Triton Women Take First, Men Second at San Diego Collegiate Challenge
LA JOLLA, Calif. — The University of California San Diego track and field teams continue to impress this season, as the women earned first place overall at the 2019 San Diego Collegiate Challenge, while the men took second.
The Tritons women finished with 104 points to edge Navy (98), with the UC San Diego men's 117 finishing second to the Midshipmen's 133 points.
"We couldn't have asked for better conditions and competition," said UC San Diego women's head coach Darcy Ahner. "Our athletes always step up when meets are at home. We had a number of NCAA-qualifying marks and additions to the all-time list.
"We had a little advantage over Navy as it was their first outdoor meet, but we feel good about the win on the women's side."
Natalie Caraway was among the top highlights of the day for the Tritons, as the senior posted provisional-qualifying marks in both the high jump and triple jump. Caraway took first overall in the high jump, clearing 5-feet, 6.50-inches (1.69-meters), while placing second in the triple jump with a leap of 38'10.50" (11.85).
In addition, junior Gabby Eshiet continued her strong start to the season with a first-place finish in the shot put with a toss of 47'9.75" (14.57).
Senior Kelly Strand earned first place with the top provisional-qualifying time of 59.98-seconds in the 400 hurdles, edging out junior teammate Claudia Cox's second-place pro-qualifying mark of 1:00.01.
On the men's side, senior Matt Bowen made his first appearance of the 2019 season, taking first overall in the triple jump with a best leap of 49'5" (15.06).
The Tritons 4x100 relay team of freshman Joshua Aside-Akrofi, sophomore Kavin Hariharan, junior Adam Winding and freshman Richie Caragao took first with a time of 41.80, while the 4x400 unit of freshman Maximilian Halvax, Winding, junior Makhai Husband and junior Josef Polk placed first in the 4x400 at 3:17.74.
In addition, senior Nicholas Rack posted yet another pro-qualifying time in the 110 hurdles, placing second on Saturday after crossing the finish line in 14.18, while freshman Brett Beattie earned first place in the 3000, finishing in 8:46.49.
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