INDIANAPOLIS - Five UC San Diego student-athletes have qualified for the 2014 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships, with the NCAA announcing the full field earlier Tuesday.
Four Tritons from the men’s program earned entry in Carlos Bojorquez, Anthony Capitulo, Dan Golubovic and Nash Howe. Sabrina Pimentel, like Howe a junior All-American, is now a three-time qualifier for nationals on the women’s side.
The championships will take place May 22-24 in Allendale, Mich., at the Grand Valley State Track & Field Stadium. Grand Valley State University and the West Michigan Sports Commission will serve as co-hosts of the three-day meet.
Bojorquez (San Diego/San Diego Mesa College/Kearny HS), Capitulo and Golubovic will all make their debut at the NCAA Championships. Bojorquez and Capitulo are both junior college transfers, while Golubovic is a redshirt freshman.
Howe is the narrow favorite in the javelin, his top distance of 229’3” just barely ahead of Franz Burghagen’s of Alaska Anchorage, with Capitulo sneaking into the 20-man field as the 20th seed (201’2”). Howe earned All-America status in seventh place a year ago in Pueblo, Colo. He and Capitulo went 1-3 at the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships on May 3 as Howe defended his title. This marks the second straight year in which the Tritons qualified two men’s javelin throwers to the NCAA meet, with Kiley Libuit joining Howe in 2013.
Golubovic will compete as the 11th seed (6898 points) in the grueling decathlon alongside 15 others, including the top three seeds all from CCAA rival Chico State. The Manhattan Beach product is the 2014 conference decathlon champion.
Pimentel is the 10th seed as the CCAA champion in the 800 meters, with her entry time a school-record 2:09.07. She was an All-American as a freshman in 2012 in the 4x400 relay, and placed ninth in the 800 (2:13.35) last year. Preliminaries of the 800 are set for Friday, May 23.
Bojorquez is the 18th seed (3:50.16) in the 1500 meters. He was second in the event at the CCAA meet. Bojorquez will run in prelims on May 22, with Golubovic also beginning the decathlon on that first day. Howe and Capitulo take center stage in the javelin on May 24.
A total of 754 participants, 377 men and 377 women, will compete in Michigan. Student-athletes qualified for the meet by reaching the automatic and provisional standards established for each event. Howe was UCSD’s lone automatic entrant for the second season in a row.
Portions of the championships will be streamed live on NCAA.com each day.