Nicholas Rack Shines in 110-Meter Hurdles as UC San Diego Wraps Home Schedule With Triton Invitational
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted the 2018 Triton Invitational on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Triton Track & Field Stadium.
“We had virtually perfect conditions,” said UC San Diego men's head coach Tony Salerno. "There was great competition from schools across the country and athletes from around the world.
“We think our athletes shined, and we continued to show the Triton Invitational ranks among the top annual meets in the country.”
In what Salerno described as one of the best in the history of the annual event, the Triton men’s team placed fourth overall, while the women finished sixth. Both squads finished ahead of several Division I teams.
Highlights from Saturday’s action included junior Nicholas Rack finishing second among all non-Division I competition in the 110-meter hurdles with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 14.14-seconds. The mark likely will get the Murrieta native to his first NCAA Championships in Charlotte, N.C., at the end of May. Rack finished just behind Cal Poly Pomona’s Shane Martin (14.11) in a thrilling race, as both of their times were good enough to win the Division I final.
Senior Paul Doan (San Diego/St. Augustine HS) also continued to shine, placing first in the 100 (10:58), while women’s standouts senior Meghan Fletcher (1:01.16) and junior Kelly Strand (1:01.65) finished second and third, respectively, in the 400 hurdles.
In addition, senior Kristin Semancsin (San Diego/Valhalla HS) placed first among collegiate runners in the 1500 with a provisional-qualifying time of 4:33.60, while junior Natalie Caraway earned third in the triple jump with a personal-record leap of 39'9.75". She was the top non-Division I finisher. The distance improves on Caraway’s existing NCAA provisional qualifier, and moves her from No. 7 all-time in Triton history, all the way up to No. 2 behind only Whitney Johnson (42'4.25"). She was also seventh in the high jump with a height of 5'5".
A meet highlight among notables not affiliated with UC San Diego, was Fanny Roos' Swedish national record in winning the invitational shot put, of 61'3.5".
Next week, UC San Diego will be represented at both the Mt. SAC Relays on Thursday night, April 19, as well as the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa on Thursday and Friday.