WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UC San Diego junior All-American Nash Howe has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the week of March 10-16.
Howe, out of Aptos (Aptos HS), increased his top mark for the early going in 2014 to a personal-record 229’3” this past Saturday during the San Diego Collegiate Challenge in La Jolla. In also strengthening his own meet record, he won the event handily over Jay Stell (208’2”) of Division I Navy, unleashing his best throw on his second attempt and not taking his remaining two.
The mark makes Howe the current leader in the javelin among all collegians, including the NCAA Division I, where Ethan Rich of Southern Miss has the best distance of 226’0” according to the Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS). Franz Burghagen of Alaska Anchorage is closest in Division II at 216’10”.
The 2013 All-American had already achieved an automatic qualifier for the 2014 NCAA Division II Championships in his season debut on March 8, with a winning throw of 218’10” at the All-Cal Championships in La Jolla. It eclipsed the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 216’3” and therefore booked his second straight trip to the NCAA meet. This year’s installment will be in Allendale, Mich., May 22-24.
Howe is now a two-time CCAA Athlete of the Week for his career, coincidentally having previously earned the honor last March 11 following the 2013 edition of the San Diego Collegiate Challenge. In that meet, his then-personal-best throw of 212’4” bested the previous meet standard held by older brother Nick Howe.
Howe was already No. 2 in the all-time UCSD record book at 221’4”. He is now right on the doorstep of his brother, currently a Triton volunteer assistant coach, who tops the list at 231’3”.
Following a break for winter quarter final exams, UCSD resumes the 2014 competitive season with the Aztec Invitational at San Diego State, March 28-29. That meet will be another big one for Howe, expected to face several Olympians from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, as well as Sam Crouser, a junior at the University of Oregon who placed third at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in 2013.