Charlotte, North Carolina - The University of California San Diego had three standouts compete in Day 1 of the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Irwin Belk Complex on Thursday.
Redshirt junior Matt Bowen (long jump), senior Paul Doan (100-meter) and senior Meghan Fletcher (400 hurdles) were in action on Thursday, with both Bowen (12th overall) and Doan (11th) earning Second-Team All-American honors. However, all three were unable to qualify for the final round in their respective events.
Bowen began the day for the Tritons placing 12th overall in the long jump with a best leap of 24-feet, 1.5-inches (7.35-meters), just out of reach of the top-nine qualifiers for the final round. Bowen's best jump this season was 24'9", which ranked ninth in the nation, and his all-time school-record leap as a true sophomore in 2016 was 25'0.5".
The Fresno, Calif., native finished 10th in the 2016 NCAA Championships with a mark of 24'5.5". Bowen will also compete in the triple jump on Saturday.
Doan, the first NCAA-qualifying men's sprinter in UC San Diego's Division II era, finished 11th overall in the 100-meter prelims on Thursday. His mark was slightly behind the eighth and final qualifying time of 10.56 by Tiffin University's Reginald Thomas.
The senior from San Diego set the school-record in the event earlier this season at 10.39 and entered the national meet ranked 16th. Doan will now turn his attention toward competing in the 200 on Friday beginning at approximately 2:35 p.m. PT.
Fletcher finished with a time of 1:01.95 in the 400 hurdles, placing 18th overall in her first-career NCAA Championships. The senior from Pleasanton, Calif., qualified with a time of 1:00.59, which ranked 20th in the nation and is the fourth-best mark in UC San Diego history.
More Tritons are in action on Day 2 Friday, starting with redshirt junior Tais Marinho-Gomez competing in the triple jump beginning at 1:45 p.m. PT. Doan highlights the 200 prelims at 2:35 p.m., and junior Nicholas Rack looks to have a big day in the 110 hurdles starting at 3:40 p.m.