SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The UC San Diego women claimed its third-straight CCAA title while the men finished fifth at the 2007 CCAA Track & Field Championships on Saturday at Cox Stadium on the San Francisco State University campus.
The Tritons posted 260 points on the women’s side, 77.5 more than second place Chico State, while the men notched 89 points, 30 less than fourth place finisher Cal State L.A. The Chico State men won the title with a team total of 215 points.
Junior Laiah Blue posted a pair of victories for the Triton women, winning the 100 meter hurdles in a time of 13.83 while also claiming victory in the 400 meter hurdles with a time of 61.25.
UCSD also claimed victory in both the women’s relay races, posting a time of 47.14 in the 4x100 relay and a mark of 3:58.13 in the 1600 meter relay.
In addition to her second place finish in the heptathlon, freshman Linda Rainwater captured the CCAA championship in the women’s high jump with her mark of 5’3.75”, which was two inches better than second place finisher Katie Wilson of Chico State.
Junior Whitney Johnson, like Blue, was a double conference championship winner, claiming victory in both the long jump and the triple jump. Her distance of 19’5.5” was five inches longer than second place in the long jump while her mark of 41’3.25” was 2.75 inches better than the second place finisher in the triple jump.
Lauren Anderson and Sarah Hendy won the women’s shot put and women’s discus events, respectively, while Melissa Karnaze finished second in the hammer throw.
On the men’s side, transfer Khalil Hooper had the fastest preliminary time in the 110 meter hurdles but finished in third place in the finals with his time of 15.30 seconds. Desi Burt of Cal State L.A. finished first with his time of 15.20 seconds.
Freshman Casey Ryan finished second in the men’s high jump, leaping a season-best height of 6’9” in the finals. Burt, of CSULA, won the event with the same height, but was able to clear the mark in fewer jumps than Ryan.
Senior Dan Noel finished third in the 400 meter hurdles while also helping the 4x400 relay team to a third place finish.
The Tritons will return to action next weekend at the Occidental Invitational before traveling to Charlotte, N.C., for the 2007 NCAA D-II National Championships on May 24-26.