Saturday, March 8 • 12 p.m.
Triton Track & Field Stadium • La Jolla
The UC San Diego men's and women's track and field teams will be holding their home opener this Saturday, March 8, hosting the All-Cal Championships at Triton Track & Field Stadium in La Jolla. The first field events, being the men's hammer throw (west field), women's javelin (stadium) and women's long jump (east pit), are slated for a 12 p.m. start. Action on the track will get going at 1:30 p.m. with the 3000-meter steeplechase, and conclude with the 4x400 relays at 4:40 p.m. UCSD will be competing against fellow UC system schools UC Irvine, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara.
Admission this Saturday is $10 for adults, and $5 for seniors 65 and up and visiting students with identification. The meet is free to attend for UCSD students with identification, and children 7 and younger. Parking on campus is free on the weekends, but parking is limited at the track facility. Spectators are encouraged to use the Hopkins Parking Structure behind RIMAC Arena.
TRITONS FIRST-TIME ALL-CAL HOSTS
UCSD is set to host the All-Cal Championships for the first time after the meet was previously contested at UC Irvine. Last year, both the men's and women's programs for UCSD took second, with the men racking up 180 points and the women finishing with 163 points. The Tritons held off fellow competitors UCI and UC Riverside. However, UCSB swept the meet again with a first-place finish for both the men and the women.
SCORING AND RESULTS
The scoring on Saturday will be international dual-meet format, meaning 9-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 for individual and relay events. Only the top two finishers from each team in each individual event will be eligible to score points. For relays, only one team per school will score. Live results are available here for this meet through Flash Results West. Complete results will be posted at UCSDtritons.com Saturday evening.
ROSSI RELAYS REVIEW
UCSD had a strong showing at the Rossi Relays on Saturday, Feb. 22. Among many notable performances were three Tritons who became provisional qualifiers for the NCAA Championships. Returners Chantia Justice and Kristin Sato finished 2-3 in the triple jump with marks of 38'7.5" and 38'6.75", respectively. Junior newcomer Anthony Capitulo took first place in the javelin, throwing a distance of 197'6", putting him at No. 5 on the program's all-time list. The only other individual first-place finish for the Tritons was by true freshman Markus Woods, who clocked in at 55.89 in the 400 hurdles.
WASHED OUT IN WEEK TWO
UCSD was supposed to compete in its second meet of the 2014 season this past Saturday, but the Pomona Preview, co-hosted by Cal Poly Pomona and Mt. San Antonio College at Mt. SAC in Walnut, was cancelled due to inclement weather.
MARQUEE HOME SCHEDULE
UCSD will host five meets at Triton Track & Field Stadium in La Jolla in 2014. Headlining the home schedule are the top two meets on the Tritons' annual calendar in the lead-up to the NCAA Championships, those being the Cal-Nevada Collegiate Championships, April 4-5, and the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships, May 1-3. This will mark the second straight year that UCSD hosts one of the premier college track and field events on the West Coast in the Cal-Nevada Championships. La Jolla awaits the CCAA meet for the first time since 2010.
RECENT CCAA HISTORY
UCSD is coming off of a fourth consecutive second-place finish at the CCAA Championships on the women's side, all behind Chico State. The Triton men have produced three successive third-place efforts, with Chico State now the 10-time defending league champion. UCSD was 11.33 points back of second-place Cal Poly Pomona in Turlock in 2013. Triton Track & Field Stadium will serve as host of the 2014 CCAA Championships. The Triton men and women both placed second behind Chico State the last time the meet was held in La Jolla in 2010. That runner-up showing, by a mere 2.83 points (212.33-209.5), snapped a run of five consecutive conference titles for the UCSD women.
HOWE TO THROW YOUR JAVELIN
For the sixth season in a row, the Triton men's javelin contingent will be led by a student-athlete with the last name of Howe. Nash Howe comes off of his All-America sophomore campaign as the seventh-place finisher at his first national meet and first-time champion at the conference level. He took over as the CCAA javelin champ for his older brother, Nick Howe, now in his second year as a volunteer assistant coach on the UCSD staff while he continues to train on campus toward an Olympic run for Rio 2016. Nick was a two-time national champion, three-time All-American and four-time CCAA champion from 2009-12. He holds the school javelin record at 231'3", with Nash chasing his older brother in second at 221'4". The younger Howe will make his season debut this Saturday in La Jolla during the All-Cal Championships, as the Triton coaching staff prepares him for the NCAA Championships, and beyond that, the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, June 26-29.
