A Look Back At The 2014 Track And Field Season
2014 Final Track and Field Release
The Long Beach State men and UC Davis women repeated as Big West champions, two 49er athletes earned first-team All-American status, and Cal Poly senior Sean Davidson broke a 27-year old championship meet record in the 10000 meters – just some of the highlights surrounding the 2014 track and field season.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Alexander, Low Named USTFCCAA First Team All-Americans: Long Beach State sophomore Willie Alexander and junior Chris Low polished off an outstanding 2014 Big West Track and Field season as the duo captured first-team USTFCCCA All-America honors based on their performances at the NCAA Championships.
Alexander was the national runner-up in the long jump as he cleared 25-04.25 at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field on June 12. The mark was just one inch off his personal best, and represented the sixth time in nine meets that he reached 25 feet.
Low, who earlier this season broke a 31-year old school record in the 800 meters, finished in seventh place at the NCAA Championship to become the first 49er first-team All-American in the event. Winning his semifinal heat in 1:48.34 to advance to the finals, Low improved slightly in the final with a time of 1:48.28. He broke a 31-year old school record in April, running 1:48.3 at the Stanford Invitational, and then posted another record-setting performance with the program’s first sub-1:48 race at the NCAA West Preliminary in May when he crossed the finish line in 1:47.52.
Alexander and Low are the first 49ers to be named first-team All-Americans since Brent Gray and Chris Richardson in 2008. With Low’s performance in tow, the Big West has had a first team All-American in the 800 in four of the last five years. UC Irvine’s Charles Jock and UC Santa Barbara’s Ryan Martin were three-time first-team All-Americans from 2010-12.
More All-American Chatter: Eight additional Big West athletes made their marks at the NCAA Championships, including UC Riverside senior Ted Hooper. The Highlander long jumper attained second-team All-American status for the second straight year as he cleared 23-11.50 to finish 14th overall in Eugene. The Cal State Northridge quartet of Le’Shel Vines, Hafsatu Kamara, Lexis Lambert and Marie Veale ran the second-fastest 4x100 relay in school history, crossing the line in 44.38 to finish 10th overall and just miss the finals by .21 seconds.
UC Davis junior Ashley Marshall competed at the national meet in the 100 meters for the second year in a row. She garnered honorable mention recognition for placing 21st overall with her mark of 11.51. Other honorable mention recipients included UC Davis junior Raquel Lambdin and Long Beach State sophomore Chris Enriquez. Lambdin appeared in the 1500 meter semifinals and ran 4:30.55 (22nd overall) while Enriquez, running just his third-ever 10000 meter race, came in 20th overall.
Davidson Obliterates Big West 10K Meet Record: Cal Poly senior Sean Davidson shattered a 27-year old Big West Championship meet record in the 10000 meters, finishing in 29 minutes, 8.24 seconds and shaving 43 seconds off the old record. UC Irvine’s Gus Quinonez had held the record since 1987 when he posted a time of 29:51.60.
Pair Of Firsts For Anteater Duo: Itos Aikhionbare and Lloyd Sicard etched their names in Big West lore to cap off their campaigns for UC Irvine. Aikhionbare, a junior, became UCI’s first Big West Women’s Field Athlete of the Year. She was a double-winner at the Big Wset Championships, taking first in the shot put (49-03.50) and discus (167-09). The Big West leader in both events this season, Aikhionbare notched school records in the shot put (53-9) at the Steve Scott Invitational and discus (170-2) at the Oxy Invitational. Sicard was the program’s first recipient of the Men’s Freshman of the Year award. The 110-meter and 400-meter hurdler won three races – the 400 hurdles at the Cal/Nevada Championships, and the 110 hurdles at the UC Riverside Spring Classic and Big West Challenge Cup. He also finished second at the conference meet in the 110 hurdles.
Long Beach State Men, UC Davis Women Repeat As Big West Champions: The Long Beach State men and UC Davis women hoisted Big West hardware for the second year in a row with Davis as a first time host of the conference championships. LBSU won its eighth title overall, and fifth in the last nine years, aided by eight individual titles and the 4x400 relay team. The 49ers scored a school-record 218.5 points. UC Davis captured its third straight crown with 10 golds, led by two-time champion Ashley Marshall in the 100-meters and 200-meters. The Aggies, which tallied 194 points, edged out a hard charging Cal State Northridge squad with 183.33 points. The Aggie winning point total was the highest at the conference championship since 2009 when the Matadors tallied 198 points.