BRADENTON, Fla. - UC San Diego kicked off the 2016 NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships with four in competition, Thursday at IMG Academy Stadium.
Sophomore Matt Bowen highlighted the day for the Tritons, taking 10th in the long jump with a 24’5.5” performance, earning him a spot on the All-America Second Team. Bowen sat in 18th place after two attempts. He set his best mark on his third jump, which secured him the last of 10 spots to advance into the finals, giving him three more tries. He failed to improve his mark in the three extra attempts given. It is the second career All-America honor for Bowen as he finished sixth in the triple jump at last year’s NCAA Championships with a 50’5.25” leap.
Senior Paige Hughes placed 18th in the 10000, finishing the 25-lap race in 37:16.04. It marked the end of a stellar three-year UCSD career for the local product out of Valhalla High School, as a three-time conference champion in the event, and a standout cross country runner.
Junior Chrissi Carr tied for 20th place in the pole vault with no mark recorded. She failed to clear the opening height of 11’11.75” in three attempts.
Junior Dan Golubovic currently sits in 15th in the decathlon with 3452 points after five events completed. His best showing of the day came in the shot put, he took third with a throw of 41’2.5” equating to 640 points. Golubovic scored the most in the long jump with a 21'11.5" performance. He cleared 6'0.5" in the high jump for 661 points, and ran 11.75 in the 100 for 701 points and 52.36 in the 400 for 709 points.
Golubovic concludes the decathlon on Friday, May 27, starting at 6:30 a.m. PT. He will compete in the 110 hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and the 1500. Redshirt senior Anthony Capitulo and junior Savanna Forry will be in competition on Saturday, May 28. Video coverage is provided at NCAA.com.