LA JOLLA, Calif. -- The final day of the 2006 California Collegiate Athletic Association Track & Field Championships concluded with host UC SAN DIEGO defending its women's title and CHICO STATE defending its men's crown, both in decisive fashion.
The host Tritons easily outdistanced runner-up CAL STATE L.A., 265.5 to 158, while the Wildcats won their third straight men's CCAA Championship by a substantial margin as well, racking up 211 points to UCSD's 2nd-place total of 165.
CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD women's thrower Cecilia Barnes earned her second straight CCAA Track & Field Athlete of the Year honor after capturing conference titles in the shot put, discus and hammer throw.
CAL STATE STANISLAUS' Joel Stallworth, a star on the Warriors' basketball team with no prior track experience entering this year, was named CCAA Men's Athlete of the Year after winning the 200 and 400 and running the third leg of the Warriors' championship 4x400-meter relay team.
Chico's Kirk Freitas received his third straight CCAA Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year honor while UCSD's Tony Salerno garnered his second straight Women's Coach of the Year accolade.
UCSD's Scott Tsuda (triple jump champion, 6th in long jump) and Chico's Michael Wickman (2nd in 800, 3rd 1500) shared CCAA Men's Freshman of the Year honors, and Cal State Stanislaus' Jasimen Bailey (2nd in shot put, 3rd discus, 7th hammer) and SONOMA STATE's April Montgomery (2nd in 800) did the same with the the Women's Freshman of the Year award.
The Triton women had posted two school records on the day, including Madeleine Flint’s mark in the pole vault. Her height of 12’0.05” not only set a school record, but was good enough to earn her CCAA Champion status. The women’s 4x100 relay team also set a new school record, finishing second in the race with a time of 47.52 seconds.
UCSD’s men set two new school records and tied a third on Saturday. Tsuda’s CCAA winning jump of 48’2.50” set a new standard while the men’s 4x100 time of 41.43 earned the quartet a CCAA Championship in addition to its school record. Brad Libuit, who set a new school record in the 100 meters on Friday in the preliminaries, tied his school mark of 10.80 seconds in the finals, finishing second in the race. He also finished second in the high jump and fourth in the javelin throw.
Individual event champions earned All-CCAA First Team honors, runners-up earned Second Team accolades and 3rd-place finishers received CCAA Honorable Mention.
Men - 1. Chico State 211; 2. UC San Diego 165; 3. Cal State Stanislaus 120; 4. Cal State L.A. 113; 5. Cal Poly Pomona 104; 6. Cal State Bakersfield 100.
Women - 1. UC San Diego 265.5; 2. Cal State L.A. 158; 3. Chico State 117; 4. Cal State Dominguez Hills 72.5; 5. Cal State Stanislaus 67; 6. Cal State Bakersfield 62; 7. Cal Poly Pomona 48; 8. San Francisco State 34; 9. Sonoma State 30.