Bowen First in Long Jump, Challacombe Third in Heptathlon on Day 2 of CCAA Championships
TURLOCK, Calif. - University of California San Diego redshirt junior Matt Bowen took first in the long jump, while sophomore Chelsea Challacombe finished third in the heptathlon to highlight Day 2 of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships on Friday at Stanislaus State's Al Brenda Track at Warrior Stadium.
Bowen held off the competition with a season-best leap of 24-feet, 9-inches (7.54-meters) to win his second long jump title and third career league crown, after sweeping the long jump and triple jump in 2016. It is an improved NCAA provisional qualifier for the Fresno product. Meanwhile, sophomore teammate Josef Polk placed sixth with a leap of 22'5.75".
Challacombe compiled a personal-record 4739 points in the heptathlon, still No. 3 all-time in program history, to improve on her existing NCAA provisional qualifier. She posted the top distance in the long jump, of 17'10.25". Challacombe was just behind second-place Petrice Beattie (4799) of Stanislaus State. San Francisco State's Devanique Brown took first with 4954 points.
Sprinter Paul Doan (San Diego/St. Augustine HS) continued his remarkable senior season, breaking his own school record in the 100-meter dash yet again, lowering it from 10.52 to 10.41 to qualify for Saturday's final as the top seed. He also turned in the second-fastest mark in 200 prelims (21.50), just behind Cal State LA's Shingirai Hlanguyo (21.48).
The UC San Diego men are currently in third place after five events with 24 points, while the women stand in seventh place through six events with 18.5 points.
Sophomore Devin Lecakes-Jones finished third in the shot put finals with a toss of 52'4.75", while freshman Gabrielle Avila (11'6.25") and senior Carly Heffernan (11'0.25") placed fourth and sixth, respectively, in the pole vault finals.
Senior Meghan Fletcher made a pair of finals, placing third in prelims of the 400 hurdles (1:02.62) and fourth in the 400 (57.14). Junior Nicholas Rack finished fourth in the 400 hurdles prelims (54.01) and third in the 110 hurdles (14.10).
Junior Nick Famolaro had the second-best time in the 800 prelims at 1:55.46 on Friday. Sophomore Timothy Corvese (1:55.47) had the fourth-best time of the day and freshman Jake Selstad (1:55.11) was right behind heading into Saturday's final. Corvese also made the 1500 final (3rd, 4:01.20) with freshman Elijah Horwitz (8th, 4:03.45) and junior Aren Johnson (10th, 4:03.67).
In the 10000 finals, junior Shalyn Mabritto was fifth (38:21.77) on the women's side, with senior Skylar Thiel in eighth (39:04.45). Julian Romero was UC San Diego's top men's finisher in eighth (32:44.41).
Other Tritons qualifying for Saturday finals included senior Kristin Semancsin in both the 800 (8th, 2:15.40) and 1500 (7th, 4:44.94), Caroline Page in the 100 hurdles (5th, 14.66), and fellow junior Kelly Strand in the 400 hurdles (5th, 1:02.87). Sophomore Claudia Cox made it three Triton women in the final of the 400 hurdles (7th, 1:03.01). More men's qualifiers were senior Justin Hunter in the 100 (3rd, 10.69), Polk in the 400 (2nd, 49.17) and 400 hurdles (7th, 54.95), and freshman Kiasa Salgado in the 400 hurdles (6th, 54.67). Sophomore Adam Winding will run in finals of the 200 (8th, 22.03) and 400 (3rd, 48.81) on Saturday.
Sophomore sprinter Avery Schulhofer just missed the 100-meter final by .02 seconds, in ninth (12.01), as did freshman Zeinab Torabi in the 400 hurdles (1:04.13). Riley Sasaki was ninth in 200 prelims (22.05) and 10th in the 100 (10.83), and fellow freshman Quinn Lydon ninth in the 110 hurdles (15.18).
The women's 4x100 relay of Fletcher, freshman Mckenna Meaney, junior Kelly Weldon and Schulhofer were second in 46.88 to advance to the final. The 4x400 relay duplicated that effort through Strand, senior Selena Friedman, freshman Elizabeth Hennessy and Cox (3:56.47). With only seven teams, men's relays go straight to finals.
The final day of the 2018 CCAA Championships on Saturday, May 5, begins with the women's discus at 11 a.m., with Triton junior Esther Nofodji (San Diego/Hoover HS) the No. 3 seed. Action on the track, all finals, starts at 1:30 p.m. with the women's 3000 steeplechase. Fans can follow via live results here.