WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UC San Diego junior Keith Rose and sophomore Kristin Sato have been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Track and Field Athletes of the Week for the week of April 21-27.
The two Bay Area natives, with Rose out of San Jose (Archbishop Mitty HS) and Sato from Milpitas (Valley Christian HS), both excelled at the annual Triton Invitational at Triton Track & Field Stadium this past Saturday, April 26, packed with over 1000 athletes representing more than a dozen countries, including several Olympians and Olympic hopefuls.
Sato was the lone individual event winner for UCSD, leaping to a season-best 39’3” to take the top spot in the triple jump. The mark improved on her existing NCAA provisional qualifier of 39’1”. Sato out-distanced 15 competitors from programs like Oregon State, UCLA, San Diego State and Cal Poly Pomona. She also went 17’8.25” in the long jump, placing 15th among 30 participants who registered a fair attempt.
Rose was fourth in the 200 (21.73) and seventh in the 100 (10.84). The school record-holder in both sprints also anchored the 4x100 relay to a season-best 41.92 after Emmanuel Elijah, Derek Van de Streek and David Guinasso.
The CCAA weekly honors are the first for both Rose and Sato, and give UCSD four for the 2014 track and field season. Junior All-American Nash Howe and sophomore Paige Hughes (San Diego/Cuyamaca College/Valhalla HS) were previously selected.
UCSD hosts the 2014 CCAA Championships at Triton Track & Field Stadium this Thursday through Saturday, May 1-3. Sato, the 2013 CCAA Freshman of the Year, will look to defend her title in the triple jump on Saturday at 12:30 p.m., while Rose will do the same in the 100-meter dash. Preliminaries in that event are Friday at 4:10 p.m., with the Saturday final set for a 3:10 p.m. start.