TURLOCK, Calif. -
Following another impressive day of competition, the UC San Diego track and field teams both finished in the top three in the final team standings at the 2011 California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships at Cal State Stanislaus' Al Brenda Track on Saturday.
The Triton women won a total of five events on the final day to finish in second place for the second year in a row, while the men also scored big points and made a late charge to finish in third place.
Chico State was once again the team to beat as the Wildcats swept both the men's and women's competitions for the second consecutive season. The Chico men finished with a total of 237 points en route to the program's eighth consecutive title, while the women tallied 210 points to earn a second straight CCAA crown.
UCSD's women, which saw their run of five consecutive conference titles come to an end with a narrow loss to Chico State in La Jolla last season, finished with 176 points in 21 events this year, coming in just 34 points shy of the champion Wildcats.
The Tritons finished in second place comfortably, maintaining a 60-point advantage over third place Cal State L.A. in the final standings. San Francisco State tallied 99 points to finish fourth, while Cal State Dominguez Hills was fifth with 94 and Cal Poly Pomona was sixth with 60.
"We asked our athletes to step up and they really did that," women's head coach Darcy Ahner said when the final results came down. "The level of competition in the conference is higher than it's ever been and I think we did about everything we could out there."
On the men's side, Cal State L.A. finished second with 143 points, narrowly holding off UCSD, which had 141.5. Cal Poly Pomona was fourth with 135, followed by Cal State Stanislaus and Humboldt State with 97.5 and 59, respectively.
Kelly Fogarty was one of many standouts for the Tritons on Saturday, successfully defending her 2010 CCAA titles in both the 100 and 200. After clocking in at 11.67 in the prelims of the 100 on Friday, she came back with a winning time of 11.65 to beat out four speedsters from Cal State Dominguez Hills in the final.
She had a similar performance in the 200, saving her best run of the weekend for when it mattered most and crossing the finish line in 23.92 to earn her second championship of the day. The senior from Danville, who added to her haul as a member of the second place women's 4x100 relay team with Bailey Weaver, Kathleen Hitchens and Jacqueline Rose, was named the Co-Athlete of the Meet for her efforts.
After taking home conference titles in both the heptathlon and women's long jump on Friday, senior Stephanie LeFever added another individual victory to her impressive resume on Saturday, winning the women's triple jump with a leap of 39'3". Teammate Erin Langford was also an All-CCAA finisher in the event, placing third at 38'7.50"
Deyna Roberson was another star for the Triton women, winning her first-career CCAA title in the 400 hurdles with an excellent time of 61.76. After redshirting in 2010, the local San Diego product picked up the event just this season and clearly found her niche. Lauren Irish finished second in the high hurdles at 62.18.
As she seemingly does every single weekend, senior Theresa Richards recorded another victory in the women's javelin, hurling for a mark of 145'11". Her throw was over three inches better from her first place toss at the conference meet a year ago. Teammate Jessica Miklaski was second in the event with a final throw of 136'1", while LeFever was third at 115'7".
When it was all said and done, Roberson, LeFever, Langford, Miklaski and Irish all set new or improved NCAA marks on the day.
Switching to the men's side, senior Jesse Morrill had the biggest highlight of the day, finishing first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a stellar time of 9:03.19. Racing alone in his heat, the Huntington Beach native still managed to out-pace the rest of the field and earned a NCAA provisional qualifier in the process.
Junior Nick Howe won a third consecutive CCAA Championship in the men's javelin with a throw of 220'2", while also placing second in the high jump after clearing 6'4.25". That last mark is especially impressive considering that the standout thrower just began jumping this season.
After setting a new school record in the preliminaries of the 100 on Friday, junior Ka Wai Ng finished second in his primary event on Saturday, landing at 47'6.25" in the triple jump. He wound up finishing fifth in the 100 at 10.93, which was a shade slower than his prelim time of 10.74.
Junior Tobi Haswell earned All-CCAA accolades in the 400 hurdles with a second place time of 53.82, while UCSD finished 2-3 in the shot put as Zach Nagengast and Ryan Eckert recorded respective marks of 50'1.25" and 48'6.25".
The Tritons will now head to Los Angeles for the Cal State L.A. Invitational next Saturday in their final tune up before the NCAA Division II National Championships, which will also be held at Warrior Stadium in Turlock, May 26-28.