LA JOLLA, Calif. - UCSB JR Myles McDonald placed second in the 400m hurdles and SO Jeremy Franklin earned a slot into the Invite final of the men's hammer, eventually placing seventh overall at the Triton Invite held Friday and Saturday, April 22nd and 23rd. The Gaucho pair led the way for a small contingent of athletes competing at UCSD while the bulk of the UCSB teams remained in Santa Barbara prepping for the Cal Poly Dual.
McDonald finished the 400m hurdles in a time of 52.11. He got out to a solid start but gave way to UTSA's battle tested senior, Jurmarcus Shelvin with 200m to go. Shelvin, an NCAA Qualifier and C-USA medalist in the event took the win in 51.59. McDonald recorded the third fastest time of his career with his effort.
Franklin found a new lifetime best in the second round of hammer throwing, adding a foot to his PR with a throw of 195'0. Franklin has shown veteran consistency over the previous two competitions, throwing eight of his last twelve attempts over 187 feet, all over his previous best coming into the season. He ranks #7 in UCSB history with his throw.
The hammer event winner was UCSB alum and NCAA qualifier Albert Hughes. Hughes, now an assistant coach at La Verne won the event with a throw of 208'11.
JR Stephen Leach threw the hammer 176'11, good for the second farthest throw in his career. Leach upped his discus best later in the afternoon with a throw of 158'11.
FR Kordell Hampton threw 160'7 in the hammer and then doubled back to find a discus toss of 158'0.
SO Kayla O'Brine had a solid performance in the discus, throwing 150'10. For O'Brine, this is her third meet over 150 feet in the discus this season.
In other running event news, SO Jade Fuller ran a season's best in the 800m, finishing in 2:15.39.
FR Alanna Epps ran the 100m and 200m, finishing in 12.51 and 25.56 respectively.
In the men's 800m, FR James Douglass led the Gauchos with a 1:53.94 clip.
Next up for the Gauchos will be the annual Cal Poly Dual Meet, held in SLO on Saturday, April 30th.