Six Tritons Receive Tickets to NCAA Championships
INDIANAPOLIS - Six individuals from UC San Diego have qualified for the 2016 NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships. The announcement was made Tuesday by the NCAA.
The Tritons have three male and three female qualifiers. Of the six, Dan Golubovic qualified in two events, the decathlon and pole vault. The other two male athletes competing at nationals are Anthony Capitulo (javelin) and Matt Bowen (long jump). The three women that received their invitation are Paige Hughes (10000), Savanna Forry (high jump) and Chrissi Carr (pole vault). Hughes will be making her NCAA Championship debut.
The three-day meet, co-hosted by IMG Academy and University of Tampa, will take place May 26-28 at the IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton, Fla.
Golubovic grabbed the only automatic qualifier for the Tritons this year when he scored 7139 points in the decathlon at the Aztec Invitational. It is the sixth best mark in the nation. The junior decathlete returns to the national meet after a one-year absence. He finished 14th in the event with 6616 points at the 2014 NCAA Championships. Golubovic also earned a qualifier in the pole vault, tied for the 10th seed with a mark of 16’6.75”, grabbed in the process of his decathlon performance at the Aztec Invitational. The Manhattan Beach product was this year’s California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) champion in the javelin and pole vault, in addition to taking fifth in the discus.
Bowen, an All-American last year in the triple jump, returns to the NCAA Championships, this time in the long jump. The junior horizontal jump specialist earned the qualifier with a 25’0.5” effort at the All-UC Championships. Bowen finished sixth in the triple jump at last year’s meet with a mark of 50’2.5”. He was this year’s conference champion in the long jump and triple jump.
Capitulo, a redshirt senior, returns to the national meet in the javelin after an injury derailed his season last year. The Pacifica native is seeded ninth at 209’6”, earned at the All-UC Championships. At the 2014 NCAA Championships Capitulo placed 17th with a throw of 192’6”.
Forry, a junior, is tied for the ninth best mark in the high jump with a mark of 5’7.75”, secured during the last weekend possible at the Westmont All On the Line Open. She was an All-American last year in the event when she tied for 11th with an effort of 5’5” at the national meet. Forry won the 2016 CCAA title in the high jump.
Carr will make her second appearance at the NCAA Championships in the pole vault, coming in with the 19th best mark at 12’6.25”. The junior placed 16th in the event at last year’s national meet with a mark of 11’9.75”.
Hughes qualified for her first NCAA Championships by running 35:27.07 in the 10000 at the Mt. SAC Relays. The senior distance specialist won her third straight conference title in the 25-lap race this season with a time of 36:03.42.
Student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships by reaching the automatic and provisional standards established for each event. The meet will be held Thursday through Saturday, May 26-28, with track portions of the meet being streamed live on NCAA.com.