The 2017 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Track & Field Championships will be held at University Stadium on the campus of Chico State this Thursday through Saturday, May 4-6. Head coaches Tony Salerno and Darcy Ahner have traveled squads of 32 student-athletes in both men's and women's divisions, to compete in 21 events each.
Senior Taylor Eljenholm and freshman Chelsea Challacombe get the action for UCSD underway in the heptathlon on Thursday, May 4, with the 100-meter hurdles at 11 a.m. That first day only features the multi-events, and the Triton men do not have a decathlon entrant. The duo starts day two on Friday with the long jump at 10:00 a.m. The first field event will be the women's hammer at 12 p.m., and the prelims of the women's 4x100 relay will kick off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday's first field event will be the men's discus at 10 a.m., and the first track event will be the women's 4x100 final at 12:30 p.m.
Live streaming video is available for free in Chico this week courtesy of Chico State Athletics. Live results will be provided for the CCAA Championships through the Finished Results app. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Click here for the live scoreboard.
Thursday's multis-only action is free to the public. General admission tickets on Friday and Saturday are $10, while tickets for seniors (65-up), students (with ID) and children (7-under) are $5 each.
CONFERENCE TITLE DEFENDER
With junior Matt Bowen, the 2016 double champion in the long jump and triple jump, redshirting, that leaves senior Savanna Forry as the only Triton vying to defend an individual conference crown from last year, seeded second in the high jump (5'8.75") on Saturday at 3 p.m. Luis Carson (Chula Vista/Bonita Vista HS) won the high jump as a true freshman in 2015.
TOP TRITON SEEDS
Fifth-year senior Chrissi Carr is the favorite to win her first CCAA championship in the pole vault Friday at 5:30 p.m. after placing eighth, third and second over the past three years. Remaining top seeds for UCSD are all on the men's side in the 4x100 relay (Andrew Dirks, Emmanuel Elijah, Justin Hunter, Paul Doan), Jared Senese (400), Doan (100 and 200), Josef Polk (400 hurdles), Chris Vanliew (discus), Khalil Flemister (triple jump) and Brett Molster (high jump).
For the last eight years, a UCSD thrower has held the CCAA men's javelin title, thanks to Nick Howe (2009-12), brother Nash Howe (2013-15) and Dan Golubovic (2016). Junior transfer Cole Mears faces the tall task of continuing that tradition on Friday night at 6:30 p.m., as the only Triton participant and ninth seed.
THE 2016 CCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Both the UC San Diego men's and women's track and field teams finished second at the 2016 CCAA Championships in Los Angeles. The men tallied 190 points, while Chico State scored 246 to reclaim the title. The Wildcat men have won 12 out of the last 13 conference titles, with the Tritons the only ones to break the monopoly, winning in 2015. Stanislaus State (144), Cal Poly Pomona (88), Cal State LA (66), Humboldt State (61) and Cal State East Bay (20) rounded out the rest of the teams.
The UCSD women scored 137.66 points to also come in second. The Chico State women took first for the seventh straight year with 190 points. Stanislaus State (127), SF State (106), Humboldt State (86.33), Cal Poly Pomona (71), Cal State LA (59), Cal State San Bernardino (22), Cal State Dominguez Hills (9), Cal State Monterey Bay (5) and Cal State East Bay (4) followed the Tritons.
THE ROAD TO TAMPA
Senior Chrissi Carr became the first Triton to officially book her ticket to the 2017 NCAA Division II Championships in Tampa, Fla., in late May, with her automatic qualifier in the pole vault at the All-UC Challenge on March 4. Several of her teammates have nabbed provisional qualifying marks. They are:
Chrissi Carr (Pole Vault)
Merin Arft (3000 Steeplechase)
Chelsea Challacombe (High Jump)
Claudia Cox (400 Hurdles)
Paul Doan (100 Meters, 200 Meters)
Khalil Flemister (Triple Jump)
Savanna Forry (High Jump)
Carly Heffernan (Pole Vault)
Brett Molster (High Jump)
Arik Nesbit (Triple Jump)
Josef Polk (400 Hurdles)
Tim Schmidt (Pole Vault)
Esther Nofodji (Discus)
Ella Verhees (800 Meters)
Natalie Caraway (Triple Jump)
UCSD SCHOOL RECORDS FALL
Senior Chrissi Carr and juniors Paul Doan and Merin Arft have set new school records so far in the 2017 season. Carr broke her own standard in the pole vault with a mark of 13'1.5" at the All-UC Challenge on March 3. She bettered her previous mark set in 2016 of 12'6.25". Doan set a new record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.60 at the Ross & Sharon Irwin Collegiate Scoring Meet on March 18. He lowered his own mark three weeks later at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on April 8 with a time of 10.53. Arft set a new school record in the 3000 steeplechase at the California Collegiate Invitational on April 1. Her time of 10:57.34 is the fastest in school history and also an NCAA provisional mark.
DOAN NAMED CCAA TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Junior Paul Doan was named the CCAA Men's Track Athlete of the Week for the week of April 3-9. At the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, the San Diego native broke his own school record in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.53, lowering his previous standard of 10.60 set at the Ross & Sharon Irwin Collegiate Scoring Meet on March 18. His record-setting time is an NCAA provisional mark and the top time in the CCAA this season. He was the fastest collegian in the event, placing second overall. In the 200 meters, Doan again finished as the fastest collegian, placing third overall with a time of 21.53. He also anchored the 4x100 relay that crossed the line first with the second-fastest time in school history (41.20).
COX AND FORRY SWEEP CCAA WEEKLY HONORS
Claudia Cox and Savanna Forry were named CCAA Women's Track and Field Athletes of the Week, respectively, for the week of Feb. 21-27. In UC San Diego's first meet of the season, Forry and Cox collected three individual first-place finishes between them, helping the Tritons win the Mangrum Invitational with 77 points.
The UCSD men and women are currently not rated in the top 25. The men started off the season ranked as high as third in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national computer rankings, with the women seventh. For full rankings, click here.
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For most Tritons, the CCAA Championships mark the end of the season. Select few will travel to Santa Barbara for Westmont's All On the Line Qualifier on Saturday, May 13, for one more chance to improve or grab NCAA qualifying marks. The NCAA field will be announced on Tuesday, May 16.