Photo by: Nick Feller/UCSD Athletics
Jessica Miklaski, a 2011 All-American, will be making her third and final NCAA Championships appearance this week in Pueblo.
Four Men, Three Women to Compete at NCAA Championships This Weekend
Release: Tuesday 05/21/2013 

Meet No. 16
NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Thursday, May 23, 2013 • 9:30 a.m.
Friday, May 24, 2013 • 9 a.m.
Saturday, May 25, 2013 • 11:15 a.m.
Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl • Pueblo, Colo.
NOTE: All times are PDT.

After competing in 15 meets over the course of four months, seven members of the UC San Diego track and field team have earned the opportunity to compete at the 2013 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday through Saturday, May 23-25. Hosted by Colorado State University-Pueblo, the three-day meet will take place at Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl in Pueblo, Colo.

UCSD’s participation in the NCAA Championships will begin with senior A.B. Shaheen in the men’s hammer throw at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Freshman Kristin Sato will travel down the runway of the triple jump on Friday at 4:15 p.m., while sophomore Sabrina Pimentel will be on the track that day competing in the women’s 800 prelims, which are scheduled to kick off at 5 p.m.

Saturday will feature a busy slate for UCSD. A pair of Tritons, sophomore Nash Howe and fifth-year senior Kiley Libuit, will commence the final day of competition in the men’s javelin throw at 11:15 a.m. Later on in the men’s pole vault, junior Clint Rosser will take on his opponents at 1:30 p.m. In the very next event at 1:50 p.m., senior Jessica Miklaski will contend in the women’s javelin for the third straight year at this meet. Pending a top-nine finish in the prelims, Pimentel will cap off UCSD’s crop of competitions with the 800 finals, which are scheduled for 5:55 p.m.

Results for the 2013 NCAA Championships will be available here.

At the 2012 NCAA Championships, Pimentel led off the Tritons in the 4x400 relay, in a team that included junior Lauren Irish and then-seniors Deyna Roberson and Jacqueline Rose, respectively. The group set a UCSD record in the prelims, crossing the finish line in 3:42.17 to take third prior to a seventh-place showing in the finals (3:45.17) to earn All-American status by virtue of their top-eight result.

Miklaski, who made her second trip to the NCAA Championships last season, finished 10th overall, seven slots higher than her No. 17 seed after launching a throw that traveled 142’4”. During her debut at the 2011 NCAA Championships, Miklaski was also seeded 17th but finished 11 slots higher in sixth with a throw measuring a then-personal-best of 143'2" to acquire All-American designation.

As UCSD’s sole automatic qualifier this season, Howe comes into the NCAA Championships seeded fifth in the javelin. His top mark of 221’4” this season, which occurred at the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Track & Field Championships on May 4 in Turlock, ranks second all-time in program history.

Securing the final slot in his last season with UCSD, Libuit will be alongside Howe in the javelin. Libuit will arrive with a season-best of 198’4”, which he recorded during a ninth-place showing at the Triton Invitational on April 27. The Los Altos Hills native has a career-best of 199’11”, which he earned at the 2012 Cal-Nevada Championships to finish in fifth place.

Among the four who competed in last year’s NCAA Championships and returning this year are Alaska Anchorage sophomore Cody Parker, who finished third last year (232’5”) and comes into the meet with the best mark in the country (234'4"). Also returning this year are East Stroudsburg senior Matt Tholis (213’7”, 7th at 2012 NCAA Championships), Shippensburg sophomore Derek Nothstein (202’6”, 12th) and Southern Connecticut State junior Omar Gonzalez (205’3”, 10th), who are seeded third (226’5”), sixth (214’5”) and eighth (210’10”) this season, respectively.

Shaheen reached the NCAA Championships with the 16th-best mark in the hammer throw this season, which he earned at the Soka Peace Invitational with a winning launch of 191’8” on April 19. Ranking third among Tritons all-time, Shaheen will face five of the competitors from the 2012 NCAA Championships. Of those five, three were All-Americans, including Abilene Christian senior Baptiste Kerjean (210’9”, 3rd), Findlay senior Derrick Vicars (206’11”, 6th) and Ashland senior Garrett Grey (203’2”, 8th). Grey (225’5”), Kerjean (218’0”) and Vicars (203’1”) come into the NCAA Championships seeded first, second and fifth, respectively.

