Top National Marks Distinguish Track And Field Award Winners
Each recipient of the Big West Track and Field Athlete of the Week honors recorded at least a top 20 national mark during meet competition over the weekend.
Winner of two events at a triangular meet against competition from UCLA and Washington State, Long Beach State junior Michael Perez-Rogers (Lakewood, Calif./St. John Bosco HS) picked up Big West Men’s Track Athlete of the Week accolades. He ran 46.87 in the 400 meters, which ranks No. 8 nationally via TFRRS. He also participated with the winning 4x100 meter relay team that blazed to a 40.67 effort, defeating both Pac-12 schools live on the Pac-12 Network.
UC Riverside sophomore Faith Makau (Modesto, Calif./James Enochs HS) recorded the nation’s No. 1 time in the 800 meters to capture the Big West Women’s Track Athlete of the Week award. At the UC Riverside Spring Track Classic, Makau broke the meet and stadium records as she clocked 2:05.93 for first place. The performance met the qualifying standard for the USA Nationals as she legged out the win over North Dakota State All-American Erin Teschuk, who finished right behind in 2:06.16. Makau’s time leads the Big West by one and a half seconds over her nearest competitor. It was also a lifetime-best for Makau.
One of the top throws in UC Santa Barbara history netted Albert Hughes (Garden Grove, Calif./Pacifica HS) the Big West Men’s Field Athlete of the Week honor. A former walk-on, Hughes unleashed a throw of 209-03 to win the hammer competition at the UC Riverside Spring Track Classic. His mark moved him up to No. 3 all-time in UCSB. In addition, his performance ranks the senior No. 1 in the Big West, No. 4 in the NCAA West Region and No. 14 nationally.
Another big performance came out of the UC Riverside Spring Track Classic as Highlander senior Danielle Littleton (Oceanside, Calif./Vista HS) scooped up Big West Women’s Field Athlete of the Week praise. Littleton broke the school’s Heptathlon record with 5,074 points. The total leads all Big West performers in the event by nearly 400 points, and ranks as 14th-best in the nation. Her point accumulation came in large part to solid performances in the 100m hurdles (13.94, 1st), long jump (19-03.50, 1st) and 200-meters (25.08, 2nd). The all-around performer owns the top mark in the Big West in the 100m hurdles, and the second-best long jump effort.
Others nominated (Men’s Track): Ben Hartinger (Cal Poly); Joshua Gordon (Cal State Fullerton); Jason Chandler (UC Davis); Lloyd Sicard (UC Irvine); Michael Koger (UC Riverside); Bryan Guijarro (UC Santa Barbara)
Others nominated (Women’s Track): Ashley Windsor (Cal Poly); Janaya Shorty (Cal State Fullerton); Jasmine Askew (Long Beach State); Ashley Marshall (UC Davis); Jessica Johnson (UC Santa Barbara)
Others nominated (Men’s Field): Ricky Strehlow (Cal Poly); Daniel Walker (Cal State Fullerton); Jake Fraser (Long Beach State); Ben Parodi (UC Davis)
Others nominated (Women’s Field): Kiely Osby (Cal Poly); Taylor Jackson (Long Beach State); Veronica Smart (UC Davis); Melissa Rake (UC Santa Barbara)