SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Distance runners highlighted the second day of the CCAA Track & Field Championships with two Chico State women and Cal Poly Pomona’s Mark Batres winning in their respective events at Cox Stadium on the campus of San Francisco State.
Chico State’s Mary Torres battled UC San Diego’s Diane Dunn shoulder-to-shoulder for most of the women’s 3,000-meter race before pulling ahead in the final lap to win the conference title. Torres, who was the 2006 Cross Country champion, clocked a season-best 9:52.55 to beat Dunn by more than five seconds. Cal State L.A.’s Karla Alburez came in third (10:01.08).
Wildcat junior Lindsay Nelson led for most of the race in the women’s 10,000-meter run. She finished ahead of Cal State L.A.’s Maribel Cespedes and Christina Jimenez of Cal Poly Pomona.
In the men’s 10K, Batres, No. 2 on Cal Poly Pomona’s all-time list, won his third CCAA championship in a strong time of 30:59.55. He won the event in 2004 and 2006. Cal State Stanislaus’ Bobby Olivera came in second and Jeff Wilson of Chico State finished third.
Cal State Stanislaus’ Kevin Bull captured the Decathlon competition by winning the final event, the 1,500-meter run, with a point-total of 6,302. Bull’s teammate Bryan Robbins placed third, behind Robert Nooney of Chico State.
In the men’s throwing events, Humboldt State’s Kyle Sherry took the crown in the men’s hammer with a heap of 161-03 in his first CCAA Championship appearance. Cal State Stanislaus’ Ranbir Johal won the shot put with a toss of 51-09.75.
Cal State L.A. Golden Eagles swept the men’s long jump with Desi Burt winning the event. He had a season-best mark of 23-10.25 to beat teammate and three-time CCAA champion Kevin Finney (23-08.25). Marcus Carroll was third with a 22-10.00.
Chico State’s Elle Cruikshank rallied on day two of the Heptathlon to capture the championship in the event. She tallied 4,753 points, beating out UC San Diego’s Linda Rainwater (4,610) and Kayleigh Knudson (4,088).
Whitney Johnson set a new UCSD record in winning the long jump with a leap of 19-05.50. In the final event on Friday, Chico State’s Katie Wilson on the women’s javelin with a throw of 139-10. Cruikshank finished a long day at the track with a second place finish in the javelin with a 127-01.
Highlighting men’s preliminary action, Cal State Stanislaus’ Joel Stallworth turned in the fastest time in Division II with a time of 46.09 in the 400-meter. Stallworth is also looking to repeat as the 200-meter champion with top qualifying time of 21.35.
Topping the women’s preliminary highlights is UC San Diego’s Laiah Blue, who is looking to win titles in both hurdle events as she clocked 13.79 in the 100 and cruised to qualifying in the 400 with a 63.49. Chico State’s Kayla Silva leads a group of three Wildcats qualifying for the finals in the 800-meter run. Silva timed 2:17.58 in Friday’s prelims.
After two days of competition, Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State are tied for first on the men’s team standings with 48 points, followed by Humboldt State (30) and Cal State L.A. (27). For the women, going into Saturday’s final day, UC San Diego leads with 73 points, ahead of Chico State’s 59. Cal State L.A. follows with 26 points.
The CCAA Championships concludes on Saturday with 32 Finals events. Both the men’s and women’s team champions will be crowned with Chico State looking to win its fourth straight men’s title and UCSD seeking their third consecutive women’s win.