The University of California San Diego will host the 2017 Triton Invitational on Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22, at Triton Track & Field Stadium on North Campus in La Jolla. Competition will start with the women's hammer invitational (West Field), Friday at 9:30 a.m. and the men's hammer invitational (UCSD Throwing Field) Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Action on the track on Saturday gets underway at 11 a.m. with the women's 4x400 relay. The meet features over 1100 athletes, including a number of Olympians and world champions.
Live results will be provided for this year's Triton Invitational through the free Finished Results app, compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. A live scoreboard is also available here.
Track and field meets on North Campus are free for UCSD students to attend, with valid identification. General admission for the Triton Invitational is $10. The fee is $5 for outside students with ID, seniors 65 and older, and youth. Children seven and under are free. Parking is free on the UCSD campus on weekends. The nearest recommended parking lot for track meets is the Hopkins Parking Structure adjacent to RIMAC Arena. It is strongly recommended that spectators wishing to attend Friday's activity, which has free admission, do purchase a parking permit, with pay stations located throughout the Hopkins structure.
The 2017 Triton Invitational will feature a number of world-class athletes including Olympians and world champions from around the globe. Among former Triton standouts returning to campus is Nick Howe (2009-12), a two-time national and four-time CCAA javelin champion (Javelin, Sat. 2 p.m. Flight 3/3). The full meet program can be viewed here.
• Joe Kovacs, 2016 American Olympian and 2015 world champion in the shot put (Shot Put - Invitational, Sat. 4 p.m. Flight 2/2)
• Fedrick Dacres of Jamaica, current world leader in the discus (Discus - Invitational, Sat. 1 p.m. Flight 2/2)
• Sultana Frizell, Canadian national record-holder and 2008 and 2012 Olympian in the hammer throw (Hammer Throw - Invitational, Fri. 9:30 a.m. Flight 4/4)
• Eric de Jesus, Brazilian Olympian in the 100-meter dash (100 Meters, Sat. 3:15 p.m. Heat 1/6)
THE ROAD TO TAMPA
Senior Chrissi Carr became the first Triton to officially book her ticket to the 2017 NCAA Division II Championships in Tampa, Fla., in late May, with her automatic qualifier in the pole vault at the All-UC Challenge on March 4. Several of her teammates have nabbed provisional qualifying marks. They are:
Chrissi Carr (Pole Vault)
Merin Arft (3000 Steeplechase)
Chelsea Challacombe (High Jump)
Claudia Cox (400 Hurdles)
Paul Doan (100 Meters, 200 Meters)
Khalil Flemister (Triple Jump)
Savanna Forry (High Jump)
Carly Heffernan (Pole Vault)
Brett Molster (High Jump)
Arik Nesbit (Triple Jump)
Josef Polk (400 Hurdles)
Tim Schmidt (Pole Vault)
UCSD SCHOOL RECORDS FALL
Senior Chrissi Carr and juniors Paul Doan and Merin Arft have set new school records so far in the 2017 season. Carr broke her own standard in the pole vault with a mark of 13'1.5" at the All-UC Challenge on March 3. She bettered her previous mark set in 2016 of 12'6.25". Doan set a new record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.60 at the Ross & Sharon Irwin Collegiate Scoring Meet on March 18. He lowered his own mark three weeks later at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on April 8 with a time of 10.53. Arft set a new school record in the 3000 steeplechase at the California Collegiate Invitational on April 1. Her time of 10:57.34 is the fastest in school history and also an NCAA provisional mark.
DOAN NAMED CCAA TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Junior Paul Doan was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men's Track Athlete of the Week for the week of April 3-9. At the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, the San Diego native broke his own school record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.53, lowering his previous standard of 10.60 set at the Ross & Sharon Irwin Collegiate Scoring Meet on March 18. His record-setting time is an NCAA provisional mark and the top time in the CCAA this season. He was the fastest collegian in the event, placing second overall. In the 200 meters, Doan again finished as the fastest collegian, placing third overall with a time of 21.53. He also anchored the 4x100 relay that crossed the line first with the second-fastest time in school history (41.20).
COX AND FORRY SWEEP CCAA WEEKLY HONORS
Claudia Cox and Savanna Forry were named CCAA Women's Track and Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, for the week of Feb. 21-27. In UC San Diego's first meet of the season, Forry and Cox collected three individual first-place finishes between them, helping the Tritons win the Mangrum Invitational with 77 points.
The UCSD men and women are currently not rated in the top 25. Then men started off the season ranked as high as third in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national computer rankings, with the women seventh. For full rankings, click here.
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