and to win you need to be 50, 60... It's been frustating all year to lose to strong Division I teams by only one or two goals after leading going into the final quarter because we need to put the ball in the cage on our opportunities.""

Nonetheless, Sanders was very pleased overall: ""We had a great season, going 20-13, beat some very strong Division I teams like 5th-ranked nationally Cal State San Jose, and I believe we can come back even better next year from learning from our close losses,"" Sanders said, pointing out that the team had only one player graduating.

Wellness Starts at the Center, Spreads by Way of the Student Web

STUDENT LIFE 'mdash; It's almost finals again and you're also having trouble sorting out housing for next year (which, by the way, you'll now be financing on your own) since one of your would-be roomies just backed out. Turns out she's still pissed at you for pulling her top down at the waterslide on Sun God.

Sound familiar? College can be a stressful time no matter what, but the current recession means that students are under more pressure than ever before; a study published May 4 by the American Psychiatric Association said the recession has given way to sharp increases in both stress and anxiety nationaly.

According to UCSD Wellness Director Jerry Phelps, amid the budget cuts that the University of California currently faces, the Wellness Program is vulnerable to losing the funding it has 'mdash; which already isn't enough to complete construction of the new Wellness Center at John Muir College.

The center would incorporate both physical and mental wellness, providing services like yoga classes and psychological counseling under one roof. The lack of funds has already pushed its completion date back to 2015. The recession is delaying Wellness Center construction just as it increases the need for those services.

One way to meet that increased need, in the face of budgetary challenges, could be to further promote health awareness among students.

With a more educated student body, the burden of responsibility would lie less on the Wellness Center 'mdash; which would be an invaluable adjustment, as students would rely more on themselves than on a fledgling wellness program.

This expansion is necessary as Counseling and Psychological Services and other wellness sectors are, as Phelps pointed out, 'bursting at the seams.' Scheduling an appointment to see a counselor can already take more than two weeks 'mdash; and with less money, the impact of a large demand and little supply will only worsen.

Given the financial strain in the face of a growing need, the Wellness Program should channel resources into a mental health first aid program.

This program, which originated in 2000 at the Australian National University, allows students to take a training class at a small fee to help them recognize and deal with prevalent mental issues like depression or anxiety much in the same way that students can get certified in first aid and CPR.

A program like this one would be cost effective. According to a 2003 University of Michigan study, getting even basic treatment when a psychological problem arises heads off the need for more costly therapy later. It would allow students to counsel one another early on rather than rely on the cash-strapped Counseling and Psychological Services office.

A study conducted using the Australian program's participants found that they felt more capable of dealing with mental illness and demonstrated improved mental health.

By training students to recognize potential problems and offer basic solutions, troubled individuals could receive some form of help, if only in the form of a sympathetic ear, before the situation becomes too serious.

Think of it this way: When you're stressed about tuition, are you more likely to talk to your best friend, or some suit in Counseling and Psychological Services?

While we may be lacking important resources, as evidenced by the delayed plans for the new center, there are still steps we can take to improve students' well-being. Wellness, both of your wallet and of your mind, should be made available to students now more than ever.

Lady Tritons Upset Attempt Falls Short

The Tritons were unable to repeat their magic from earlier in the season when they toppled then-No. 1 Cal State San Bernardino on Sept. 26. This time they fell to the Coyotes in three straight sets. (John Hanacek/Guardian)

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL — After winning a five-set thriller Friday night against No. 20 Cal Poly Pomona, the No. 15 UCSD women’s volleyball team fell to No. 2 Cal State San Bernardino on Saturday night in straight sets 27-25, 25-13, 25-16.

In their previous encounter on Sept. 26, the Tritons toppled the then-No. 1 Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes (21-3, 13-3 California Collegiate Athletic Association) in five games. Going into Saturday night, the UCSD team was excited to play its conference rival, especially after the exhilarating win the previous night.

In the opening set, both squads battled to take control, with neither team gaining any momentum. In a set that featured 14 ties and 10 lead changes, the Tritons held a 24-22 advantage late in the game, but the team struggled to capitalize with a service error and an attack error on the next two points. A kill by senior outside hitter Rebecca Bailey put UCSD ahead 25-24, but the Coyotes capitalized on the Tritons’ mistakes with three straight kills to take the set.

The second game began exactly like the opening set — in an almost dead heat — with five ties before the score reached 7-7. However, the tide began to change following a Cal State San Bernardino timeout with the score 11-10. After both teams rallied for a point each, the Coyotes went on a 9-0 run, taking advantage of Triton errors to easily win the set.

In the conclusive third game, Cal State San Bernardino jumped out to an early lead, taking advantage of the momentum built up from the previous set. The Tritons weren’t able to get back into the game, and the Coyotes continued to punish UCSD for its errors. Cal State San Bernardino hit a .560 clip compared to the Tritons’ .172 percentage. In defeat, Bailey led UCSD with 15 kills and redshirt freshman defensive specialist Roxanne Brunsting had a team-high eight digs. Senior outside hitter Kimberly Carpenter described how the team just seemed to be a bit off of its norm.

“We had an off night and just weren’t clicking as a team,” Carpenter said. “Our serving is usually a strong point and it wasn’t really connecting.”

Friday night’s match against No. 20 Cal Poly Pomona (15-6, 12-4 CCAA) was a hard-fought clash for the Tritons. The Broncos were coming off a victory against No. 2 Cal State San Bernardino the previous Wednesday night and held a perfect 7-0 home record.

Despite UCSD holding an early advantage, Cal Poly Pomona took the first set. The Tritons led 14-6 after kills by Bailey and junior setter Elaine Chen before the Broncos rallied to tie the score at 19. Despite kills from Bailey and junior outside hitter Sylvia Schmidt to level the score late in the game, Cal Poly Pomona came through with the win.

