Triton Men Claim Conference Title for First Time, Women Third at CCAA Championships
SAN FRANCISCO - The UC San Diego men's track and field team snapped Chico State's 11-year dominance by winning its first conference title on Saturday to conclude the 2015 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships, hosted by SF State at Cox Stadium. The women's team finished in third place.
The Triton men narrowly edged out 11-time defending conference champion Chico State, 216-213. Cal Poly Pomona (153), Cal State Stanislaus (94) and Cal State L.A. (73) rounded out the rest of the top five. The UCSD women scored 138.5 points to place third behind Chico State (213.5) and Cal Poly Pomona (142). Chico State has now won the last six CCAA Championships on the women's side.
The men trailed Chico State, 212-204, with one event left, the pole vault. In a clutch effort, fifth-year senior Clint Rosser took third, clearing 15'11.25" on his third and final attempt at that height. That clearance accounted for the final margin. Dan Golubovic (15'7.25") and Tim Schmidt (15'1.5") took fifth and seventh, respectively, with the trio adding 12 points to UCSD's team score for a total of 216. Chico State's Scott Prater took eighth, scoring a point for the Wildcats.
Golubovic was responsible for 23 of UCSD's 216 points on the men's side. The 2014 decathlon conference champion decided to not defend his title in the multi-events, instead electing to focus on individual disciplines as a strategy to score more points for the team. After finishing third in the javelin (180'8") on Thursday and fifth in the high jump (6'4.75") on Friday, Golubovic was able to secure points in all three events he competed in Saturday. He placed fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.28), fifth in the pole vault (15'7.25") and fifth in the discus (139'11").
UCSD showed its dominance by claiming both sides of the triple jump. Chantia Justice (39'2.5") and Kristin Sato (38'7.5") went 1-2 for the women, while Matt Bowen (49'3"), Derek Van de Streek (46'6.25") and Sean Cook (45'5.75") placed first, third and sixth, respectively, on the men's side.
Markus Woods captured the conference title in the 400 hurdles with a seasonal-best time of 53.95. In the women's 400 hurdles, Meghan Fletcher ran 63.05 for third place. Michelle Cummins (14.55) and Fletcher (15.43) placed third and sixth place, respectively, in the 100 hurdles.
Paul Doan took fourth in the 100, with a personal-best time of 10.68. It is the second fastest time in school history, only behind teammate Keith Rose's 10.62 set in 2013. Doan also ran 22.11 in the 200, good for sixth place.
The Tritons also got good performances from their relay teams. The men's 4x400 relay team of Macky, Van de Streek, Isaiah King and Senese finished in second with their fastest time of the season at 3:15.18. The men's 4x100 team of Emmanuel Elijah, Van de Streek, Bowen and Doan came in fourth, running 41.67.
The women's 4x400 team of Jackie Chalmers, Marisa Padilla, Michaela King and Ellexi Snover ran 3:49.83 for third place. The 4x100 team of Amy Heins, Snover, Padilla and Janay Pierce took fourth with a 47.86 effort.
In the men's shot put, Nick Gastaldo (47'1.75") and Jared Shahbazian (46'8.25") placed fourth and fifth, respectively. Haley Libuit, who was crowned the conference champion in the javelin on Thursday, had a pair of sixth-place showings in both the shot put (39'0.5") and discus (120'9").