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Saturday’s track and field meet, the All-Cal Challenge Cup, was held at Anteater Stadium on March 6 as UC Irvine hosted UC San Diego, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara and UC Riverside in the day’s events.
‘It was the first scoring meet for us,’ said senior Jenny Liou. ‘We wanted to go out and do well.’
The men’s team snatched first place during the day with 269.50 points. Santa Barbara also performed well with 225.50 points, coming in second, followed by San Diego with 197 points, Davis with 156 points and Riverside with 99 points.
Santa Barbara’s women’s team took first with 253 points. San Diego, with 199 points, placed second with Irvine close behind with 190 points. Davis followed the Anteaters with 154 points and Riverside came in last with 146 points. The men’s 100-meter dash was dominated by Anteater senior Elias Moreno, placing first with a time of 10.79. Junior Jeremy Torres came in second during the second heat of the 100-meter dash at 11.13 and freshman Paul Armendariz followed Torres with a time of 11.32.
For the men’s 400-meter dash, junior Omar Lopez was first at 48.40 with junior Michael McEachron close behind at 50.39. Irvine’s men took the lead in the 4×400 meter relay event when they finished with a time of 3:14.05. Santa Barbara came in second at 3:20.61 and San Diego with 3:20.95.
The men’s triple jump was captured by Anteater junior Patrick Grogan, with 14.71 meters, and sophomore Fred Lee, with 14.13 meters.
For the women’s events, junior Amber Nefas, at 58.68, and freshman Katherina Dawkins, at 59.59, won the Anteaters 14 points in the women’s 400-meter dash. Senior Jenny Liou, followed closely by Santa Barbara’s Desiree DeJesus who clocked in at 10:57.30, took first in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase with a strong time of 10:56.08.
The women’s pole vault was taken by freshman Kirsten Loftin with a mark of 3.60 meters, followed by teammate Erin Curtis’ mark of 3.30 meters.

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