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Senior Nicholas Rack and eight other Tritons will be in action this weekend at the NCAA Championships.

Tritons Set for 2019 NCAA Track and Field Championships May 23-25

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THE SCHEDULE
2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Thursday, May 23 • 8:30 a.m. PT
Friday, May 24 • 7:30 a.m. PT
Saturday, May 25 • 9:30 a.m. PT
Javelina Stadium • Kingsville, Texas
Meet Schedule • Live Video • Live Results • Tickets

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LIVE COVERAGE
There will be live streaming video during all track events and select field events of the NCAA Championships via NCAA.com. Coverage begins at 8:30 a.m. PT on Thursday, 7:30 a.m. PT on Friday and 9:30 a.m. PT on Saturday. Live results are available here.

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TRITON NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS NOTES
A total of nine University of California San Diego Tritons have qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, including senior Matt Bowen (long jump/triple jump), senior Natalie Caraway (high jump/triple jump), junior Claudia Cox (400 hurdles), junior Gabby Eshiet (shot put), senior Esther Nofodji (discus), senior Nicholas Rack (100 hurdles), sophomore Evan Shimasaki (pole vault), senior Kelly Strand (400 hurdles) and sophomore Blake Walkowiak (discus).

Bowen. Rack and Cox are the only Tritons making return trips to the NCAA Championships, as this will be the fourth-consecutive appearance for Bowen and the second-straight for Rack. A native of Fresno, Calif., Bowen earned First-Team All-America honors after placing sixth in the triple jump as a true freshman in 2015 and followed it up with a 10th-place effort in 2016. Rack, a native of Murrieta, Calif., was a First-Team All-American in 2018 after placing fourth overall in the 100 hurdles (14.06). Seven other Tritons will make their debut in at the 2019 NCAA Championships. 

  • Bowen is the program-record holder in the long jump (25'2"/7.67) and is second all-time in the triple jump (51'4.25"/15.74)
  • Caraway is UC San Diego's record holder in the high jump (5'8.75"/1.79) and is third all-time in the triple jump (39'9.75"/12.18)
  • Cox ranks second all-time at UC San Diego in the 400 hurdles (58.96)
  • Eshiet has the second-best mark in program history in the shot put (48'1.25"/14.72)
  • Nofodji ranks second all-time at UC San Diego in the discus (160'11"/49.05)
  • Rack is the program's record holder in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.00
  • Shimasaki has cleared the fourth-best mark in school history in the pole vault (16'4.75"/5.00)
  • Strand ranks fourth all-time in school history in the 400 hurdles (59.98)
  • Walkowiak has the second-best mark all-time in program history in the discus (52.27)
NAME EVENT NATIONAL RANK MARK COMPETITION TIME
Evan Shimasaki Pole Vault 18 5.00 Thursday, May 23, 12:30 p.m. PT
Matt Bowen Long Jump 7 7.67 Thursday, May 23, 4:20 p.m. PT
Claudia Cox 400 hurdles 7 58.96 Thursday, May 23, 6:25 p.m. PT
Kelly Strand 400 hurdles 16 59.98 Thursday, May 23, 6:25 p.m. PT
Esther Nofodji Discus 18 49.05 Friday, May 24, 11:30 a.m. PT
Blake Walkowiak Discus 21 52.27 Friday, May 24, 2:30 p.m. PT
Matt Bowen Triple Jump 3 15.74 Friday, May 24, 2:45 p.m. PT
Natalie Caraway High Jump 6 1.75 Friday, May 24, 3:05 p.m. PT
Nicholas Rack 110 Hurdles 12 14.08 Friday, May 24, 4:55 p.m. PT
Gabby Eshiet Shot Put 24 14.72 Saturday, May 25, 11:15 a.m. PT

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TRITONS GARNER 11 All-WEST REGION HONORS
The UC San Diego track and field teams had 11 total standouts earn All-West Region honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCA).

Senior Matt Bowen (long jump/triple jump), senior Natalie Caraway (high jump), junior Claudia Cox (400 hurdles), junior Gabby Eshiet (hammer/shot put), senior Nick Famolaro (800), freshman Maximilian Halvax (400), senior Esther Nofodji (discus), senior Nicholas Rack (110 hurdles), sophomore Evan Shimasaki (pole vault), senior Kelly Strand (400 hurdles) and sophomore Blake Walkowiak (discus) each received the regional accolade.

The award is garnered by the top-five individuals in each event from each region, as a total of 1,831 student-athletes (926 men and 905 women) were recognized.

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CONFERENCE TITLE WINNERS
UC San Diego won a total of 11 events at the 2019 CCAA Championships, as seniors Matt Bowen (long jump/triple jump) and Natalie Caraway (high jump/triple jump) won two events apiece. 

The Triton 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.

2019 CCAA Champions
Matt Bowen (long jump, triple jump)
Christian Kallenberg (decathlon, javelin)
Men's 4x100 relay (Kavin Hariharan, Richie Caragao, Adam Winding, Joshua Asiedu-Akrofi)
Nicholas Rack (110 hurdles)
Maximilian Halvax (400)
Natalie Caraway (high jump, triple jump)
Jake Selstad (800)
Claudia Cox (400 hurdles)

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BOWEN NAMED FIELD ATHLETE OF THE MEET AT CCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
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.

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UC SAN DIEGO SCHOOL RECORDS FALL!
Three school records have been broken this season for UC San Diego, as senior Matt Bowen set a new program mark in the long jump, junior Camille Perkins holds the best time in the 3000 steeplechase and the 4x400 relay team of freshman Maximilian Halvax, junior Adam Winding, junior Makhai Husband and junior Josef Polk. Bowen set a new mark with a leap of 25'2" (7.67), Perkins crossed the finish line in 10:42.83, while the 4x400 relay team posted a time of 3:12.75.

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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 and will play a full Big West schedule. However, UC San Diego women's water polo joins the Big West Conference one year early in the fall of 2019. 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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