Big West Track And Field Teams Stick In California This Week
Track and Field Release No. 3
Big West track and field athletes look to improve times this week at various meets throughout the state of California, including the Stanford Invitational and UCLA Legends Invite.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Big West To Take Part In High Profile Meets: The Big West will have the entire state of California covered for this week’s meet action, and a majority of squads will be competing at prestigious events including the Stanford Invitational and the UCLA Legends Invite. Cal Poly, Long Beach State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara are sending competitors to Stanford, while the Mustangs, Cal State Fullerton, UC Davis and the Anteaters have contingents going to UCLA. The Stanford Invitational is being billed as one of the best meets in America with athletes assembling from over all the world.
Action Continues Elsewhere: A smattering of teams also are scheduled to compete at various other meets around California. The California Collegiate Invitational, previously known as the Cal-Nevada Championships, is hosted by UC San Diego and will feature Long Beach State, which is sending 72 athletes (36 men, 36 women) to the meet. CSUN is traveling to the Mondo Mid-Major Invitational hosted by Sacramento State. Meanwhile, competitors from Cal Poly, CSUN, UC Davis, UCI and UCSB will be represented at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival. Cal Poly and UCSB will have athletes compete in the Sam Adams Combined Events Invite in Montecito.
Marshall Continues To Post Stellar Marks: UC Davis sprinter Ashley Marshall, a two-time Big West Women’s Track Athlete of the Year and a two-time competitor at NCAA nationals, is seeking to make her senior season the most prominent one yet. She seems headed in that direction, at least based on early returns in the 2015 campaign. Marshall won the 200-meters last weekend at the Bobcat Invitational hosted by Texas State in a time of 23.30. The time currently ranks No. 1 nationally, ahead of Florida State’s Kala Funderburk and USC’s Deanna Hill, both of whom have run 23.37. Marshall also sports the NCAA’s No. 2-rated time in the 100-meters, an 11.41 that she posted at the Cal Opener on March 7.
Sicard Goes Big In Texas: Lloyd Sicard, the first athlete from UC Irvine to ever earn the conference’s top frosh award when he was named the 2014 Big West Men’s Freshman of the Year, appears poised to capitalize on a solid sophomore campaign. He fared well at the prestigious Texas Relays in Austin last weekend, finishing fifth in the final of the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.86, a mark that currently ranks No. 8 in the nation this season. Sicard’s performance put him at No. 2 in the UCI record book, just .06 off the school record of 13.80 set by Stan Longino in 1983.
Shorty Posts Top Five National Mark: In one of the deepest young talent pools the Big West has featured in years, Cal State Fullerton sophomore Janaya Shorty is one of the top performers on that list. The Titan sprinter rolled to a first place victory in the 400-meter dash at last weekend’s UC Riverside Spring Break Classic, notching a 53.60. The time is No. 4 in the NCAA, the fastest in the Big West, and the third-fastest in school history.
Big West Track & Field Championship Heads To Riverside: UC Riverside will host the Big West Track and Field Championships for the first time in school history. The UCR Track Stadium will be home to the multi-events portion of the meet (May 8-9) and the full portion (May 15-16).