Matt Bowen, Claudia Cox Earn All-America Honors on Day 1 of NCAA Championships
KINGSVILLE, Texas — University of California San Diego standouts Matt Bowen and Claudia Cox earned All-America Second-Team honors on Day 1 of the 2019 NCAA Track and Field Championships Thursday at Texas A&M Kingsville’s Javelina Stadium.
Bowen placed 10th overall in the long jump with a best leap of 24-feet, 9.25-inches (7.55-meters) to earn All-America Second-Team honors in the event for the third time in his career. Meanwhile, Cox received All-America Second-Team accolades after finishing 11th overall in the 400 hurdle prelims with a time of 1-minute, 1.12-seconds.
In addition, senior Kelly Strand placed 14th overall in Thursday's 400 hurdle prelims after crossing the finish line in 1:01.79. Sophomore Evan Shimasaki also competed in the pole vault on Thursday, but didn't record a mark. It was the second-career appearance in the national meet for Cox, and first for both Strand and Shimasaki.
Bowen, UC San Diego’s all-time record holder in the long jump, will be back in action competing in the triple jump on Friday beginning at approximately 2:45 p.m. PT. The Fresno, Calif., native enters Friday ranked third nationally in the event.
Four other Tritons will compete on Day 2 on Friday, including senior Esther Nofodji in the discus at 11:30 a.m. PT, sophomore Blake Walkowiak in the discus at 2:30 p.m. PT, senior Natalie Caraway in the high jump at 3:05 p.m. PT and senior Nicholas Rack in the 110 hurdle prelims at 4:55 p.m. PT.
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