A total of nine women and two men will represent UC San Diego at the 2011 NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships as the final participant lists were released on Tuesday. The championships will be held May 26-28 at the Al Brenda Track Complex on the campus of Cal State Stanislaus in Turlock.
The select group of Tritons qualified for nationals by reaching the automatic and provisional standards established for each event. UCSD will have representatives in a combined 11 events during the championships.
After claiming Field Athlete of the Meet honors at the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championships in Turlock earlier this month, senior Stephanie LeFever will represent the Tritons in a total of three events at the national level. The Aptos, Calif. native will take part in the long jump, triple jump and heptathlon.
LeFever is the second seed in the heptathlon after scoring a total of 5,282 points en route to a CCAA title two weeks ago. She is seeded third in the long jump with a school-record mark of 20'1", while her mark of 39'3" ranks 17th in the triple jump.
Senior Kelly Fogarty will potentially compete in three events as well, as she qualified in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, as well as the 4x400 relay. She set the school record in both sprint events at the Cal/Nevada Collegiate Championships in March, clocking in at 11.52 in the 100 and 23.56 in the 200. She is seeded third and fourth in the two events, respectively.
Joining Fogarty in the 4x400 will be Lauren Irish, Jacqueline Rose, Caitlin Meagher and Deyna Roberson, with Irish, Rose, Meagher and Roberson likely to run in the prelims in Turlock. UCSD earned a No. 9 seed in the event after Irish, Rose, Meagher and Fogarty posted a time of 3:45.99 at the Sun Angel Track and Field Classic in Tempe, Ariz. in April.
Meagher will also compete in the 400 hurdles after her time of 1:01.2 was good enough for the 17th and final seed in the event.
Danielle Thu will be looking to capture her second career NCAA Championship in the women's hammer throw after winning the event with a school-record toss of 198'8" in 2009. A redshirt senior this season, she is seeded second with a mark of 197'1".
Theresa Richards and Jessica Miklaski will also be making the trip and both will compete in the women's javelin. Richards is the seventh seed with a mark of 145'11", while Miklaski is ranked 17th at 136'1".
On the men's side, junior Nick Howe will look to defend his national title in the javelin after capturing the top spot on the podium with a toss of 225' in Charlotte, N.C. in 2010. He enters this year's competition as the third seed after uncorking a throw of 222'2" at the Cal/Nevada Championships.
Senior Jesse Morrill will also represent the Triton men in Turlock, competing in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The Huntington Beach, Calif. native is seeded 13th after winning a CCAA Championship with a time of 9:03.19 earlier this month.
The NCAA National Championships will be streamed live on NCAA.com each day and highlights will be shown on CBS HD at 1:00 p.m. PT Sunday, June 19, with all broadcast air dates, times and networks are subject to change. The seasonal show features highlights of 18 different NCAA championships that took place during the spring.