LA JOLLA, Calif. -
Following a two-week layoff, the UC San Diego track and field teams will hit the road for the 2011 California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships beginning Thursday on the campus of Cal State Stanislaus.
The Tritons will be looking for another strong showing at the conference meet after both squads finished in second place in 2010.
The CCAA Championships will open Thursday morning and run through Saturday at the Al Brenda Track at Warrior Stadium in Turlock. The meet will open with multi-events for the decathlon and heptathlon on Thursday, with the 100-meter dash kicking things off at 10:00 a.m. The 400 will conclude the opening day of competition at 2:45 p.m.
Friday's action will include combined events, field events and running events, starting with the decathlon 110-meter hurdles at 10:00 a.m. Saturday will feature finals for the field and running events.
The Tritons are coming off their final home appearance of the season at the annual Triton Invitational two weeks ago, where they squared off with Olympic athletes, world record holders and a host of competitors from the Division I level. Newcomers Ka Wa Ng and AB Shaheen posted top-five all-time marks and picked up NCAA qualifiers, for UCSD on the men's side, while the Triton women registered a victory in the 4x400 relay.
UCSD's women saw their streak of five consecutive CCAA titles come to an end last season as Chico State rallied from 29-points down to edge the Tritons 212.33 to 209.5 on their home track. Former standout Christine Merrill won a total of five events and was named the Athlete of the Meet for the second year in a row, but it wasn't enough to prevent the end of UCSD's reign.
Senior Kelly Fogarty will be looking to defend her championships in both the 100 and 200 meters this weekend in Turlock after a stellar performance at the conference meet a year ago. She won a third straight CCAA title with a time of 11.95 in the 100 and set a then-school record of 23.97 in the 200.
Fellow senior Stephanie LeFever is also looking for a repeat performance after winning the conference crown in the heptathlon with a total of 5,161 points in 2010. She finished first in the 100 hurdles, high jump, 200 and long jump to secure her first career victory in the event.
Theresa Richards won the javelin with a toss of 142'7" a year ago, while Kathleen Hitchens and Jacqueline Rose teamed with Merrill and Fogarty to win a CCAA Championship at 46.67 in the 4x100 relay. Rose, LeFever, Fogarty and Merrill earned the top spot on the podium with a time of 3:45.27 in the 4x400.
While the final tally wasn't nearly as close, UCSD finished second behind Chico State in the men's competition as well in 2010. The Wildcats racked up a total of 290.5 points en route to a seventh straight CCAA title, while the Tritons collected 140 points to hold off third place Cal Poly Pomona, which finished with 130.
Junior Nick Howe helped pave the way, winning a second consecutive title in the men's javelin with a toss of 208'6", while former Triton Leon Baham recorded victories in the 110 and 400 hurdles with respective times of 14.80 and 52.34.
Senior Jason Jackson (hammer throw; third) and junior Alex Corliss (1500; third) were also All-CCAA performers for UCSD in 2010.
For more information on the 2011 CCAA Championships and a complete meet schedule, click here.