Aztecs to Travel to SEC Country for Sea Ray Relays in Tennessee
April 8, 2008
SAN DIEGO -
Looking at the Week
The annual meet, hosted by the University of Tennessee, will get underway on Wednesday, April 9, but the Aztecs will not begin competition until Friday, April 11. Friday action will commence with the hammer throw slated for 10:45 a.m. EDT. On Saturday, SDSU will return to the track at 12:45 p.m. for the discus throw.
Live results for the meet will be posted online at http://www.tenntrack.com/meet/results/tenn/2008/04-09_Sea_Ray_Relays/.
Video streaming of the Sea Ray Relays is also available by visiting http://s159447050.onlinehome.us/utvols/other/track/08sea-ray/index.html.
Next week, the Aztecs are scheduled to compete at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays (April 17-20) in Walnut, Calif. The two-day heptathlon will kick things off April 16 in Azusa, Calif.
A Snapshot of the Sea Ray Field
SDSU will be the team making the furthest trip to the Volunteer State as the other schools hail from the Midwest and East Coast.
Joining the Aztecs, Hokies, Wolverines and Lady Vols at Tom Black Track at LaPorte Stadium are Alabama and Kentucky from the SEC; North Carolina State from the ACC; Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State and Wisconsin from the Big Ten; Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgetown, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall and West Virginia from the Big East; and in-state institutions Austin Peay, Bryan, Carson-Newman, Chattanooga, East Tennessee State, Middle Tennessee and Milligan.
Just Another Day at the Office
For the second straight week, sophomore Stephanie Bagan vaulted 13 feet, 7.75 inches at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational to match her personal record. Her height is tops in the Mountain West Conference and in the West Region, second nationally and third all-time at San Diego State. Bagan also recorded her fourth straight regional-qualifying mark and has been the top collegian in the competition in three of her four outdoor appearances and four of her last six outings dating back to the indoor season. Additionally, Bagan has finished among the top 3 in the event in seven of her last nine meets (indoor and outdoor) and in the top 8 in eight of her last nine competitions.
Monica Pacas, meanwhile, established a new personal record after she cleared 13-1.75, SDSU's second-best clearance of the year. The senior finished second among all Division I athletes and has finished in the top 6 in the event in all six of her outdoor meets this season. Pacas' 13-plus feet performance marked the fifth time she has cleared a regional-qualifying height this year.
Joanna Burley also enjoyed a solid performance as she, too, set a personal record with a vault of 12-2.00. Prior to the Pomona-Pitzer meet, Burley's top clearance was 12-1.50 accomplished the 2008 Trojan Invitational.
First-Timers Perform Admirably
Junior Corri Campbell-Fell, who regularly competes in the 400-meter hurdles and the 400-meter dash, raced in the 800 for the first time and finished in third place with a time of 2 minutes, 13.78 seconds. Her clocking ranks as the second-fastest of the season for San Diego State behind Mandy Upuu's 2:11.59.
Speaking of Upuu, the senior ran in her first-ever 1,500 and crossed the finish line 12th out of 85 runners with a mark of 4:47.41. Like Campbell-Fell, Upuu's time ranks as the second-best of the season for the Aztecs, trailing Darien Buc's 4:38.79.
Rounding out the group was Kristin Glen, who lined up for her first 3,000-meter steeplechase. The junior college transfer finished in third place with an SDSU season-best performance of 11:28.06.
Twice this season, the SDSU 4x100 squad has logged a time that qualified them for the NCAA West Regionals. At the Aztec Track and Field Classic, King, Solomon, Lowery and Hornsby finished in second place with a qualifying time of 45.60. One week later at the Trojan Invitational, King, Solomon, Hornsby and Kaye outclassed the field by running 45.53 to win the race.