CHICO, Calif. - The University of California San Diego men's and women's track and field teams completed a successful second day of competition at the 2017 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships Friday at University Stadium.
After the conclusion of six events, the UC San Diego women are currently in second place with 42 points, while the men sit in fourth with 29 points. Both the reigning champion and host Chico State men and women are in first place with 90.5 and 87 points, respectively.
Senior Savanna Forry had a runner-up finish in the hammer throw with a distance of 162'11", scoring eight points while senior Dorienne Ordaz scored five points with a fourth-place finish and a distance of 158'9.75". On the men's side, junior Mason Falahat grabbed sixth place and six points with a distance of 154'6.5". Classmates Aria Sadeghi and Joshua Makieve earned eighth and ninth place with distances of 148'11.75" and 148'2.25", respectively.
Freshman Melissa Seaman had UCSD's best effort in the long jump, finishing sixth to grab three points with a distance of 17'9.75". Senior Randy Copeman and sophomore Arik Nesbit finished in sixth and seventh place, respectively, on the men's side. Copeman had a mark of 22'4.75", while Nesbit went 21'10.75".
UCSD had strong performances in the pole vault on both the men's and women's side. For the men, senior Tim Schmidt cleared 16'1.25" to finish in second place behind Stanislaus State's Ryan Pust (16'3.25"). On the women's side, senior Chrissi Carr was awarded second place, finishing behind Chico State's Taylor Sack based on attempts. Both women cleared a height of 12'1.50". Carly Heffernan placed fourth (11'1.75") and fellow junior Devin Stetson finished eighth (10'7.75").
Junior Cole Mears earned five points after placing fourth in the javelin (187'10.5"). Chico State senior Jason Dunn won the event (209'7.5"), snapping a remarkable run of eight straight years in which a Triton took home that title.
In the 10000, junior Skylar Thiel was fifth, earning four points with a time of 37:37.93. For the men, senior Brendan Gee was third, crossing the line in an NCAA provisional qualifying 30:49.18. Both were personal records.
The Tritons qualified three into the men's 400 final. Freshman Josef Polk ran the fastest time in 48.97, with senior Jared Senese right behind him in 49.31. Freshman Adam Winding was also able to get into Saturday's final with a time of 49.44.
In the women's 400 hurdles, freshman Claudia Cox, junior Meghan Fletcher, and Seaman advanced to Saturday's finals. Cox had the top performance for UCSD, finishing third with a time of 1:03.36, while Fletcher placed sixth (1:04.73) and Seaman got the final spot (1:05.08).
Paul Doan will be the top seed in the men's 100-meter dash after finishing first in prelims with a time of 10.61. Fellow junior Justin Hunter also earned a spot in the final with a time of 10.80. Doan will be the second seed in the 200 (21.69), with Hunter also qualifying in sixth (21.96).
Several other Tritons on the track advanced out of their events' prelims and into Saturday's finals. They were the women's 4x100 relay (48.06), junior Kristin Semancsin (1500/4:47.34 and 800/2:15.53), Polk (400 hurdles/53.84), sophomore Nicholas Rack (400 hurdles/54.06 and 110 hurdles/14.38), senior Jackie Chalmers (400/57.13), freshman Avery Schulhofer (100/12.20), senior Ella Verhees (800/2:15.55), freshman Timothy Corvese (800/1:54.78), sophomore Aren Johnson (800, 1:56.49), and the women's 4x400 relay (4:04.51).
UCSD will conclude the three-day CCAA Championships on Saturday, May 6, beginning at 10:30 a.m.