Sports in Brief
By John Nardolillo
Track and Field
The 4×100 meter relay team, consisting of Taisyn Crutchfield, Megan George, Michelle Norman, and Persis William-Mensah, broke its own school record on Saturday at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla, improving on its old mark of 45.51 to 44.83 seconds.
William-Mensah and Norman also performed well in the 100 meters, posting times of 11.80 and 11.83 respectively, finishing sixth and seventh out of 60.
Junior Ariel Cheng took ninth overall in the pole vault competition with a height of 12-1 ½.
Senior Paige Bushnell ran the 100-meter hurdles in 14.23 on her way to a top-10 finish, while junior Crystal Lizaola finished the 400-meter hurdles in 63.37 to claim tenth place.
Junior Lloyd Sicard, as the only competitor for the men’s team, took 4th place in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.05.
Men’s Tennis managed a split of their final two games before the Big West Championships, edging Fresno State 4-3, and falling to UC Davis 3-4.
In Fresno, each team won a match in doubles play before UCI surrendered the point in the rubber match.
The ‘Eaters and the Bulldogs traded blows in singles play as seniors Nico Mertens and Justin Agbayani along with freshman Vatsal Bajpai came down with victories, tying the score at 3-3 with the deciding match at number six still raging.
Senior Jonathan Poon was able to fight off Fresno’s Jeremy Moser for a 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (3-7), 6-3 victory to give UCI the win, 4-3.
UCI lost another highly contested doubles point at UC Davis, and was not able to overcome the early deficit eventually falling 3-4.
Seniors Andrea Duva, Sarah Gong, and Mazy Watrous played their final home match as Anteaters on Wednesday, April 20, sweeping UC Riverside 7-0.
Gong and Watrous set the tone for the match, taking number one doubles 6-0 as UCI only lost two games in all of doubles play.
Sophomore Vivien Dvali extended her singles winning streak to five with a 6-2, 6-0 victory at number two. Watrous swept at number four, 6-0, 6-3, while Duva was able to secure the clincher with a 6-3, 6-1 win at number five.
Gong wrapped things up for the ‘Eaters with 6-3, 6-2 win at number one for the seventh and final point.