LOS ANGELES -
With the first full day of the 2012 California Collegiate Athletic Association Track and Field Championships in the books, UC San Diego student-athletes have already produced several highlight performances to this point. The Triton women are currently in third place in the team standings, while UCSD is fifth on the men's side.
Competing at Jesse Owens Track on the campus of Cal State L.A., the Triton women scored a total of 28 points in five events and currently trail second place Chico State by 15 points heading into the final day of competition on Saturday. Host Cal State L.A. is currently in first place with 52 points.
Cal State Stanislaus (22), Humboldt State (19), Cal Poly Pomona (16) and San Francisco State (15) are fourth through seventh.
Chico State is leading the way in the men's competition with a total of 79.50 points through two days of competition. Cal State Stanislaus is second with 70 points, followed by CSULA in third with 47, Cal Poly Pomona in fourth with 33 and UCSD in fifth with 25. The Tritons have a seven-point cushion over sixth place Humboldt State.
Senior Shana Emile had a strong showing in the women's hammer throw, finishing second overall with a big throw of 160'3". She finished behind only Cal State Stanislaus' Katie Busi (167'2") and easily set a new personal record in the event. Her toss also ranks No. 7 all-time at UCSD.
Sophomore Chia Chang also nabbed a second place finish in the women's 10,000-meters with a final time of 37:02.15. Her performance was good enough for a new a personal best and goes down as the third-fastest time in program history. Chico State's Jessica Varela posted the top time at 37:00.87.
Freshman Veronica Bradley also earned a spot on the podium, placing third in the women's long jump with a leap of 18'4.5". Emile, Chang and Bradley each earned a spot on the All-CCAA team by virtue of their performances.
Junior Ryan Eckert had the top performance for UCSD on the men's side, finishing second in the shot put with a toss of 51'3". Senior Jeffrey Head placed third in the long jump at 23'4.5".
Junior Zachary Nagengast took home seventh place in the men's hammer throw with a mark of 166'6", while sophomore Benjamin Berthet cleared 14'10.25" to finish seventh in the pole vault. Jeremy Riley and John Svet finished seventh and eighth in the 10,000 with respective times of 32:31.76 and 32:33.26.
Senior Nick DeBeaubien finished strong in the decathlon, placing fifth overall with a total of 6,046 points. Sitting in ninth place through the first five events on Thursday, DeBeaubien finished first in the discus (125'11"), second in the 110-meter hurdles (16.05), third in the pole vault (13'3.5"), fourth in the javelin (145'4") and seventh in the 1500 (5:04.01) to move up four spots in the final event standings.
The CCAA Championships will conclude on Saturday, beginning with the men's discus at 9:30 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 Caitlin Meagher had the top time in the 100-meter hurdles at 14.16, while Jacqueline Rose will be the No. 2 seed in both the 100 and 400 after posting prelim times of 11.96 and 55.46, respectively.
On the men's side, senior Dustin Harris qualified in the 800 (1:54.56), while Keith Rose will be competing in the finals of the 100 (10.78) and 200 (21.73), Eric Vetter will take part in the 400 (49.85) and Jake Herbold made the cut in the 400-meter hurdles (55.98).