TURLOCK, Calif. -
UC San Diego seniors Stephanie LeFever
and Kelly Fogarty
both recorded school records on Friday, highlighting the second day of competition at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships at the Al Brenda Track Complex.
Two of the Tritons' biggest stars, LeFever and Fogarty came through with tremendous individual performances to propel the UCSD women to fourth place in the team standings through eight events scored. LeFever's record came in the heptathlon, while Fogarty established a new program standard in the 200-meter dash.
After placing second in the women's long jump final on Thursday, LeFever earned the second spot on the podium once again on Friday with a total of 5,385 points in the heptathlon. She was in third place after the first four events, but finished first in the long jump (19'6.25") and fifth in both the javelin (116'1") and 800 (2:21.85) to move up one spot in the final scoring.
LeFever's total was just 129 points shy of Central Missouri's Lindsay Lettow, who racked up 5,514 points to win the national title in the event. Her score surpassed the program's previous record of 5,333 points, which former standout Linda Rainwater set last season.
LeFever's third and final event of the championships was the triple jump, which also took place on Friday. With fatigue appearing to finally set in, the Aptos, Calif. native finished 13th overall with a mark of 38'8.75".
Following a strong showing in the preliminaries of the 100 on Thursday, Fogarty came back with an even better performance in 200 prelims on Friday, posting the top qualifying time of the day at 23.55. Her time not only broke her school record of 23.56 by the slimmest of margins, but also eclipsed her own stadium record of 23.92 from the CCAA Championships earlier this season.
Fogarty will now compete in the finals of both the 100 and 200, seeking her first career NCAA title. Both events are scheduled for Saturday evening.
The preliminaries of the women's 4x400 relay was the final event for UCSD on the day, with Lauren Irish, Jacqueline Rose, Caitlin Meagher and Deyna Roberson just missing out on qualifying for Saturday's final. The unit finished ninth overall with a time of 3:48.08.
UCSD currently has a total of 21 points in the women's team scoring, just one point behind third place Western State. Grand Valley State is in command with 47.5 points, while Central Missouri is currently second with 24.
In addition to the two sprint events, junior Nick Howe will look to defend his national championship in the men's javelin finals at noon on Saturday, while senior Theresa Richards and sophomore Jessica Miklaski will compete in the women's javelin at 2:30.
For a complete schedule of events, click here. All of Saturday's events will be broadcast live at ncaa.com.