UC San Diego Hosts 2018 Triton Invitational This Weekend
The University of California San Diego will host the 2018 Triton Invitational on Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, at Triton Track & Field Stadium on North Campus in La Jolla. Friday's competition will begin with the women's hammer invitational (West Field) at 9:30 a.m. The men's hammer invitational (UC San Diego Throwing Field) leads things off on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Action on the track starts on Saturday at 11:10 a.m. with the women's 4x100 relay.
Live results will be provided for this year's Triton Invitational through the free Finished Results app, compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. A live scoreboard is also available here.
Track and field meets on North Campus are free for UC San Diego students to attend, with valid identification. General admission for the Triton Invitational is $10. The fee is $5 for outside students with ID, seniors 65 and older, and youth. Children seven and under are free. Parking is free on the UC San Diego campus on weekends. The nearest recommended parking lot for track meets is the Hopkins Parking Structure adjacent to RIMAC Arena. It is strongly recommended that spectators wishing to attend Friday's activity, which has free admission, do purchase a parking permit, with pay stations located throughout the Hopkins structure.
This year's Triton Invitational features over 1000 athletes, most of which compete on the Division I level, as well as a number of Olympians and world champions. The class of the field will be the men's discus, as world leader Daniel Stahl of Sweden will compete against 2012 Olympic silver medalist Ehsan Haddadi of Iran and Olympic bronze medalist Daniel Jasinski of Germany. In the women's discus, collegiate hammer record-holder and shot put world leader Maggie Ewen of Arizona State will compete against U.S. World Championships team member Valerie Allman of Stanford. In addition, the UC San Diego men's 4x100 relay will compete against New Mexico, Grand Canyon, CSUN and others, as the Tritons attempt to qualify for the NCAA Championships in a men's relay for the first time in program history.
THE ROAD TO CHARLOTTE
Several Tritons have already nabbed provisional qualifying marks for the 2018 NCAA Championships May 24-26 in Charlotte, N.C., including:
Senior Paul Doan (100, 200)
Freshman Evan Shimasaki (pole vault)
Men's 4x100 relay (Paul Doan, Riley Sasaki, Justin Hunter, Adam Winding)
Senior Cole Mears (javelin)
Sophomore Josef Polk (400 hurdles)
Junior Matt Bowen (long jump, triple jump)
Junior Nicholas Rack (110 hurdles)
Senior Meghan Fletcher (400 hurdles)
Junior Natalie Caraway (high jump, triple jump)
Junior Esther Nofodji (discus)
Sophomore Chelsea Challacombe (heptathlon)
UC SAN DIEGO SCHOOL RECORD FALLS
Senior Paul Doan set a new record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.10 at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on April 7, after already breaking his own school record in the 100 (10.52) at the Collegiate All Comers Meet in Claremont on Feb. 17. In addition, the Tritons' 4x100 men's relay of Doan as the anchor, freshman Riley Sasaki, senior Justin Hunter and sophomore Adam Winding set a new UC San Diego record with a time of 40.73 at the California Collegiate Open on March 31.
PAUL DOAN, EVAN SHIMASAKI NAMED CCAA TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Senior Paul Doan and freshman Evan Shimasaki were named California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men's Track and Field Athlete of the Week on April 10. Doan finished first in both the 100 and 200 meters last weekend at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, setting a new school record and earning a provisional qualifying mark in the 200 with a time of 21.10, while also anchoring the men's 4x100 relay to a second-place finish. Meanwhile, Shimasaki placed third in the pole vault after clearing 15'9" to earn an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.
The UC San Diego men and women are rated No. 18 and No. 44 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national computer rankings. For full rankings, click here.
BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETICS
On Nov. 27, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons will begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020. They will play a full Big West schedule that season and will be eligible for NCAA Championships in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I championships. Read the full press release here.
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Following this weekend's home meet, UC San Diego will compete in the California Invitational, Bryan Clay Invitational and Mt. SAC Relays next week beginning Wednesday, April 18.