LA JOLLA, Calif. - UC San Diego had two more individual event winners and placed second in both the men’s and women’s competitions to conclude the 2014 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships Saturday at its own Triton Track & Field Stadium. UCSD previously hosted the meet in 2006 and 2010.
The Triton women scored 188.66 points to finish second for the fifth year in a row behind Chico State (197.66), this time by a mere nine points. Cal State Stanislaus was well back in third (122). The Chico State men eased to their 11th straight conference banner (266), with UCSD achieving its highest placement of second (177.5) since an identical effort in 2010, also at home. The Triton men had three straight third-place finishes since. Cal Poly Pomona was third (125.5) on Saturday.
Junior All-American Nash Howe and Sabrina Pimentel won the javelin (225’4”) and 800 meters (2:10.95), respectively. It was a second successive CCAA crown for Howe, and the sixth straight for a member of that family, as older brother Nick Howe, a two-time national champion for the Tritons, took the top spot in the same event at the conference level in each of his four years in the program from 2009-12.
Howe led a 1-3 podium finish for UCSD with junior newcomer Anthony Capitulo (201’2”), who improved his NCAA provisional. Pimentel crossed the line ahead of junior teammate Lorato Anderson in fourth in a season-best 2:14.76.
Junior Keith Rose was second in both sprints (10.72, 21.30) behind CCAA Track Athlete of the Year Gregory Veals of Cal State L.A. (10.50, 21.04). His time in the 200 broke his own school record for the second time this year and fourth time in his career, down from 21.51 at the Soka Peace Invitational in Aliso Viejo on April 19. The time of 21.30 also gave Rose his first provisional qualifier for the NCAA meet.
Jared Senese, a freshman out of Mt. Carmel High School, made the podium in second in the 800 (1:52.86). Fellow San Diego product Carlos Bojorquez was second in the 1500 (3:55.29). Senior Mario Flores (9:22.33) led a 3-4-5 Triton distance finish in the 3000 steeplechase ahead of personal records by Daniel Franz (9:23.37) and Daniel Hauptman (9:26.12). Franz achieved a pro mark. Tanner Collins was second in the 5000 (14:53.79), with fellow sophomore Tareq Alwafai fifth (15:04.19).
Freshman Markus Woods crossed the line in second in his first conference final of the 400 hurdles, lowering his personal-best pro mark down to 53.27.
For the women, senior All-American Lauren Irish went a lifetime-best 1:01.40 for third in the 400 hurdles, improving her provisional and moving up from No. 5 to No. 4 all-time at UCSD.
Janay Pierce was fourth in the 100 (12.16) and fifth in the 200 (25.13). Lauren Lopez, like Pierce a local product out of Oceanside and Carlsbad High School, made the podium with a third-place performance in the 400. Her time of 56.05 was a lifetime best, and narrowly missed being a pro mark by .05 seconds. She ultimately was chosen by conference coaches as the Female Freshman of the Year. UCSD swept those awards a year ago with Kristin Sato and Sean Cook.
The women’s 4x400 relay went a season-best 3:47.08 for its first NCAA provisional qualifier of the year, though the four participants were not available at press time. Devon Brook, Julia Wildenthaler and Savanna Forry went 2-3-4 in the high jump, each achieving a height of 5’4.25”, as did Kristen Daugherty in sixth.
Chantia Justice (39’7.75”-PR), Sato (38’7.75”), Wildenthaler (season-best 37’10.5”) and Daugherty (36’10.25”) were 2-3-4-5 in the triple jump.
UCSD will send a select few student-athletes to the Occidental Invitational in Los Angeles next Saturday, May 10, as a last-chance qualifier for the 2014 NCAA Division II Championships, to be held May 22-24. Howe is currently the only Triton to have ensured his presence at the three-day meet in Allendale, Mich.
Freshman of the Year: Lauren Lopez, UC San Diego
Newcomer of the Year: Ashley Jones, Chico State
Field Athlete of the Year: Kasey Barnett, Chico State
Track Athlete of the Year: Maya Cabiness, SF State
Coach of the Year: Robert Nooney, Chico State
Freshman of the Year: Abraham Alvarado, Cal State Stanislaus
Newcomer of the Year: Austin Allen, Cal Poly Pomona
Co-Field Athlete of the Year: Josh Uikilifi, Cal State Stanislaus
Co-Field Athlete of the Year: J Patrick Smith, Chico State
Track Athlete of the Year: Gregory Veals, Cal State L.A.
Coach of the Year: Oliver Hanf, Chico State