Sabrina Pimentel is in her junior season after two previous years of impressive performances. As a freshman, Pimentel achieved All-American status running the opening leg of the seventh-place 4x400 relay (3:45.17) after the Triton foursome ran to a school record-breaking time of 3:42.17 in prelims at the NCAA Championships, as well as becoming CCAA champion in the same event. Pimentel also put her name in the record books during her sophomore season (2013) in both the 400 and 800. With a time of 55.95, she garnered the third-fastest 400 in school history, and moved up to second on UCSD all-time top-10 list in the 800 (2:10.90). Her performance in the 800 qualified her for the NCAA Championsips where she finished ninth with a time of 2:13.35.
ROSE TO THE OCCASION
Junior sprinter Keith Rose is the school record-holder in both the 100 and 200 meters, and the reigning CCAA champion in the 100. He placed third in the 200 last season and led off the third-place 4x400 relay. Rose has broken the school mark in both individual sprints twice each. He broke the 100 standard in both prelims (10.71) and finals (10.62) at the 2013 CCAA Championships in Turlock last May. Rose first took over the 200 mark as a freshman (21.59) and lowered it in prelims (21.57) at the 2013 CCAA meet. He is the younger brother of former Triton All-American Jacqueline Rose (2009-12).
SATO AND JUSTICE JUMPING TO THE TOP
Junior Chantia Justice and sophomore Kristin Sato excel for the Tritons in the jumps. In the 2013 season, Justice finished in the top-8 for both the high jump and the triple jump at the CCAA Championships. At the 2012 All-Cal Championships, Justice reached a mark of 5'1" in the high jump, giving her a fourth-place finish. During her freshman campaign, Sato had an impressive year, particularly in the long jump and the triple jump. At the CCAA Championships, Sato finished third in the long jump (17'9.4") and first in the triple jump (39'5.2"), contributing to her CCAA Freshman of the Year award. Sato's mark in the triple jump also qualified her for the NCAA Championships, where she finished 18th overall (38'8.75").
UCSD has three All-Americans on its 2014 roster. Junior Nash Howe earned All-America honors with a seventh-place finish in the javelin a year ago in his debut at the NCAA Division II Championships. Junior Sabrina Pimentel and senior Lauren Irish are All-Americans from the 2012 season, when they made up half of UCSD's seventh-place 4x400 relay. Pimentel competed at the 2013 NCAA Championships as well, in the 800 meters. Remaining returners who made the 2013 NCAA field are senior pole vaulter Clint Rosser and sophomore Kristin Sato, the 2013 CCAA Freshman of the Year, in the triple jump. Pimentel and Rosser both fell narrowly short of All-America status with ninth-place finishes in their respective events.
FOUR CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS
Nash Howe (javelin), Kellen Levy (10000), Keith Rose (100) and Kristin Sato (triple jump) are returning CCAA champions from 2013. All told, there are 14 Tritons on the 2014 roster who produced top-three finishes in at least one individual event at the 2013 CCAA Championships. They are Howe (1st, javelin), Levy (1st, 10000), Rose (1st, 100; 3rd, 200), Sato (1st, triple jump, 3rd, long jump), Lorato Anderson (2nd, 800), Megan Benham (3rd, pole vault), Veronica Bradley (tied 3rd, high jump), Sean Cook (2nd, long jump), Daniel Franz (2nd, steeplechase), Eva Isaacs (2nd, shot put), Chantia Justice (2nd, triple jump), Sabrina Pimentel (2nd, 400), Clint Rosser (3rd, pole vault) and Julia Wildenthaler (3rd, triple jump). Pimentel and Lauren Irish were on the third-place women's 4x400 relay, while Rose, Nate Ford and David Guinasso were part of the third-place men's 4x400.
CCAA FRESHMEN OF THE YEAR
UCSD swept the men's and women's CCAA Freshman of the Year awards a year ago, with rookie field standouts Sean Cook and Kristin Sato earning the distinctions. Sato won the triple jump and placed third in the long jump, while Cook was second in the long jump, sixth in the high jump and 11th in the triple jump. Sato went on to warrant a late addition to the NCAA field, where she placed 18th at her first nationals in the triple jump.
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After Saturday's home opener at the All-Cal Championships, the Triton men and women will remain in home activity at Triton Track & Field Stadium to compete in the San Diego Collegiate Challenge the following Saturday, March 15.