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Paul Doan earned an NCAA provisional qualifying mark in the 200 meters with a new personal record.

UC San Diego Men Earn California Collegiate Open Team Victory at Home; Women Second


LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego track and field teams showed well as hosts of the California Collegiate Open at Triton Track and Field Stadium Saturday. The men finished in first place with 163.5 points as Division I Wisconsin and California Collegiate Athletic Association rival Cal Poly Pomona finished second and third, respectively. On the women's side, UC San Diego took second with 118 points behind first-place Wisconsin.

Freshman Riley Sasaki, senior Justin Hunter, sophomore Adam Winding and senior Paul Doan (San Diego/St. Augustine HS) won the 4x100 relay in a program-record and NCAA provisional qualifying time of 40.73. The previous school standard was 40.91 seconds from the 2016 season, with Hunter handling the second leg and Doan the anchor on that day as well.

Individually, Doan took first in the 200-meter dash with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 21.38, achieving a new personal best which is still No. 2 all-time at UC San Diego. Fellow senior Cole Mears improved on his personal record as well, with a provisional qualifying mark of 194'0" in javelin, good for eighth all-time.

There were three more provisional qualifying marks Saturday, including senior Josef Polk,who took second in the 400 hurdles with a time of 53.07. Natalie Caraway finished second in the high jump with a 5'6" mark and fellow junior Esther Nofodji was seventh in the discus with a 152'3" mark.

Freshman Elijah Horowitz ran 3:59.57 in the 1500 to win the event.

Three Tritons owned the top three spots in the 100 meters as Doan took first (10.65), Hunter second (10.95) and Sasaki third (10.97).

Senior Meghan Fletcher won the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:01.22. Sophomore Julian Romero finished first in the 10000 in 32:12.80.

Redshirt junior Matt Bowen used a 23'10.75" mark in the long jump to win the event.

"We had a great day across the board," said UC San Diego men's head coach Tony Salerno. "Once again, our people really stepped up against some high-level D-I competition. Any day you can walk away from a meet with a team win and this many national qualifying marks, is a good one"

UC San Diego will return to action at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational in Claremont on Saturday, April 7.


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