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Cal State Fullerton Hosts 23rd Big West Challenge


Track and Field Release No. 4

Cal State Fullerton hosts the 23rd Big West Challenge at Titan Track Complex, welcoming conference competitors Long Beach State, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara for the one-day event.  The 49ers swept the team titles at last year's meet.


Cal State Fullerton Hosts 23rd Annual Big West Challenge: Cal State Fullerton hosts the 23rd annual Big West Challenge on Friday to highlight track and field action in the conference this week.  The Titans welcome in fellow Big West competitors Long Beach State, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara to the Titan Track Complex for the one-day meet.  The event, which rotates on a yearly basis, was held at UC Irvine’s Anteater Stadium in 2014.    Long Beach State won the men’s portion of that meet with 194.50 points, followed by UC Santa Barbara with 186.50, Cal State Fullerton with 139 and UC Irvine with 89.  On the women’s side, LBSU took the team competition with 194 points, while CSF was second with 170, UCSB third with 160 and UCI fourth with 143 points.

It is the final home meet of 2015 for the Titans, which will send senior Steven Williams into the high jump as he seeks his third consecutive victory in the event.  He posted the top jump in the Big West this season when he cleared 6-11 at the UCLA Legends Invite on Apr. 4.  CSF’s 4x100 women’s relay team also looks to improve upon its meet record of 45.72 set last year.

UC Davis, UC Riverside Travel To Sun Angel Classic: The UC Davis and UC Riverside track and field teams travel to Arizona State for the 36th Sun Angel Classic at Sun Angel Stadium.  Both clubs will compete alongside other Division I programs such as Boise State, BYU, DePaul, Illinois State, Iowa State, Kansas State, Manhattan, Northern Arizona, San Jose State, Texas A&M, UTEP and Washington State.  The Aggies will send 18 women and 24 men to represent them at the meet, which will feature open sections for most competitors as well as premier sections for elite athletes.  Junior Raquel Lambdin, a double winner in the 800- and 1,500-meter races at the UCLA Legends Invite last week, will race in the premiere sections of those events on Saturday.  A handful of Highlanders will compete in premiere sections, including Danielle Littleton in the long jump, Breana Jemison in the shot put, Deja Watkins in the discus, and Amber Wright in the 400-meters.

CSUN, Hawai‘i Also In Action: CSUN is heading out of state this week to compete at the Texas Invitational, while Hawai‘i stays home to entertain Charleston Southern in the Rainbow Relays.

Long Beach State Men Ranked Third In West Region: One of the top teams in the West Region belongs to Long Beach State, according to the latest regional rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.  The 49er men are ranked No. 3 in the West Region with 553.66 points, less than a point behind No. 2 UCLA (554.37).  USC is the top ranked men’s team in the West Region with 583 points.  UC Santa Barbara (No. 12), Cal Poly (No. 13) and UC Riverside (No. 15) are burrowed in among the top 15 as well.

UC Riverside Women Top Ranked Big West Team In West Region: The most recent USTFCCCA rankings pegged UC Riverside as the Big West’s highest ranked women’s squad in the West Region.  The Highlanders come in at No. 6, trailing Pac-12 programs USC, Washington, UCLA, Washington State and Stanford.  CSUN is the next highest ranked Big West squad at No. 12, followed by UC Davis at No. 13 and Cal State Fullerton at No. 15.  Strong performances have been put forth by sophomore Faith Makau, who owns the sixth-fastest time nationally in the 800-meters (2:05.93), and Raquel Hefflin, who is 15th nationally in the same event with a top time of 2:07.51.

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).