LA JOLLA, Calif. - UC San Diego placed a best-ever second on the men’s side and seventh on the women’s to wrap up the 2014 Cal-Nevada Championships on Saturday.
UCSD hosted the annual two-day event for the second consecutive year at Triton Track & Field Stadium. This was the 21st running of the Cal-Nevada meet.
The UCSD men accumulated 89 points to complete the 20-event meet behind Long Beach State (164.5) and ahead of 2013 winner Sacramento State (79.5) and other Division I outfits UC Santa Barbara (74) and UC Irvine (68). UCSD’s women totaled 49 points. San Diego State, currently ranked No. 11 in the NCAA Division I, cruised to its fourth straight Cal-Nevada title (178) over Long Beach State (123). The Triton men and women were seventh and 10th, respectively, in 2013.
“The second-place finish by the men’s team rates as a landmark moment in the history of the program,” summed up UCSD men’s head coach Tony Salerno.
“We had an amazing meet across all the event areas,” added Triton women’s head coach Darcy Ahner. “This was truly a team effort by both the men and women, and is yet another indicator of the quality of this young team.”
Sophomore distance runner and San Diego native Carlos Bojorquez won the 1500 meters, while juniors Nash Howe (javelin), Sabrina Pimentel (800) and Keith Rose (100), as well as Jared Senese (400), a freshman out of Mt. Carmel High School, produced second-place finishes.
Bojorquez (San Diego/San Diego Mesa College/Kearny HS), who already achieved his NCAA provisional mark (3:51.44) on his home track last month, went 3:55.18 to win by nearly a second.
Howe’s last and best toss of 214’8” was good enough for second on this day as California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) athletes went 1-4, with William Hilton of Cal State Stanislaus taking top honors at 217’8”. Howe is the defending CCAA champion. Junior teammate Anthony Capitulo was fourth (196’6”). The Tritons’ marks were both NCAA provisional qualifiers, though Howe has already hit an automatic, and Capitulo threw 197’6” in his UCSD debut. Sophomore Travis Vandegriff moved into the No. 8 slot all-time in program history at an even 184’.
Rose sprinted a season-best 10.71 in the 100-meter dash, but got edged out by Men’s Outstanding Track Athlete of the Meet Gregory Veals of CCAA rival Cal State L.A. (10.63). Both competitors also ran in the final of the 200 meters, with Rose fourth in a season-best 21.67 and Veals completing his double in 21.23.
Pimentel (2:12.75) and Senese (1:51.62) got out in front in their respective women’s and men’s 800-meter races, but got pushed back to second eventually by SDSU’s Dynasty Gammage (2:11.47) and Sacramento State’s Nathanael Litwiller (1:51.10). Both Tritons had provisional-improving season-best times, with Senese jumping up from No. 8 to No. 5 in program history.
Senior All-American Lauren Irish was eighth in the final of the 400 hurdles (1:02.75). Other track finalists from Friday’s action were freshman Lauren Lopez (400, 8th, 58.04), Janay Pierce (100, 7th, 12.13).
The women’s 4x100 relay of Amy Heins, Erica Anunwah, Ellexi Snover and Pierce sped 47.59 for fourth. The 4x400 relay of Pimentel and freshman Marisa Padilla, Jackie Chalmers and Lopez went a season-best 3:50.41 for sixth.
In the men’s relays, the Triton 4x100 foursome of Emmanuel Elijah, David Guinasso, Derek Van de Streek and Rose went a season-best 42.06, for fifth, with Rose blowing away the close competition of the first of two timed finals in his anchor leg. The meet’s final race saw Guinasso, Senese, Sam Ozenbaugh and Van de Streek go a season-best 3:17.94 for seventh in the 4x400.
Anneke Kakebeen broke her own school record by over four seconds in the 3000 steeplechase at 11:14.13, an NCAA provisional mark for the eighth-place junior. In the men’s race, senior Mario Flores lowered his provisional to 9:21.98 for fourth.
Dan Golubovic matched his season best toward attaining sixth-place points in the high jump (6’4.75”), with Kyle Chiu turning in a season-best 6’0.75”. Clint Rosser was seventh in the pole vault (15’5”), while fellow senior Eva Isaacs earned one pont for her ninth-place effort in the shot put (season-best 41’7.25”). Chantia Justice narrowly missed a top-nine point-scoring spot in the women’s triple jump, finishing 10th (37’7.75”) while teammates Ashley Rhorer (36’7.75”) and Julia Wildenthaler (36’2”) achieved season bests.
In the distance events, Marie Diaz (1500, 4:47.70), Chanan Batra (1500, 4:02.38), Daniel Franz (3000 steeple, 9:30.12), Daniel Hauptman (3000 steeple, 9:45.04) and Charles Morgan (3000 steeple, 10:00.14) ran season bests.
Sophomore Randy Copeman capped his stellar weekend by jumping a personal-record 45’10” for eighth in the triple jump, ninth all-time at UCSD.
Long Beach State’s Jacob Fraser, like Veals a junior, was named the Men’s Outstanding Field Athlete of the Meet, while his coach, Andy Sythe, was chosen as the Men’s Coach of the Meet. San Diego State swept the honors on the women’s side, going to Allison Reaser (track), Jasmine Burrell (field) and Shelia Burrell. The awards were the second straight for Reaser and Shelia Burrell.
The UCSD track and field squads head into a split-venue week, with a portion of student-athletes off to the desert for the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz., April 11-12, and another segment traveling more locally to Claremont for the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on April 12.