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Senior Matt Bowen posted an automatic-qualifying mark in the triple jump on Saturday.

Matt Bowen Posts Automatic Qualifying Mark at Ross and Sharon Irwin Scoring Meet

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SAN DIEGO — Senior Matt Bowen became the University of California San Diego’s first automatic qualifier for the 2019 NCAA Championships on Saturday, taking first place in the triple jump with a leap of 51-feet, 7.75-inches (15.74-meters) at the Ross and Sharon Irwin Collegiate Scoring Meet hosted by Point Loma.

Bowen helped lead the Tritons to a second-place team finish behind only Navy with 218 points, while the Triton women earned fourth with 201.5 points.

The Fresno, Calif. native moved into second place in the program’s all-time list for the event, edging his previous best mark of 51’4.25” from last season.

In addition, sophomore Evan Shimasaki cleared a provisional-qualifying mark in the pole vault, clearing 16’4.75” (5.00) and tied for third on the program’s all-time list.

Sophomore Kiasa Salgado finished third in the 400 hurdles with a pro-qualifying time of 52.98-seconds, finishing behind only two runners from Navy.

junior Tim Corvese took first in the 1500 with a time of 3:54.14, while senior Aren Johnson earned a first-place finish in the 5000 at 14:55.10. 

Junior Claudia Cox and senior Kelly Strand also continued their strong seasons on the women’s side, as the Triton duo finished first and second respectively in the 400 hurdles with provisional-qualifying times. Cox placed first in the event after crossing the finish line in 59.18, which is second-best all-time in program history, while Strand was right behind at 1:01.00.

Strand was also the anchor of UC San Diego’s first-place 4x400 relay team that took first with a time of 3:53.43. Joining Strand was freshman Ellie Flint, sophomore Mckenna Meaney and freshman Marley Jacobs, as the Tritons finished ahead of second-place Point Loma (3:56.19) by nearly three full seconds.

Senior Natalie Caraway also had another strong performance, earning first-place in both the high jump and triple jump for the second-consecutive week. 

The Granite Bay, Calif., native and reigning CCAA Field Athlete of the Week cleared a pro-qualifying mark of 5-feet, 7-inches (1.70-meters) in the high jump to tie for fifth all-time at UC San Diego. In addition, Caraway had a leap of 38’11” (11.86) in the triple jump, which was good for ninth all-time for the program.

Junior Gaby Eshiet posted a first-place pro-qualifying mark in the shot put with a best toss of 48’1.25” (14.66), which was second-best in program history. Meanwhile, senior Esther Nofodji pro-qualifying toss in the discus of 149’10” (45.67) was good for second place on Saturday and ninth all-time in program history.

UC San Diego returns to action next weekend, as the Tritons compete in San Diego State’s Aztec Invitational. 

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