CLAREMONT, Calif. -
After an impressive opening day of competition on Saturday, it was more of the same for the UC San Diego track and field teams Sunday as the Tritons posted several quality results and collected a pair of top ten finishes on the final day of the 2011 Cal/Nevada Track and Field Championships.
Competing against some of the best collegiate programs from all over California and Nevada, the Triton women finished eighth out of close to 30 teams, while UCSD placed 10th in a slightly smaller field on the men's side.
San Diego State scored 132 points to win the women's competition, while Long Beach State dominated the men's field and captured the team title with a total of 155 points. UCSD scored 56 points in the women's meet and tallied 35 points in the men's competition.
"This was one of our best Cal/Nevada meets ever," men's coach Tony Salerno said. "We saw some of our top people compete very effectively against some very high level competition."
After setting new program standards in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes in the prelims on Saturday, senior Kelly Fogarty came back to finish the job on Sunday and came away with first place finishes in each event. She won the 100 with a final time of 11.65 and took first in the 200 at 23.63.
The Danville, Calif. native was voted the female track athlete of the meet for her performance, becoming the second Triton to earn the award in the 18-year history of the meet. Laiah Blue was the first, taking home the honor in 2007.
The women's 4x100 relay team took sixth place as Bailey Weaver, Kathleen Hitchens, Jacqueline Rose and Fogarty teamed up to post a final time of 46.96 against a stacked field that featured groups from Cal State Northridge, Sacramento State, Cal State Fullerton and UNLV. The unit improved their existing NCAA provisional qualifying mark with the performance.
Junior Caitlin Meagher and senior Stephanie LeFever also had notable performances for the Tritons on the women's side. Meagher finished fifth in the 400 hurdles with a time of 62.20, while LeFever placed eighth in the 100 hurdles at 14.53.
Rose was also a scorer for UCSD, taking ninth in the 400-meter dash at 58.34.
On the men's side, junior Dustin Harris collected an NCAA provisional qualifier with his performance in the 800. He clocked in at 1:52.42, which was good enough for fifth place in the event.
Fellow junior Ka Wai Ng also grabbed an NCAA qualifier on the day, finishing sixth in the triple jump after hitting a mark of 47'7.25".
Next up for the Tritons is the 2011 Mangrum Invitational, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 2 on the campus of Cal State San Marcos.