TURLOCK, Calif. - The UC San Diego men are first and the women third at the end of day-two action of the 2013 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Track & Field Championships on Al Brenda Track at Warrior Stadium Friday. Cal State Stanislaus is serving as the host of the three-day meet.
The UCSD men (51) surged into the lead over five other squads behind 16 big points from a 1-5-7 finish in the last event of the night, the 10000 meters. Cal Poly Pomona is second with 47 points. Nine-time defending champion Chico State sits in fourth (28). The Triton women have 39 points, 47 back of first-place Chico State (86), looking for its fourth straight league crown. Cal Poly Pomona is second with 52.
UCSD’s lone individual conference champion out of 11 finals contested Friday came in the grueling 10000 as junior Kellen Levy gutted out a career-best time of 30:58.93 to fend off Chico State’s Johnny Sanchez (31:00.36). Senior Matt Lenehan (31:11.48) and freshman Scott Acton (31:53.74) trailed him in fifth and seventh, respectively. Lenehan’s time was remarkably his fastest ever by just under 32 seconds, and moved him up from seventh to fifth all-time in the Triton record book.
Another clear highlight for UCSD was Keith Rose breaking school records in both 100 and 200 preliminaries. The sophomore will represent the Tritons in Saturday finals of each. He first sped 10.71 to win the first of three heats in the 100, lowering his personal best of 10.78 and getting under Ka Wai Ng’s school standard of 10.74 from 2011. Rose’s time of 21.57 in the 200 was good for second in the first of two heats and was the third-fastest qualifier overall. The time lowered his own mark of 21.59 from a season ago.
Eva Isaacs was among the Tritons’ top finals performers on the day, placing second in the shot put with a top distance of 40’11.5”. The junior came up just short of Chico State’s Brooke Shepard (42’6.25”). Senior Uchenna Agbahiwe was fifth (season-best 36’7.5”) and freshman Haley Libuit 12th (33’7.25”).
Ryan Eckert (52’1.75”) and Zach Nagengast (career-best 51’7”) went 2-3 in the shot put, while Matt Endler was sixth (47’8.5”) for 17 valuable points. A fourth senior, A.B. Shaheen, wound up second (190’1”) in the hammer and 10th (45’1”) in the shot.
A trio of true freshmen, all from Northern California, made it onto the podium in their respective field events to mark impressive CCAA Championships debuts. Sean Cook was runner-up in the long jump with a personal-best attempt of 23’10.75”. On the women’s side, Megan Benham established a career-best height of 12’0.5” for third in the pole vault, and Kristin Sato duplicated her placement with a distance of 17’9.5” in the long jump. A fourth freshman, Sydney Blakeley, was fourth in the pole vault (11’4.5”). Benham and Blakeley are now tied for No. 3 all-time at UCSD.
With a majority of the activity on the track of the preliminary variety Friday, Triton junior Chia Chang was fifth in the first of only two finals, the women’s 10000. She timed 38:13.45 to contribute four points to UCSD’s total.
Sabrina Pimentel posted the second-best time in the 400 (56.42), with fellow sophomore Ellexi Snover sneaking into the final in eighth (personal-best 58.25).
Chelsey Kamson will be UCSD’s lone representative in the women’s 200 final, as the senior turned in the third-fastest prelim time of a personal-record 24.96. Snover (13th, 25.76) and senior Kathleen Hitchens (14th, season-best 25.85) also took part.
Kamson will run in the 100 final as well after sprinting sixth-fastest Friday in a personal-record 12.28. Hitchens joins her, sharing the seventh spot with a season-best time of 12.38.
Freshman Marie Diaz was a finals qualifier comfortably with a second-place effort in the second of two heats of the 1500, fourth overall (4:49.57).
Senior Anthony Heredia nabbed the last spot in the final of the 800 meters by a mere .15 seconds, going eighth-fastest in a season-best time of 1:55.76. Freshman teammate Arvind Rao was 11th in a personal-record 1:56.42.
Both Triton competitors in the women’s 800 made the field for finals in junior Lorato Anderson (5th, 2:18.90) and freshman Corinne Hinkle (7th, 2:19.17). The same was the case in the 400 hurdles with junior Lauren Irish (4th, 1:04.65) and senior Raquel Ormsby (5th, 1:05.64).
Sophomore Jeffrey Lim qualified for finals in seventh place in both the 110 (career-best 15.11) and 400 hurdles (56.96).
Sophomore Veronica Bradley completed her first collegiate heptathlon in fourth place with 4,383 points, falling 17 shy of an NCAA provisional qualifier. Sitting in fourth position through four of seven events on Thursday, Bradley temporarily moved ahead of Cal Poly Pomona’s Brandi Gerardo and into third early Friday on the strength of her second-place showing in the long jump with a length of 17’5.5”. Bradley eventually settled back into fourth as she was sixth in the javelin (80’7”) and fifth in the 800 (2:35.55).
UCSD picked up its first point on the women’s side to begin competition in the field events Friday morning as Isaacs placed eighth in the hammer with a personal-record toss of 132’7”. Freshman Valerie Francis, competing in her first conference championship, was 10th (125’3”).
Bradley (10th, 17’0.5”) and freshmen Bailey Turk (11th, 16’11.25”) and Kristen Daugherty (12th, 16’10.75”) all took their turns in the long jump. Senior Quentin McWhorter was seventh in the men’s event with a season-best mark of 22’3.75”, with freshman Randy Copeman 13th (21’6.25”) and Chiao 16th (20’11.75”). Freshman Jared Shahbazian (44’7.5”) and Giovanni Rico (career-long 133’11”) were 12th in the shot put and hammer, respectively.
Remaining Tritons in action Friday were freshman Amy Heins in the 100 (14th, 12.84) and 200 (24th, 26.87), Irish in the 400 (15th, 59.29), Ormsby in the 100 hurdles (10th, 15.20), sophomore Nathaniel Ford (10th, 50.66) and junior David Guinasso (11th, 50.88) in the 400, freshmen Kevin Chiao (9th, 15.20) and Adam Augustyn (10th, 15.22) and senior David Baker (14th, 15.80) in the 110 hurdles, and senior Keenan Smith (9th, 57.33) and Baker (11th, 58.29) in the 400 hurdles.
The 2013 CCAA Championships conclude Saturday with 22 more finals on the track and nine in field events, beginning at 11 a.m. with the women’s discus. The final session on Al Brenda Track gets underway at 1:30 p.m. with the women’s 3000 steeplechase. An awards ceremony punctuating the meet is slated for 6:10 p.m.
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