Big West Conference Championships

DAVIS — UC Irvine recorded the program's highest finish in 12 years Saturday.

Coach Jeff Perkins' Anteaters totaled 83 points to place third behind UC Davis (194) and Cal State Northridge (183.33) in the meet at Toomey Field and Woody Wilson Track on the UC Davis campus.

This was UCI's best finish in the conference meet since placing third at the 2002 Championships.

UCI junior Itos Aikhionbare won her second event of the meet Saturday, placing first in the shotput with a mark of 49 feet, 3 1/2 inches. She won the discus (167-9) on Friday.

Junior Paige Bushnell finished second in the 400-meter hurdles in 60.25, the No. 7 time in Anteater history. Bushnell placed sixth in the 100-meter hurdles Saturday with a time of 14.09.

Freshman Megan George was third in the 100-meter hurdles in a career-best 13.76, improving on her No. 3 time in the UCI record book.

Sophomore Kaulyn Lee-McNeill placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in 60.74 and senior Ericka Nowell was eighth in 67.35.

Sophomore Megan Benson finished seventh in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.00.

Junior Chelsea Schneider was seventh in the 1,500 meters (4:35.02) and eighth in the 800 meters (2:20.55).

UCI's 4x100 relay of Melanie Speech, George, Charity Lyons and Benson finished fifth in 47.14.

The 4x400 relay was also fifth with Saniya Syed, George, Lee-McNeill and Bushnell finishing with a time of 3:48.51.

Several UCI student-athletes are expected to compete in the NCAA West Preliminary Round at Fayetteville, Ark., May 30-June 1.

UC Irvine senior Lacey Surak Aikhionbare won an individual title Friday.

Surak defended her championship in the javelin with a mark of 152 feet, three inches on her final throw of the competition.

Freshman Ariel Cheng was second in the pole vault with a personal-best 12-8 1/4.

Sophomore Melanie Speech was fifth in the javelin (a personal-best 137-3) and Bridget Devaney placed eighth in the hammer throw (164-4).