TURLOCK, Calif. - For the third year in a row, the UC San Diego track and field teams closed the book on the 2013 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Track & Field Championships on Saturday with the women finishing in second place and the men taking home third.
Held at Cal State Stanislaus’ own Al Brenda Track at Warrior Stadium, the Tritons showed strength and toughness throughout the conference championships. Collectively, the Triton women scored 150.5 points, four more than the 146.5 points from the 2012 CCAA Championships. UCSD’s tally was 59.5 points fewer than first-place Chico State (210) and 13.25 more than third-place Cal Poly Pomona (137.25). With the championship win, the Wildcats extend their streak of league titles to four, with UCSD settling for second all four of those years.
The UCSD men wrapped up their weekend with 148 points in all, marking an improvement of 33 points from 2012 (115). The Wildcat men won their 10th consecutive conference title with a sum of 210.66 points, fending off second-place CPP’s 159.33 by 51.33.
With a personal best of 221’4”, sophomore Nash Howe not only extended the streak of conference champions in the men’s javelin with the surname Howe to five by winning the men’s javelin throw, but he also earned UCSD’s first NCAA Division II automatic qualifier mark. Older brother Nick Howe was the champion of the event from 2009-12. Redshirt senior Kiley Libuit finished second with a throw measuring 189’1”.
Just a day after breaking former teammate Ka Wai Ng’s school record (10.74) in the men’s 100 with a prelim time of 10.71, sophomore Keith Rose shattered his own record with a winning time of 10.62 in the 100 final. Rose later sprinted in the 200 final, taking third with a time of 21.64 after breaking his own school record in the 200 prelims on Friday (21.57).
In addition, Rose began the third-place 4x400 relay, preceding sophomore Nathaniel Ford, junior David Guinasso and freshman Arvind Rao (3:19.16), and closed the 4x100 relay for the Tritons, succeeding Guinasso, freshman Adam Augustyn and freshman Kevin Chiao (43.69, 5th).
The men claimed four of the eight scoring slots of the 3000 steeplechase. Led by the second-place showing of freshman Daniel Franz with a final time of 9:42.27, the Tritons also placed fourth through sixth on the performances of junior Daniel Hauptman (9:53.59), sophomore Matt Lenehan (9:54.52) and senior Mario Flores (9:57.10) in that order.
Juniors Clint Rosser and Benjamin Berthet both added points in the men’s pole vault. Rosser took third upon clearing a career-best height of 16’2.5”, while moving up three slots to No. 3 on the UCSD all-time list for that event. Berthet settled for sixth surpassing a top height of 15’0.75”.
CCAA Freshman of the Year Sean Cook sprang over the bar while it was at the 6’2.75” mark en route to sixth place in the high jump.
Sophomore Tanner Collins (5000, 15:28.14) earned an eighth-place result for the Tritons. Sophomore Jeffrey Lim had a pair of eighth-place finishes in the 110 hurdles (15.49) and 400 hurdles (56.91), while senior Anthony Heredia match Lim in the 800 (2:02.49) and 1500 (4:04.92).
The women had their most dominating performance in the triple jump, where they swept the podium and then some. Freshman Kristin Sato, who was named CCAA Female Freshman of the Year, outleaped all others with a top jump of 39’5.25”, while sophomore Chantia Justice (38’2.25”), freshman Julia Wildenthaler (37’6.5”) and junior Marya Carter (37’2.5”) secured second, third and fourth place, respectively, for the Tritons. Freshman Ashley Rhorer (35’9.25”, 8th) also figured into UCSD’s score.
On the track, junior Lorato Anderson was the runner-up in the women’s 800 final, ending her race with 2:16.92 showing on the clock. Not far behind Anderson in sixth place, freshman Corinne Hinkle finished with a respectable 2:20.96 for her finishing time. Sophomore Sabrina Pimentel sprinted to second place as well in the 400 (56.11) with sophomore Ellexi Snover just three seconds behind in eighth (59.11).
UCSD’s women additionally had a slew of third-place finishes in all areas of the meet, two of which senior Chelsey Kamson was involved with during a strong day on the track. Kamson departed the starting blocks of the 200 and concluded the race in third with a lifetime-record time of 24.84 to climb to seventh on the Tritons’ all-time top 10 for that event. Following Pimentel, senior Raquel Ormsby and junior Lauren Irish in the 4x400 relay, Kamson ran the final leg and went across the finish line with a season-best time of 3:49.81, the eighth-fastest in school history.
Only a day after completing the heptathlon, sophomore Veronica Bradley had the Tritons’ highest finish in the high jump. Bradley cleared a height of 5’3” for a season best and a share of third place. She received support from Justice and Wildenthaler, who tied for eighth with the bar set at 5’1”.
Finishing back-to-back in the middle of the pack of the 400 hurdles final, Irish (1:03.11) and Ormsby (1:04.70) recorded respective finishes of fourth and fifth place. Going three in a row in the javelin, senior Jessica Miklaski (131’4”, 4th), junior Aletha Vassilakis (125’4”, 5th) and freshman Haley Libuit (124’1”, 6th) were responsible for a significant point surge for the Triton women.
Kamson (12.30) moved to eighth on the top 10 list for the 200, finishing sixth in the final, and Hitchens placed seventh in a season-best showing (12.36). In the 3000 steeplechase, sophomore Anneke Kakebeen battled the obstacles to nab a seventh-place finish (11:57.96) and a couple points for the Tritons. Freshman Marie Diaz (4:48.09) in the 1500 also walked away with seventh place.
The Tritons will travel to Azusa for the Azusa Pacific Last Chance Qualifier on Saturday, beginning with the men’s pole vault, women’s long jump, men’s high jump and men’s javelin throw all at 1 p.m.
2013 CCAA Championships Awards
Male Track Athlete of the Meet: Gregory Veals, Cal State L.A.
Male Field Co-Athlete of the Meet: Dameion Berry-Smith, Cal State L.A.
Male Freshman of the Year: Sean Cook, UC San Diego
Male Newcomer of the Year: Theodore Elsenbaumer, Chico State
Men's Coach of the Year: Oliver Hanf, Chico State
Female Track Athlete of the Meet: Lisa Ohberg, Cal State L.A.
Female Field Athlete of the Meet: Kasey Barnett, Chico State
Female Freshman of the Year: Kristin Sato, UC San Diego
Female Newcomer of the Year: Angela Garcia, Cal Poly Pomona
Women's Coach of the Year: Oliver Hanf, Chico State
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