TURLOCK, Calif. -
With the first full day of competition at the 2011 California Collegiate Athletic Association Track and Field Championships in the books, UC San Diego had another day chock-full of outstanding results. The Triton women are currently sitting in second place in the team standings, while UCSD's men are fourth.
Competing at Al Brenda Track on the campus of Cal State Stanislaus, the Triton women scored a total of 49 points in six events on Friday and currently trail defending champion Chico State by just three points heading into the meet's final day on Saturday. UCSD holds a 10-point lead over third place Cal State L.A., while San Francisco State is fourth with 33 points.
Cal State Stanislaus (26), Cal Poly Pomona (23) and Humboldt State (11) round out the final three spots in the women's team standings.
Chico State is leading the way in the men's competition as well, as the seven-time defending champion Wildcats are eyeing yet another title with a total of 76 points through two days of competition. Host Cal State Stanislaus is second with 56 points, followed by Cal State L.A. with 52 and UCSD with 33. Cal Poly Pomona tallied 11 points for fifth place, while Humboldt State is sixth with six points.
After winning two out of four events and grabbing a nearly 200-point lead in the heptathlon on Thursday, senior Stephanie LeFever came back to complete the task on Friday, winning her second consecutive CCAA crown in the event. She racked up a total of 5,282 points with victories in the long jump (20'0.5) and javelin (117'8") and a second place finish in the 800 (2:27.96).
She just missed the school record in the long jump -- which she owns at 20'1" -- and her overall point total in the heptathlon was the second-highest figure in program history. The total was also good enough for a NCAA automatic qualifier.
LeFever won a second straight CCAA title in the long jump outright as well, landing at 19'11.75", while teammate Erin Langford made the podium with a third place mark of 18'7".
Redshirt senior Danielle Thu also had a big day for the Tritons, registering an individual victory in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 178'10" and finishing third in the discus at 136'04". She collected a NCAA provisional qualifier with her mark in the former.
Junior transfer Ka Wai Ng had the big highlight for UCSD on the men's side, posting a school-record time of 10.74 in the preliminaries of the 100-meter dash. He finished third behind Giorgio Bryant of Cal State L.A. and Jesse Ooten of Cal State Stanislaus and will run in the finals on Saturday at 3:35 p.m.
Other notable performances came from AB Shaheen, who placed second in the men's hammer throw with a toss of 188'3", and Justin Rovin, who finished third in the pole vault at 14'11.50".
The CCAA Championships will conclude on Saturday, beginning with the men's javelin throw at 11:00 a.m. UCSD will have several individuals competing in the finals of track events after a host of strong performances in the prelims on Friday. Senior Kelly Fogarty will be the top seed in both the 100 and 200, while junior Caitlin Meagher qualified for the finals in both hurdle events.
On the men's side, freshman Eric Vetter made the finals of the 400, junior Dustin Harris advanced in the 800 and junior Keenan Smith will run in both the 110 and 400-meter hurdles.