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Senior Matt Bowen was named CCAA Championships Field Athlete of the Meet.

Triton Women Second, Men Third at Epic 2019 CCAA Track and Field Championships

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LA JOLLA, Calif. — The University of California San Diego track and field teams hosted in style this weekend, recording several epic performances at the 2019 California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships at Triton Track & Field Stadium.

The UC San Diego women finished second overall as a team with 148.5 points, while the men placed third with 158 points. The San Francisco State women won the CCAA championship behind 182 points, and the Chico State men earned the conference title with 230 points.

Senior Matt Bowen earned Field Athlete of the Meet honors for the Tritons after claiming CCAA titles in Friday’s long jump as well as Saturday’s triple jump. Bowen’s best leap of 49-feet, 2.50-inches (15-meters) in the triple jump was an NCAA provisional qualifier, as the senior from Fresno, Calif., won his fourth conference title in the event.

UC San Diego’s men’s 4x100 relay team of sophomore Kavin Hariharan, freshman Richie Caragao, junior Adam Winding and freshman Joshua Asiedu-Akrofi began the day by placing first with a time of 41.58-seconds. The CCAA-winning time was their best of the season and ranks fifth all-time in program history.

Senior Nicholas Rack won his first-career conference title in the 110 hurdles, crossing the finish line with a provisional-qualifying time of 14.33. A first-team All-American in the event last season as a junior, Rack earned his fourth-career All-CCAA honor in the event.

Junior Christian Kallenberg may have had the most impressive weekend of any Triton, placing first in the javelin with a pro-qualifying mark of 194’4” (59.24) for his second conference title in as many days. The Mainz, Germany native also won the CCAA crown in the decathlon on Friday.

Not to be outdone was freshman Maximilian Halvax, who took first in the 400 en route to setting a new school record with a time of 47.84. Halvax also placing fourth in the 200 with a time of 21.56 that ranks fourth all-time at UC San Diego, and was a member of the Tritons’ third-place 4x400 relay team (3:15.18) with junior Makhai Husband, Winding and junior Josef Polk.

Sophomore Jake Selstad won the 800 behind a provisional-qualifying time of 1:51.78 that ranks ninth all-time in program history, while senior teammate Nick Famolaro placed second at 1:52.31. 

Asiedu-Akrofi helped continue the legacy built by former Triton standout sprinter Paul Doan after earning All-CCAA honors with a third-place finish in the 100 (10.90). Polk earned all-conference honors after finishing third in the 400 hurdles with a pro-qualifying time of 53.36 and sophomore Evan Shimasaki took third place in the pole vault after clearing a pro-qualifying mark of 15’11.25’ (4.86).

On the women’s side, senior Natalie Caraway won CCAA championships in both the triple jump and high jump on Saturday. The Granite Bay, Calif., native placed first the triple jump with a leap of 38’9.75” (11.83) and followed it up with a pro-qualifying high jump leap of 5’5.75” (1.67).

Junior Claudia Cox continued her fabulous season with a CCAA championship in the 400 hurdles, as her time of 58.96 was a new personal record and ranks fourth nationally.

Junior Camille Perkins earned All-CCAA honors in the 3000 steeplechase with a new school-record time of 10:48.64, which topped Merin Arft’s time of 10:57.34 set in 2017.

Junior Gabby Eshiet earned All-CCAA honors in both the shot put and hammer throw, behind a  pro-qualifying tosses of 47’2.25” (14.38) in the shot and 176’0” (53.66) in the hammer. In just her first season in La Jolla, Eshiet’s hammer mark ranks second-best all-time in program history.

UC San Diego will be back in action at the Occidental College Invitational on May 11, before gearing up for the NCAA Championships May 23-25 in Kingsville, Texas.

UC San Diego All-CCAA
(Day 2)

Matt Bowen, long jump (24’9.75”/7.56) 1st
Christian Kallenberg, decathlon (6502) 1st
Chelsea Challacombe, heptathlon (4673) 2nd
Erikka Linn, long jump (18’3.75”/5.58) 2nd

(Day 3)

Men’s 4x100 relay: Kavin Hariharan, Richie Caragao, Adam Winding, Joshua Asiedu-Akrofi (41.58) 1st
Nicholas Rack, 110 hurdles (14.33) 1st
Maximilian Halvax, 400 (47.84) 1st
Natalie Caraway, high jump (5’5.75”/1.67) 1st
Natalie Caraway, triple jump (38’9.75”/11.83) 1st
Jake Selstad, 800 (1:51.78) 1st
Matt Bowen, triple jump (49’2.50”/15.00) 1st
Christian Kallenberg, javelin (194’4”/59.24) 1st
Claudia Cox, 400 hurdles (58.96) 1st
Nick Famolaro, 800 (1:52.31) 2nd
Camille Perkins, 3000 steeplechase (10:48.64) 2nd
Gabby Eshiet, shot put (47’2.25”/14.38) 2nd
Women’s 4x400 relay: Ellie Flint, Mckenna Meaney, Kelly Strand, Claudia Cox (3:49.82) 2nd
Gabby Eshiet, hammer (176’0”/53.66) 3rd
Joshua Asiedu-Akrofi, 100 (10.90) 3rd
Josef Polk, 400 hurdles (53.36) 3rd
Evan Shimasaki, pole vault (15’11.25”/4.86) 3rd
Men’s 4x400 relay: Maximilian Halvax, Makhai Husband, Adam Winding, Josef Polk (3:15.18), 3rd

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