TURLOCK, Calif. - After reaching the top of the mountain as a sophomore in 2010, UC San Diego's Nick Howe knew that he wouldn't be satisfied with anything less than the same result this season.
Fortunately, that result was in the cards on Saturday, as the standout thrower won his second consecutive national title in the men's javelin on the final day of the NCAA Divison II Track and Field Championships at the Al Brenda Track Complex in Turlock.
Howe was a man among boys on Saturday, winning the event with a mark of 231'3" on his first throw of the day. His toss, which was nearly six feet further than the second place competitor, set a new school record in the event, easily eclipsing his winning mark of 225' from a year ago.
"His performance was really quite impressive," men's head coach Tony Salerno said. "Nick completely dominated the competition. The rest of the field was competing for second place after his first throw."
Saturday's performance adds to an impressive resume for Howe, an athlete who had already etched his name cleanly in the UCSD record books. The Aptos, Calif. native became the first Triton to win a NCAA Championship at the D-II level on the men's side with his victory in Charlotte in 2010 and with his second crown, he becomes the first person to win back-to-back titles for UCSD since James Nielsen accomplished the feat in the 5,000 meters in 1999 and 2000.
"I knew the competition was tight and I needed to come out and take control with my first throw and I did that," Howe said. "I wanna thank the ones I love that made this posible: God, my coach Tony and my family. They are the best support network in the world."
While Howe was definitely the headliner on Saturday, there were a hand full of other great results for UCSD on the day, as Kelly Fogarty and Jessica Miklaski both earned All-American accolades with their performances as well.
Fogarty, who became the Tritons' first All-American sprinter with strong showings in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes last season, accomplished the feat again on Saturday. She finished fourth in the 100 with a time of 11.58 and came back to post a third place time of 23.55 in the 200 an hour later. Fogarty's effort in the latter event tied her school record time from Friday's prelims.
Miklaski, a sophomore, had a big day as well, placing sixth overall in the women's javelin to claim All-American honors in her first nationals appearance. Seeded 17th in the event, Miklaski uncorked a throw of 143'2", which was considerably further than her previous best of 136'11".
Teammate Theresa Richards was also part of the javelin field and finished 13th overall with a mark of 130'4".
When it was all said and done, the Tritons finished fifth overall in the women's competition after amassing a total of 35 points over the three-day event. Grand Valley State ran away with the team title with 82.50 points, followed by Lincoln (Mo.) with 68, Adams State with 51 and Johnson C. Smith University with 36.
Howe's title was worth 10 points, a figure that put UCSD in 28th place on the men's side.