TURLOCK, Calif. - There was plenty to celebrate for the University of California San Diego men’s and women’s track and field teams on Saturday in the final day of the 2018 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships at Stanislaus State’s Al Brenda Track at Warrior Stadium.
Senior Paul Doan was named Track Athlete of the Meet and also earned the High Point Award, while redshirt junior Matt Bowen garnered Field Athlete of the Meet honors. The duo helped the UC San Diego men’s team claim a second-place finish with 163 points behind only Chico State (252.50), the winner for the 14th time in the last 15 years.
The women’s team finished fourth with 113.50 points, as San Francisco State took home the team crown with 214 points.
Doan placed first to win the conference title in both the 100 and 200-meter finals on Saturday, breaking his own school record in the 100 with a time of 10.39-seconds and matched his own school record set earlier this season in the 200 at 21.10.
Bowen won both the long jump (24-feet, 9-inches) and the triple jump (51’4.25”) on Saturday, with a personal record in the latter event that remains No. 2 all-time at UC San Diego. It’s the third time in his career he’s won the triple jump in three CCAA meets, and the second time he’s brought the long jump title back to La Jolla.
The Tritons had teammates finish first and second in three different events, as Bowen’s junior teammate Arik Nesbit (50’) took second in the triple jump, while the women’s duo of redshirt junior Tais Marinho-Gomez (40’1.5”) and Natalie Caraway (39’6.5”) also finished first and second, respectively, in the triple jump.
In addition, Caraway and sophomore Chelsea Challacombe took the two top spots, respectively, in the high jump, as each cleared 5’6”.
Senior Cole Mears won the men’s javelin with a long throw of 200’11”, as a Triton has now won the event in nine of the last 10 years. Meanwhile, junior Esther Nofodji placed third in the discus with a best toss of 148’3”.
Junior Nicholas Rack finished third in the 110 hurdles, setting a new school record with a time of 14.0, while senior Meghan Fletcher took second in the 400 hurdles at 1:01.20. Junior Joseph Benrubi placed third in the 3000 steeplechase, crossing the finish line in 9:13.81.
The women’s 4x100 relay of Fletcher, freshman Mckenna Meaney, junior Kelly Weldon and sophomore Avery Schulhofer earned second place after crossing the finish line in 47.09, as did the men’s 4x100 relay of Doan, senior Justin Hunter, sophomore Adam Winding and freshman Riley Sasaki with a time of 40.87.
Up next is a Last Chance Qualifier next Saturday, May 12, followed by the NCAA Championships May 24-26 in Charlotte, N.C.