UC Irvine Gears up for Triton Invitational This Weekend

UC Irvine Gears up for Triton Invitational This Weekend

Triton Invitational
April 21-22, 2017
Triton Track & Field Stadium - La Jolla, Calif.
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The UC Irvine women's track & field team is back in action this weekend when it heads to La Jolla for the UCSD Triton Invitational, April 21-22. The two-day meet begins with four field events on Friday, including the women's hammer which kicks off the competition at 9:30 a.m. Saturday's action gets underway with the javelin at 10:30 a.m., while the first track event is the 4x100 relay at 11 a.m. UCI has 12 athletes entered in eight events.

LAST TIME OUT: UC Irvine is coming off a busy week where it sent athletes to four different meets over the course of three days. Junior Persis William-Mensah continued to dominate in the 100m, winning the collegiate open section at the Mt. SAC Relays with a lifetime-best 11.41. One day later, she was the collegiate runner-up, and third overall, at the Beach Invitational (11.48). Senior Megan George also established a season-best 13.35 in the 100m hurdles, while classmate Crystal Lizaola notched personal records in both the 800m (2:10.50) and 400m hurdles (60.69). Sophomore Hope Bushnell added a wind-legal lifetime-best 24.24 in the 200m. In the pole vault, senior Ariel Cheng cleared a season-best 12-09.50, and sophomore Adrienne Lee finished with a personal-record 11-03.75 to move up two spots to No. 7 in program history. Junior Alison Meegan contributed a lifetime-best 155-09 in the hammer throw.

DOUBLE UP: Sophomore Barbara Coward has claimed two Big West Women's Field Athlete of the Week awards this season. Her first honor came after shattering the school and meet record with a toss of 177-10 at the All-UC Challenge. The Atwater, Calif., native then uncorked a throw of 180-08 at the Ben Brown Invitational. Coward's new standard ranks first in the Big West, seventh in the West Region and 14th in the NCAA.

BIG WEST LEADERS: Two Anteaters rank first in the Big West in their respective events as Persis William-Mensah (100m, 11.41) and Barbara Coward (Discus, 180-08) sit at the top of the conference leaderboards.

ALL WE DO IS WIN: The 'Eaters have posted 24 event wins (including relays) in nine meets this season. Barbara Coward has placed first in the discus five times. She has thrown for over 174 feet in every meet, including the Ben Brown Invite where she unleashed a school-record 180-08. Persis William-Mensah also owns five victories with four coming in the 100m and one in the 200m. She established a program-best 11.57 in the 100m at the Mondo Team Challenge. Elizabeth Akindele (Shot Put) and Megan George (100H) have added three top finishes each.

SETTING THE STANDARD: Senior Megan George has continued her success in the 100m hurdles during her final campaign. She opened the year at the UCI Spring Break Collegiate Classic where she ran a then Big West-leading 13.70 to claim runner-up honors. George then picked up three consecutive victories, winning the 100H at the UCR Spring Classic Invitational (13.76), Mondo Team Challenge (13.54) and Big West Challenge (13.37). Most recently, she ran a season-best 13.35 at the Beach Invitational. George is a two-time NCAA West Preliminary qualifier and two-time defending Big West champion, and also owns the school record at 13.28 seconds.

SUMMER TO REMEMBER: Junior Persis William-Mensah had an eye-opening summer in 2016 as she traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to compete in the Olympic Games as a member of Ghana's 4x100 relay team. At UC Irvine, William-Mensah is an all-conference performer and school record holder in both the 100m (11.57) and 4x100 (44.51). She has turned it up a notch recently, running three consecutive wind-aided sub-11.50 races with a personal-best 11.41 (2.8) coming in her individual victory at the Mt. SAC Relays.

VAULTING TO SUCCESS: Senior Ariel Cheng is a two-time All-Big West performer in the pole vault and owns a personal-best 12-10.75, which ranks second in school history. Cheng earned her first victory of the 2017 campaign at the UCI Spring Break Collegiate Classic, while she went on to defend her title at the Big West Challenge. She also cleared a season-best 12-09.50 to tie for first in her section at the Beach Invitational.

PR TIMES THREE: Sophomore Elizabeth Akindele has improved her shot put mark in four of seven meets this year and set three-straight personal records from March 11-25. She currently ranks fourth in program history with a best of 46-10, which was the winning mark at the UCR Spring Classic Invitational. She also won the event at the All-UC Challenge and Big West Challenge.

AROUND THE HORN: Hope Bushnell has finished fifth or better in eight of 11 races this season … She registered wind-aided PRs of 11.73 in the 100m and 24.11 in the 200m at the Big West Challenge … Bushnell has cracked UCI's all-time top-10 in both events with wind-legal bests of 11.89 and 24.24, respectively … Tyra Jones posted back-to-back lifetime bests in the 100H on April 1 and 7 … She currently ranks fourth in school history at 13.72 … Dazhana Bauer-Jackson established a season-best 179-07 in the hammer throw, just four inches short of her personal-record 179-11, which ranks second in program history.

UP NEXT: UC Irvine returns to Anteater Stadium next weekend when it hosts the adidas/Steve Scott Invitational, April 28-29. It will be UCI's final home meet of the season and the 'Eaters will recognize their seniors prior to the last event on Saturday.

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