University of California San Diego’s track and field teams took top honors in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships in La Jolla this weekend, with the women’s team finishing in second place and the men’s in third.
The teams trailed San Francisco State’s women’s track team, which finished first, while the Chico State team topped the men’s field.
A number of UCSD athletes posted standout performances before the home crowd at the meet, which concluded Saturday. They include Matt Bowen, a senior who was named “Field Athlete of the Meet” for the Tritons after winning both the long jump and triple jump.
In that contest, Bowen’s jump of 49-feet, 2.50-inches was an NCAA provisional qualifier. It was his fourth conference title in the event.
Among the UCSD winners on the men’s side at the CCAA championships were junior Christian Kallenberg, first place in the decathlon and the javelin; the men’s 4×100 relay team – sophomore Kavin Hariharan, freshman Richie Caragao, junior Adam Winding and freshman Joshua Asiedu-Akrofi – which posted their their best time of the season; freshman Maximilian Halvax, who took first in the 400 M with a time of 47.84; and sophomore Jake Selstad, who won the 800 M with a time of 1:51.78
Senior teammate Nick Famolaro placed second in the 800 at 1:52.31.
Senior Nicholas Rack, a first-time All-American in the evnt last year, also won his first-career conference title in the 110 hurdles.
On the women’s side, CCAA winners included juniors Chelsea Challacombe, who captured the heptathlon crown, and Erikka Linn, the long jump, while senior Natalie Caraway won championships in both the triple jump and high jump. Junior Claudia Cox notched a win in the 400 M hurdles, as her time of 58.96 was a new personal record, ranking fourth nationally.
UC San Diego competes next at the Occidental College Invitational on Saturday, before gearing up for the NCAA Championships, beginning May 23 in Kingsville, TX.
– Staff reports
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