The 2018 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Track & Field Championships will be held at Al Brenda Track at Warrior Stadium on the campus of Stanislaus State this Thursday through Saturday, May 3-5.
Sophomore Chelsea Challacombe gets it started for UC San Diego in the heptathlon (100-meter hurdles) at 11 a.m. on Thursday, with the men's hammer featuring seniors Mason Falahat and Joshua Makieve set to begin at 3:30 p.m. The heptathlon continues on Friday morning with the long jump at 11 a.m. There are finals in five field events starting at 1:30 p.m. with the women's shot put, while track events begin at 4 p.m. with preliminaries of the women's 4x100 relay. Finals of the 10000 meters are that night at 8 p.m. Saturday's action starts with field events at 11 a.m. The women's 3000 steeplechase leads off a full track program, all finals, at 1:30 p.m.
General admission tickets are $10, while tickets for seniors (65-up), students (with ID) and children (7-under) are $5 each. Gates open at 8 a.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
CONFERENCE TITLE DEFENDER
The Tritons look to repeat in the 4x100-meter relay, as last year's squad of Andrew Dirks, Emmanuel Elijah, Justin Hunter and Paul Doan came from behind to place first overall with a time of 41.48-seconds. This season, UC San Diego's 4x100 relay consists of freshman Riley Sasaki, Hunter, sophomore Adam Winding and Doan. Matt Bowen swept the long jump and triple jump as a sophomore in 2016 before redshirting last season. Luis Carson won the high jump as a freshman in 2015.
TOP TRITON SEEDS
Senior Paul Doan is the favorite to win the 100 and 200, while senior Meghan Fletcher is the top seed in the 400 hurdles. In addition UC San Diego's 4x100 quartet of Riley Sasaki, Justin Hunter, Adam Winding and Doan is the No. 1 seed. Redshirt junior Matt Bowen in both the long jump and triple jump, junior Natalie Caraway in the triple jump, sophomore Josef Polk in the 400, and senior Cole Mears in the javelin, are other top-seeded Tritons this weekend.
For eight of the last nine years, a UC San Diego thrower has held the CCAA men's javelin title, thanks to Nick Howe (2009-12), brother Nash Howe (2013-15) and Dan Golubovic (2016). Senior Cole Mears placed fourth in last season's conference championships, but returns as the top seed in 2018.
THE 2017 CCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
The UC San Diego men's track and field team finished second at the 2017 CCAA Championships in Chico, while the women's team took fourth overall. The men tallied 193 points to finish just behind Chico State scored 242.5 points to win the CCAA title for the second straight season. The Wildcat men have won 13 out of the last 14 conference championships, with the Tritons winning in 2015. Cal Poly Pomona (143.5), Stanislaus State (119), Humboldt State (64), Cal State LA (44) and Cal State East Bay (9) rounded out the rest of the field.
The UC San Diego women scored 107.5 points to take fourth place, as Chico State won for the ninth consecutive year with 198.5 points. San Francisco State claimed second with 153 points and Humboldt State (138) was third. Cal Poly Pomona (66.5), Stanislaus State (59.5), Cal State LA (53), Cal State Dominguez Hills (22), Cal State San Bernardino (17) and Cal State East Bay (3) rounded out spots five through 10, respectively.
THE ROAD TO CHARLOTTE
Redshirt junior Matt Bowen is the lone UC San Diego automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championships in the triple jump with a leap of 51'2.75", while several Tritons have nabbed provisional qualifying marks for the 2018 NCAA Championships May 24-26 in Charlotte, N.C., including:
Senior Paul Doan (100, 200)
Freshman Evan Shimasaki (pole vault)
Men's 4x100 relay (Riley Sasaki, Justin Hunter, Adam Winding, Paul Doan)
Senior Cole Mears (javelin)
Sophomore Josef Polk (400 hurdles)
Junior Matt Bowen (long jump, triple jump)
Junior Nicholas Rack (110 hurdles)
Senior Meghan Fletcher (400 hurdles)
Junior Natalie Caraway (high jump, triple jump)
Junior Esther Nofodji (discus)
Sophomore Chelsea Challacombe (heptathlon)
Senior Kristin Semancsin (1500)
Sophomore Camille Perkins (3000 steeplechase)
Senior Luis Carson (high jump)
Junior Joseph Benrubi (3000 steeplechase)
Senior Nick Famolaro (800)
Sophomore Adam Winding (200)
Senior Skylar Thiel (10000)
Redshirt junior Tais Marinho-Gomez (triple jump)
UC SAN DIEGO SCHOOL RECORDS FALL
Senior Paul Doan set a new record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.10 at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on April 7, after already breaking his own school record in the 100 (10.52) at the Collegiate All Comers Meet in Claremont on Feb. 17. In addition, the Tritons' 4x100 relay of Doan as the anchor, freshman Riley Sasaki, senior Justin Hunter and sophomore Adam Winding set a new UC San Diego record with a time of 40.73 at the California Collegiate Open on March 31.
BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETICS
On Nov. 27, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons will begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020. They will play a full Big West schedule that season and will be eligible for NCAA Championships in men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and fencing. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I championships. Read the full press release here.
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Following this weekend's CCAA Championships, the Tritons turn their attention to their Last Chance Qualifier on Saturday, May 12, before the NCAA Championships May 24-26 in Charlotte, N.C. The list of qualifiers will be released on NCAA.com on Tuesday, May 15, at 3 p.m. PT.