Draxler’s pole vault title is the 10th outdoor title of her career
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April 21, 2017 (La Jolla) - San Diego State track & field junior Bonnie Draxler earned her fourth pole vault title of the season to pace the Aztecs’ field athletes in the opening day of the Triton Invitational, hosted by UC San Diego Friday.
Draxler performed a 13-foot, 5.75-inch vault to win the pole vault open title, her fourth pole vault title this season and the 10th outdoor title of her career. Sophomore Marissa Berry took second with a 13-01.75 mark. Senior Katherine Magill posted a season-best 11-10.00 vault for fourth, while freshman Rachel Craft rounded out the top five (11-10.00). Classmate Taylor Alexander also competed (10-10.25, 11th).
In the discus invitational, senior Rachel Alesi was 12th with a 170-00.75 mark. Former Aztec and 2016 U.S. Olympian Whitney Ashley won the discus invitational title with her 209-foot, 5.75-inch throw.
Competing in the discus throw open, sophomore Anushi Desai took seventh with a 151-08.75 mark, while senior Freja Liljedahl was 15th in the hammer throw (169-04.25).
Tomorrow, San Diego State's day begins at 10:30 a.m. with junior Melody Harris in the javelin. Seniors Angel Bucci, Cali King and Elaine Ribeiro, juniors Cindy Flores and Cassidy Towner, and freshman Mary Kunigan run the 1,500 meters at 11:25 a.m. At noon, seniors Kira Moreland and Starlynn Singleton and sophomores Je’Neal Ainsworth and Lisa-Anne Barrow will compete in the long jump. Seniors Madison Gipson and Tyra Lea, and sophomore Lakin Hatcher compete in the 400 at 12:30 p.m., ahead of performances by seniors Micha Auzenne and Kassidy Ellis, and sophomore Sierra Brabham-Lawrence in the 100-meter hurdles at 1:15 p.m.
At 2 p.m., Ellis and freshman Hannah Taylor take on the high jump invitational, and junior Monique McPherson and sophomore Angela Wilson run the 800. The 100-meter dash happens at 2:55 p.m., with Singleton and junior Rochene Smith representing the Aztecs, just prior to Ainsworth's appearance in the triple jump at 3 p.m. Freshman Andrenette Knight and junior Jasmine Young are on tap for the 400-meter hurdles at 3:40 p.m., before the 200-meter dash at 4:10 p.m. for Barrow, Hatcher and Lea. The Scarlet and Black's distance runners conclude the meet for SDSU. Ribeiro is scheduled for the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 5:40 p.m., while Bucci, Kunigan and Towner will run the 5,000 meters at 6:15 p.m.
April 21, 2017
La Jolla, Calif.
No team scores
Individual Results (SDSU and winner of each event only)
Women’s Hammer Throw (out of 37 entrants)
1. Maggie Ewen (ASU) – 224-11.50
15. Freja Liljedahl (SDSU) – 169-04.25
Women’s Pole Vault Open (out of 15 entrants)
1. Bonnie Draxler (SDSU) – 13-05.75
2. Marissa Berry (SDSU) – 13-01.75
4. Katherine Magill (SDSU) – 11-10.00
5. Rachel Craft (SDSU) – 11-10.00
11. Taylor Alexander (SDSU) – 10-10.25
Women’s Discus Throw Invitational (out of 19 entrants)
1. Whitney Ashley (Nike) – 209-05.75
12. Rachel Alesi (SDSU) – 170-00.75
Women’s Discus Throw Open (out of 32 entrants)
1. Monique Griffiths (CSUN) – 171-01.50
7. Anushi Desai (SDSU) – 151-08.75
Triton Invitational results: http://finishedresults.trackscoreboard.com/#/results/meet/1325