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Senior Nick Famolaro, junior Claudia Cox and sophomore Blake Walkowiak have been named CCAA Track and Field Athletes of the Week.

Famolaro, Cox, Walkowiak Bring Home Weekly CCAA Track and Field Honors

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LA JOLLA, Calif. — University of California San Diego track and field junior Claudia Cox, senior Nick Famolaro and sophomore Blake Walkowiak have each earned California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) weekly honors, the conference announced on Tuesday.

The three honorees increase the Tritons’ total to 15 weekly conference accolades this season, with eight for the women’s team and seven for the men. 

Walkowiak was among the biggest highlights for the Tritons at last weekend’s Sun Angel Classic hosted by Arizona State, as the sophomore placed first overall in the discus with an NCAA provisional-qualifying mark of 171-feet, 6-inches (52.27-meters). 

The toss ranks second all-time in program history and has a strong chance of clinching a trip to the NCAA Championships next month in Kingsville, Texas. A native of Saugus, Calif., Walkowiak defeated competition from BYU, Northern Arizona, Wyoming and Oregon.

Cox earned her third-consecutive CCAA Track Runner of the Week award after posting a provisional-qualifying time in the 400 hurdles. The junior from Greenville, N.C., placed fourth overall after crossing the finish line in 59.59-seconds, which is just .41 seconds off her personal record set earlier this season.

Famolaro earned his first-career CCAA weekly honor after setting a new personal record in the 800 with a provisional-qualifying time of 1:51.74. The senior San Diego native’s mark ranks ninth all-time in program history.

UC San Diego is back in action this weekend, as it hosts the prestigious 2019 Triton Invitational April 12-13 at Triton Track and Field Stadium.

Women's CCAA Track and Field Athletes of the Week
Feb. 11-17 Claudia Cox, UC San Diego; Victoria Soto, Cal State San Bernardino
Feb. 18-24 Valexsia Droughn, Cal State LA; Breanna Lowther, Stanislaus State
Feb. 25-March 3 Claudia Cox, UC San Diego; Petrice Beattie, Stanislaus State
March 4-10 Angelina Ronquillo, Cal State East Bay; Natalie Caraway, UC San Diego
March 11-17 Nicole Anthony, Chico State; Gabby Eshiet, UC San Diego
March 18-24 Claudia Cox, UC San Diego; Courtney Massengale, San Francisco State
March 25-31 Claudia Cox, UC San Diego; Esther Nofodji, UC San Diego
April 1-7 Claudia Cox, UC San Diego; Lily Bankas, Humboldt State

Men's CCAA Track and Field Athletes of the Week
Feb. 11-17 Nicholas Rack, UC San Diego; Aria Sadeghi, UC San Diego
Feb. 18-24 Josef Polk, UC San Diego; Eric Bejaran, Stanislaus State
Feb. 25-March 3 Nicholas Rack, UC San Diego; Tyler Arroyo, Chico State
March 4-10 Ruben Dominguez, Cal Poly Pomona; Ndoto Strong, Cal State San Marcos
March 11-17 Jack Johnson, Chico State; Matt Bowen, UC San Diego
March 18-24 Shingirai Hlanguyo, Cal State LA; Isaiah Roybal, Chico State
March 25-31 Ruben Dominguez, Cal Poly Pomona; Tyler Arroyo, Chico State
April 1-7 Nick Famolaro, UC San Diego; Blake Walkowiak, UC San Diego

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