PUEBLO, Colo. -
UC San Diego came away with a trio of top five finishes and another school record as the 2012 NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships came to a close on Saturday in Pueblo.
Senior Ka Wai Ng had the biggest highlight of the day, finishing second overall in the men's triple jump. A native of Hong Kong, China, Ng turned in an impressive performance in his final meet as a Triton, leading the field through the first four rounds. After dropping down to third, he came back to hit 51'9" on his final jump and missed the winning mark of 51'9.25" by a single centimeter.
Ng's mark is a new school record, easily surpassing his old personal best of 50'5.5", which came at the CCAA Championships in Los Angeles earlier this month. It was the second school record in as many days for the Tritons as the women's 4x400 relay team set a new program standard in the prelims on Friday at 3:42.17.
Texas A&M-Kingsville's CJ Griggs took home the national title in the event, holding off Ng by the slimmest of margins.
Chasing his third consecutive NCAA Championship in the men's javelin, senior Nick Howe fell short of that goal and finished fifth overall on Saturday. Facing extremely difficult conditions with severe crosswinds and temperatures above 95 degrees, Howe's best throw of the day measured in at 223'11", well below his usual marks.
The Aptos, Calif. native threw extremely well after qualifying for finals in ninth place, but another title was not in the cards. Bloomsburg's Justin Shirk won the event with a throw of 235'11", while Pittsburgh State's Mike Beeler was second at 233'00" and Cody Parker of Alaska Anchorage finished third at 232'5".
Showing just how strong the field was this year, Howe would have needed to reach a new PR to earn a spot on the podium. He holds the school record in the event at 231'3".
After posting the fourth-fastest time in prelims on Thursday, senior sprinter Jacqueline Rose ran strong again to finish fourth in the finals of the women's 400-meter dash. She clocked in at 54.14, narrowly holding off Quanera Hayes (54.18) of Livingstone.
Rose then wrapped up her busy weekend by anchoring the Triton 4x400 relay team that placed seventh overall. Sabrina Pimentel, Lauren Irish and Deyna Roberson handled the first three legs and the group clocked in at 3:45.17, which was three seconds off of their school record time from Friday.
Junior Jessica Miklaski had a big day, finishing 10th overall in the women's javelin. She uncorked a throw of 142'4", which was a new personal best and well beyond her seed mark of 138'11". Her 10th place finish was a huge improvement considering she was seeded 17th coming in.
"Overall, it was great meet for us," men's head coach Tony Salerno said. "When you can get to nationals with a small group and come back with two school records and several All-Americans, you know you've had a successful trip. We couldn't be more pleased with our athletes and how they continue to rise to the occasion in big meets."
Ng, Howe, Rose, Pimentel, Irish and Roberson earned All-America accolades by virtue of their top-eight finishes in their respective events.
All told, UCSD competed in six events during the championships, finishing in 18th place with 12 points in the men's competition and 31st with seven points in the women's.