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Triton seniors Matt Bowen and Natalie Caraway have been named Stars of the Month for May by the San Diego Sports Association.

Matt Bowen, Natalie Caraway Named SDSA Stars of the Month

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SAN DIEGO — University of California San Diego senior track and field standouts Matt Bowen and Natalie Caraway have each received Star of the Month accolades for the month of May, the San Diego Sports Association (SDSA) recently announced.

The Triton duo had a spectacular finishes to their Triton career, earning several field honors as jumpers. Bowen was a standout in the long jump and triple jump, while Caraway excelled in the high jump and triple jump.

Bowen won the conference title in both the triple jump and long jump at the CCAA Championships, en route to earning CCAA Field Athlete of the Meet honors on May 4. The Fresno, Calif., native qualified for the NCAA Championships in both events, earning All-America First-Team honors in the triple jump (8th overall) and All-America Second-Team accolades in the long jump (10th overall). The senior posted a mark of 50-feet, 4.75-inches (15.36-meters) in the triple jump and 24'9.25" (7.55) in the long jump at the NCAA Championships.

Caraway won the conference title in both the high jump and triple jump at the CCAA Championships, and qualified for the NCAA Championships in the high jump. A native of Granite Bay, Calif., Caraway earned All-America First-Team honors in the high jump with a fifth-place overall finish after clearing 5'6.5" (1.69).

Each month, the San Diego Sports Association honors as many as four professional, six amateur and six high school athletes as Stars of the Month for their outstanding athletic accomplishments. Stars of the Month are recognized in the San Diego Union-Tribune, via the Fowler Family Awards Center at Petco Park, on the Sports Association's social media channels and website, and at San Diego's premier sports awards gala, Salute to the Champions. They also receive a Breitbard Certificate of Athletic Achievement. Top-performing Stars of the Month can also earn Star of the Year accolades. Those considered are either from San Diego, or have achieved stardom for local teams.

Bowen and Caraway increase UC San Diego's total to nine scholar-athletes named as a Star of the Month for the 2019 calendar year:
• Tina Reuter, women's swimming & diving (January)
• Mikayla Williams, women's basketball (January)
• Christian Bayne, men's basketball (February)
• Sydney Sharp, women's basketball (February)
• Shay Whitcomb, baseball (March)
• Robyn Wampler, softball (April)
• Brandon Weed, baseball (April)
• Matt Bowen, track and field (May)
• Natalie Caraway, track and field (May)


The San Diego Sports Association is dedicated to recognizing and celebrating outstanding local athletic achievement and providing sports programming for the community. It was launched by the Breitbard Athletic Foundation, which was founded in 1946 by the legendary Bob Breitbard to recognize significant athletic achievement in San Diego. Through its awards and recognition programs, and vigilant focus on the community of San Diego and its betterment, the association is devoted to motivating and inspiring youth of all ages to reach their full potential. For more information, please visit


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