The second and third sets featured stronger play from Bailey, as the senior led the way with five consecutive kills in the second set and a critical kill during the third set to tie the score at 23. Following Bailey’s lead, Schmidt hit a crucial kill and an ace in the third game and UCSD took a 2-1 advantage in the match.

Cal Poly Pomona came back to win the fourth set before senior outside hitter Kimberly Carpenter stepped up to lead the way for the Tritons in the fifth game. Carpenter recorded consecutive kills followed by a block assist to give UCSD a 7-5 lead. The senior recorded three more kills during a Triton rally before Schmidt ended the match with a kill.

Carpenter finished the game with five kills — all in the decisive fifth set — while Bailey totaled 23 kills on the night. Freshman outside hitter Hillary Williamson continued her strong rookie campaign with seven kills and a team-high 16 digs. Carpenter felt excited with how well the team was playing together, especially during the final set.

“We were just really clicking as a team,” Carpenter said. “We were playing in our system and everyone seemed right on and doing their jobs. I really felt like this was one of the first times during the season that we really put it all together and it was awesome.”

Following their weekend series split, the Tritons are 18-5 (12-4 CCAA) and look to bounce back against Cal State Stanislaus on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in RIMAC Arena. UCSD will follow that game with a matchup against Chico State University on Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. In its earlier matches this season, the Tritons recorded a 3-1 win over Cal State Stanislaus and fell to Chico State 3-2.

Track and field hosts 2004 Spring Break Challenge

The UCSD men’s and women’s track and field teams played host to the 2004 Spring Break Challenge at Triton Track and Field Stadium. They competed well, but faced off against such formidable foes as Cornell University, which had its Division I men’s and women’s teams defeat the rest of the field.

The Cornell women scored 213 points to finish ahead of UCSD (172.5), Azusa Pacific (84) and Claremont (81), among the 12 teams total. In the 10-team men’s field, Cornell produced 200 points to come in ahead of UCSD (149), Claremont (90.5) and Azusa Pacific (75).

Hernandez performed her usual solid work in shot put, with a throw of 42-06.75 that landed her in first place. Hernandez also took seventh in her other event, the hammer throw, making it to the 147-11 mark.

Another thrower, Beebe, took first in the javelin throw with a distance of 133-02.

Freshman Elisa Holiday took first in the long jump at 18-02.25, and captured the second-place position in the 100-meter race, running 12.12. Holiday also snagged a third-place finish in the 200-meter run, clocking a 25.10.

Senior Liz Tsu placed fourth in the 400-meter race, finishing in 58.69, while sophomore teammate Sandy Schaefer was right on her heels, running 58.71 and taking fifth place.

Seniors Clara Wilson and Hillary Mills ran close together in the 400-meter hurdles. Wilson finished fourth in 1:04.13, while Mills was fifth in 1.04.25.

Teammates Meredith Perry and Kaylin Siever were in a close pack in the 100-meter hurdles. Perry, a junior, took third in 14.83, while Siever, a sophomore, finished right behind her in fourth at 15.08.

Both women also performed well in other events. Perry took third in the pole vault, reaching a height of 10-11 while Siever placed first in the triple jump with a height of 39-03.25.

Senior Katie Bunker ran the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 12:04.29 and took third place.

The team of Holiday, Siever, Tsu and junior Aileen Sabio excelled in the 400 meter relay, taking fourth with a time of 48.41.

The 1,600 meter relay took first place, and was comprised of Schaefer, Mills, Tsu and Wilson. The women finished in only 3:55.26.

Junior Kelsey Turner was another Triton event winner, jumping 5-5 and taking first in the high jump.

The Tritons performed well in the difficult long-distance races. Junior Lindsay Stalker ran the 800-meter race in 2:19.48, taking fourth. Sophomore Michelle DiMeo also took fourth in the 1,500-meter race, finishing in 4:46.36.

Sophomore Erin O’Donnell performed well on the grueling 3,000-meter race, finishing in 18:34.50, good enough for fifth place.

On the men’s side, freshman Matt Maybeno took sixth place in the 100-meter race, running 11.03, while his performance in the 200-meter race, finishing in 22.20, earned him an even stronger fifth place.

Sophomore Matt Borzage took sixth in the 400-meter race, running 49.355. Borzage was also last week’s California Collegiate Athletic Association Male Track and Field Athlete of the Week.

Sophomore Mike Cunningham won the 110 hurdles in a personal-best time of 14.73, which was good enough for No. 2 all-time in the Triton record book. Cunningham also was a member of the winning 1,600 relay team (3:18.10), along with Borzage, freshman J.C. Inauen and sophomore Matt Horner.

Sophomore Jon Patton was first ahead of Cunningham in the 400 hurdles, racing a 53.43, and second behind him in the 100 hurdles, hitting the finish line in 15.12. His teammate, senior John Morrison, took fifth in the 800-meter race, finishing in 1:56.54.

The long-distance races saw some outstanding UCSD performances. Sophomore Carl Lostrom placed second in the 1,500-meter race, finishing in 3:57.73.

Josephat Keino of Alliant International University was a double-event winner in the 1,500 meters, racing in 3:52.91, and the 5,000, running the lengthy course in 14:50.39. Cornell athletes won five of the seven field events.

The UCSD track and field teams will next compete at the prestigious California-Nevada State Championships on April 3 and April 4 in Fresno, Calif. The teams will host one final home meet at Triton Track and Field Stadium, the UC San Diego Triton Invitational, on April 23 and April 24.