Rosser made the NCAA Championships by clearing a height of 16’3.5” on May 11 to win the pole vault at the Azusa Pacific Last Chance Qualifier. The Westchester native will face seven of last year’s 16 competitors, six of which were All-Americans. Rosser will take on Slippery Rock senior Cameron Daugherty (16’10.75”, 1st), Grand Canyon seniors Vince Frawley (16’6.75”, 2nd) and Eric Frawley (15’11”, T7th), Grand Valley State sophomore Bret Myers (16’2.75”, 3rd), Minnesota State senior Dan Novak (16’2.75”, 5th) and Pittsburg State sophomore Jeff Piepenbrink (15’11”, T7th). Vince Frawley will come into the meet seeded second (17’2.75”), Daugherty will be seeded fourth (17’0.25”), Myers will arrive seeded seventh (16’9.25”), Novak will begin seeded in a tie for eighth (16’8.75”), Piepenbrink will represent the 10th seed (16’8”) and Eric Frawley will be seeded 11th (16’7.25”). Freshman Jordan Yamoah of Texas A&M-Kingsville will be the No. 1 seed in the pole vault (17’5”). Although Rosser rounded out this year’s crop of opponents at the NCAA Championships, his marks are trending upward, hitting personal bests in back-to-back meets.

Pimentel’s best 800 this season occurred at the 27th Annual Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on April 13 with a personal-best time of 2:10.90 in a second-place showing. The time is the second-fastest all-time among Tritons. Hailing from Westminster, Pimentel will be seeded 13th in the 800 at the NCAA Championships and will face four runners from the 2012 field, including three All-Americans in sophomore Jaylen Rodgers of Angelo State (2:11.60, 2nd), senior Ayesha Rumble of ACU (2:12.65, 4th) and senior Twishana Williams of Lincoln (Mo.) (2:15.03, 7th). They come into the 800 prelims with respective seeds of No. 2 (2:07.56), No. 15 (2:11.08) and No. 18 (2:11.26), while senior Helen Crofts of Simon Fraser will lead the group as the top seed with a time of 2:04.53.

In her final go-around at the NCAA Championships, Miklaski will begin the javelin competition as the No. 16 seed, up one slot from 17th in 2012. Miklaski had her longest throw as well as one of UCSD’s earliest provisional qualifying marks this season with a reading of 143’4” at the 17th Annual Rossi Relays in Claremont, where she won the event on Feb. 23. An alumna of Westview High School, Miklaski sits at fourth on the Tritons’ all-time top 10 for that specialty. Despite finishing seven slots higher than her original seeding in 2012 and eclipsing her top mark at the 2012 NCAA Championships, Miklaski will face no less than 10 of her rivals from last season’s meet, which include four All-Americans who finished second through fifth. Fort Hays State junior Mckayla McPhail, the reigning national runner-up (160’9”), will be the top seed with a nation-best throw of 157’10”. Senior Amanda Schumaker of Western Oregon (158’5”, 3rd) and junior Mary Riley of Central Missouri (158’5”, 4th) return with respective seeds of No. 3 (154’9”) and No. 4 (152’3”). Meanwhile, Seton Hill sophomore Mallory Sanner (157’9”, 5th) will be seeded at No. 12 entering this year’s NCAA Championships (144’11”).

With a selection in the 25th hour, Sato was the final addition to the NCAA Championships for the Tritons this year. A native of Milpitas, Sato led UCSD in the triple jump with her leap of 39’6” on March 30 at the Cal-Nevada Championships to finish fourth overall. The mark, which ranks third on UCSD’s all-time top 10 list in that concentration, was good enough for the 22nd and final slot of the meet. Four All-Americans among five of last year’s returners will contend with Sato in the triple jump. ASU junior Kearah Danville (43’7”) will aim to be national champion for a second straight year after winning the event in 2012 with a jump measuring 43’3.75”. ACU senior Amanda Ouedraogo, who was last year’s runner-up with a leap of 42’8.25”, comes into the meet seeded second (43’6”). GCU seniors Amber Yingling and Jessica Yates, who finished fourth (41’8”) and seventh (40’7”), respectively, at the 2012 NCAA Championships, will enter the runway of this year’s meet seeded in fifth (41’6.5”) and sixth (41’1”).

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