UCI's Turpin, Tozier win titles at Cal/Nevada

April 13, 2003

UC Irvine claimed a pair of individual titles and both Anteater track

and field teams turned in solid performances at the California/Nevada

Championships that concluded at San Diego State Saturday.

The UCI women's squad finished fifth of 22 teams with 48 points as

host SDSU won the title with 159. The Anteater men placed sixth of 23

teams with 46 points as UCLA ran away with the team title with 214



UCI junior Annmarie Turpin won the high jump with a season-best

mark of 5-feet, 7 1/4 inches. Senior teammate Jessica Stafford

finished second at 5-5 1/4. Stafford also finished ninth in the

javelin throw with a mark of 128-0.

Sophomore Kaleena Yee finished second in the 5,000 meters

(17:46.46) and senior Wendy Chan was fifth in the 800 (2:11.47).

Sophomore Suzanne Purmort finished fifth in the 400 hurdles in

61.27 for the sixth-fastest time in Anteater history and qualified

for the NCAA Regional Championships at Stanford May 30-31.

Senior Cathy Picha placed eighth in the 800 in 2:15.19 and senior Amanda Armstrong was eighth in the 1,500 (4:44.88).

In the men's competition, UCI senior Darrell Tozier won the 800 in

1:50.12 for the No. 8 time in UCI history and he also qualifies for

the NCAA Regional meet.

In other running events, UCI's Tom Whelan (3:56.48), Ricky Barnes

(3:57.93), Andrew Garratt (3:58.13) and David Santos (3:58.41)

finished 4-6-7-8, respectively in the 1,500.

Sophomore Kenny Vinh finished fifth in the 110 high hurdles (15.12) and sophomore Scott Jarvis was fifth in the 400 hurdles


In the field events, Anteater senior Santosh Swamidass placed

fifth in the high jump (6-8), junior Michael Nguyen was fifth in the

long jump (21-11) and sophomore Patrick Grogan was eighth in the

triple jump at 46-4 3/4.

Another busy week awaits UCI as the Anteaters compete in the Mt.

San Antonio College Relays Thursday through Saturday and in the

Pomona College Invitational Friday.

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