|Junior Laiah Blue leads the UCSD Women's Track & Field team at this week's NCAA Division II Championships.|
Thu., May 24---Track & Field---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---All Day Fri., May 25---Track & Field---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---All Day
Fri., May 25---Women’s Crew---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---All Day
Sat., May 26---Track & Field---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---All Day
Sat., May 26---Women’s Crew---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---All Day
Sun., May 27---Women's Crew---UCSD at NCAA Division II Championships---All Day
TWELVE HEAD TO NCAA TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
With hopes of an all-time best finish, 12 talented female athletes will represent UCSD at the NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships this week in Charlotte, NC...The dozen competitors matches last year’s UCSD all-time best number of D-II qualifiers and the team finish the Tritons will be trying to beat is the 14th place turned in by the 2005 squad...This year’s travel team includes seven individuals with NCAA experience.
UCSD’s best shot at garnering a first-ever individual NCAA gold medal may rest with junior hurdler Laiah Blue...Seeded second in the 100 hurdles and fifth in the 400 hurdles, Coach Tony Salerno feels she will be a title threat in both...Junior Whitney Johnson is ranked second in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump while another junior, Diane Dunn is No. 3 in the 3,000 m.
Rounding out the Triton team will be throwers Jillian Sola (discus), Sarah Hendy (discus) and Torrey Trust (javelin), Emily McGregor (5,000 m.) and two relay teams...Amber Green and Blue will be part of both the 4x100 and 4x400 quartets...Katie Skorupa and Christine Merrill will complete the one-lap unit while Anna Lee McGregor and Corey Sheredy fill-in the four-lap squad...Merrill will also run the 400 hurdles.
WOMEN’S CREW MAKES THIRD STRAIGHT NCAA TREK
For the second consecutive year as a team and third straight time overall, the Women’s Crew will be going to the NCAA Division II Championships...Coach Pattie Pinkerton’s squad departs Wednesday for the 2007 Championship, scheduled for Friday through Sunday on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, TN.
Four schools—Western Washington, Nova Southeastern, Dowling and UCSD—will be vying for the team title which will be determined by the combined results of the varsity eight and varsity four...Two at-large entries—Florida Tech and Seattle Pacific—will be part of the varsity eight field (UCSD was an at-large team in 2005)...The Tritons are seeded No. 3 and they finished fourth a year ago, one point out of third...Western Washington is the defending champion and again ranked No. 1.
BASEBALL SEASON CONCLUDES AT NCAA REGIONALS
Coach Dan O’Brien’s 22nd-ranked Baseball team ended an outstanding season on a bitter note last week, dropping its first two games at the NCAA West Regional in Los Angeles...The Tritons finished up 37-25 overall.
One bad inning felled UCSD Thursday as it lost its Regional opener, 5-4, to No. 16 Mesa State (CO)...Freshman right hander Daniel Simmons breezed through three hitless innings and took a one-run lead into the bottom of the fourth...That’s when things went awry...Three hits, a walk , an error and a wild pitch later, the Mavericks were up, 4-1...They made it 5-1 and then withstood a Triton comeback try for the win...Although UCSD out-hit Mesa State, 8-5, O’Brien’s crew seemed unable to get the key knock, leaving eight runners stranded... Centerfielder Bryan Silverman had two hits and scored twice while rightfielder Tim Mort drove in a pair...Another bright spot was reliever Todd Gimenez... The senior southpaw threw two and two-thirds hitless innings, striking out four.
The scenario the next morning, in an elimination game against the nation’s No. 1-ranked team, Sonoma State, had many similarities to game one...Big innings put the Tritons on the defensive and they again could not come up with the clutch hit...UCSD got off to a positive start, scoring two runs in the first inning on a two-out double by Chris Franco...But after cruising through the first two innings, sophomore starter Trevor Decker got roughed up in the third and fourth as the Seawolves went ahead, 6-2, and were never threatened...The Tritons left 11 runners on base in this one...Jonathan Erickson and Franco each accounted for two of UCSD’s eight hits.
NEWS & NOTES
The annual Athletics Recognition Dinner will be held Thursday, May 31 at the UCSD Price Center Ballroom...For more information call (858) 534-4211.
UCSD appears assured of matching its best ever Division II finish in the Directors’ Cup standings...The Tritons are currently in second place behind defending champ Grand Valley State (MI)...If UCSD holds that position, as expected, it will equal the runner-up finish of 2003-04...The Directors’ Cup annually ranks the top overall athletic programs at each level...Sixteen UCSD teams made the NCAA Playoffs in 2006-07 and eight captured conference crowns.
Four UCSD baseball players were named to the Daktronics Division II All-West Region team last week...Senior Matt Lawson and sophomore Matt Cantele were first team selections while senior David Morehead and sophomore Garrett Imeson grabbed second team honors.
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