TRITONS TAKE 16 TO NCAA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Sixteen athletes, an all-time Division II high, will represent UCSD at the 2006 NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships this week in Emporia, KS...Twelve women and four men will comprise Coach Tony Salerno’s travel squad
Eight individuals and the 4x400 relay quartet will be making the trip on the women’s side...Highlighting the female roster are seniors Briana Hinga and Mimi Hodgins and sophomore Laiah Blue...Hinga is the nation’s No. 1-ranked performer in the javelin (151-11.5) while Hodgins was the 2005 runner-up in her specialty, the 800 meters...Blue is the only woman scheduled to compete in two events—the 100 and 400 hurdles.
Hodgins’ sophomore distance teammates Diane Dunn (1,500) and Emily McGregor (5,000) are also qualified as are discus throwers Jillian Sola and Sarah Hendy, both freshmen, and junior Madeleine Flint in the pole vault...The 4x400 relay foursome will be Sandy Schaefer, Elisa Holiday, Amber Green and Katie Skorupa.
All four of the men’s participants are seniors...The duo of Jon Patton and Mike Cunningham will both go to the line in the 400 intermediate hurdles with Patton doubling in the 110 highs...Carl Lostrom brings the ninth fastest qualifying time (9:10.997) into the 3,000 steeplechase and Brad Libuit is in the javelin field.
WOMEN’S CREW HEADS TO NEW JERSEY FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
For the second straight year, the Women’s Crew team will compete at the NCAA Division II Championships but this weekend will be the first time the Tritons have been part of the team competition...UCSD will be matched up against top-seeded defending champion Western Washington, Nova Southeastern (FL) and Barry (FL) starting Friday on West Windsor’s (NJ) Lake Mercer near Princeton University...That quartet will tangle in both eight and four races.
UCSD’s eight, whose close race with Western Washington at the recent Pacific Coast Rowing Championships may have been the key to earning the NCAA invitation, will be comprised of coxswain Arianna Pilram, Mel Kaelberer, Meghan Kelly, Cara Kuebert, Leah Llach, Katie Murray, Alissa Kispersky, Anna Simeon and Jen Myers...The four will be coxed by Phoebe Lee with Kelsey Thomas, Katie Morris, Kali Webb and Megan Hagquist manning the oars...Megan Hatlen and Monica Switick are the reserves.
UCSD BEST IN CCAA, WINS FIRST ANNUAL COMMISSIONER’S CUP
Buoyed by conference championships in women’s cross country, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and women’s track & field and second place finishes in baseball, women’s basketball and men’s track & field, UC San Diego was awarded the inaugural CCAA Commissioner’s Cup last week.
The Cup is awarded to the CCAA school wit the highest aggregate ranking in eight of the CCAA’s 13 championship sport offerings...UCSD finished with 14.5 pts. to easily out-distance second place ChicoState (21.5) and third place Cal State Bakersfield (27.5).
Coach Dan O’Brien’s 2006 Baseball team compiled a 35-24 record and finished second in the CCAA regular season standings...The club’s batting leaders included Damian Fante (runs-57, hits-75, triples-5 & stolen bases-20), Garrett Imeson (average-.365, triples-5), Scott Clement (HR-15 & RBI-56), David Morehead (doubles-19 & walks-30) and Matt Cantele (slugging pct.-.683)...On the mound, top numbers men were Byron Grubman (wins-8 & complete games-4), Ryan Leake (appearances-31 & saves-4), Trevor Decker (ERA-3.69) and Jose Navarro (strikeouts-76).
Crashing the single season top ten were Fante (runs-1st & hits-3rd), Morehead, whose 19 doubles left him tied for second, one short of the record 20 he set last year, Clement (HR-T2nd & RBI-T4th,), Leake (appearances T-1st) and Navarro (strikeouts-6th).
Three Tritons returning Tritons are now among the career home run leaders---Morehead (4th-21), Clement (10th-16) and Cantele (11th-14)...Others in the career top 10 in major categories are Fante (Hits-7th-186 & stolen bases-8th-41), Morehead (doubles-4th-45), Grubman (wins-1st-25, complete games-2nd-16 & strikeouts-4th-198), Leake (saves-1st-12), Navarro (strikeouts-2nd-254).
SOFTBALL BY THE NUMBERS
Some statistical notes from the 2006 Softball season...All-conference center fielder Jenny Spencer dominated the offensive numbers, leading the Tritons in average (.379), hits (66), runs (40), doubles (15), triples (3), slugging pct. (.586) and steals (14)...Other leaders were Jenny Maze (HR-7, RBI-27, walks-15) and Desiree Franciscus (RBI-27)...Sophomore Melissa Ward led all major pitching departments including wins (14), ERA (3.10) and strikeouts (91).
Spencer finishes her career in the top ten all-time in average (.337), runs (91), hits (165) and doubles (38)...Maze, with two years remaining is already fifth on the career home run chart with 13 and Ward, also a sophomore, has vaulted into the top 10 with 20 career victories.