Long Beach State, CSUN Earn Majority Of Track And Field Awards
2015 Track and Field Awards Release
Big West champions Long Beach State and CSUN received the lion’s share of the 2015 Track and Field Awards, as voted on by the conference coaches today.
Men’s champion Long Beach State corralled three of the marquee awards, with Cameron Glasgow tabbed the Track Athlete of the Year and teammate Willie Alexander chosen as Field Athlete of the Year. Andy Sythe, the veteran 26th-year mentor of the LBSU program, claimed Coach of the Year honors. UC Riverside’s Justin Parker was selected the Freshman of the Year. Women’s champion CSUN had two honorees in Field Athlete of the Year Olympia Jewett and Coach of the Year Avery Anderson. UC Davis star sprinter Ashley Marshall earned her third consecutive Track Athlete of the Year nod, and Cal State Fullerton’s Tyler Hardge received Freshman of the Year acclaim.
Glasgow, a senior hailing from Santa Maria, Calif., displayed all-around talent and depth in becoming the second Long Beach State Track Athlete of the Year representative, following Brent Gray’s back-to-back selections in 2007 and 2008. He secured 18 individual points at the Big West Championships, and played a role in an additional 16 points as a member of two high-placing relay teams. Glasgow bettered his lifetime-best in the 400-meters to win gold in a time of 46.39 seconds and improve to No. 6 on the LBSU all-time list. That 400m time leads the Big West by .48 seconds, ranks No. 19 in the West Region and No. 39 in the NCAA. It also was the fastest winning 400m time at the Big West Championship since 2008. He also helped punctuate the school’s ninth Big West championship in running the second leg of the winning 4x400 relay team that finished in 3:09.58. Glasgow also figured in the scoring as the runner-up in the 200-meters, lowering his lifetime-best time to 21.08 seconds. He also participated on the 49er 4x100 relay team that placed third in a time of 40.82. Glasgow won four of his five 400m races in 2015, and led the conference in the 200m during the entire regular season.
Alexander collected his second major honor at Long Beach State, following up on his 2013 selection as the Men’s Freshman of the Year. In becoming the fifth 49er to earn the Men’s Field Athlete of the Year nod, Alexander established a personal-best to capture the long jump title at the Big West Championships. He leapt 25-05.50 to win the competition by more than two and a half feet. The junior remained at No. 7 in the LBSU record book with the performance. In addition, after claiming the triple jump title in 2014, Alexander finished as the runner-up at this year’s meet. The Fresno, Calif. native cleared a season-best 50-10.25 as he finished the meet with 18 important points that helped the 49ers clinch their third straight conference title. Alexander ranks No. 1 in the Big West in the long jump, No. 11 regionally and No. 17 nationally, while placing No. 2, No. 24 and No. 54, respectively, in the triple jump.
Sythe was named Men’s Coach of the Year for the third straight year and sixth time overall (2006, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015). He guided Long Beach State to its third consecutive Big West championship, and sixth in the last 10 years as the 49ers compiled a winning tally of 185 points, buoyed by eight event golds. The overall balance of Sythe’s program was on display as the individual victories encompassed all three areas of field (hammer, long jump, pole vault, triple jump, discus), sprints (400-meters, 4x400 relay) and distance (800 meters). Sythe’s squad is ranked No. 9 in the West Region by the USTFCCCA heading into the West Preliminary.
Parker represented UC Riverside as its first Men’s Freshman of the Year. A native of Compton, Calif., Parker owns the Big West’s second-fastest time in the 400-meters as he ran 46.87 on May 2 at the CSUN Challenge. Parker was the top freshman finisher in the 400m at the conference championship meet as he placed eighth in 47.67 seconds. His earlier time of 46.87 not only qualified Parker for Junior Nationals this year, but put him just .11 seconds behind school record holder Terrell Williams (1981). Parker also contributed to the fifth-fastest 4x400 relay mark in school history, a 3:12.55 at the Sun Angel Classic on April 9.
The first three-time recipient of Women’s Track Athlete of the Year, Marshall succeeded in achieving another milestone at the 2015 Big West Championships. She was a double winner in the 100 and 200 meters, becoming the only athlete in Big West history to win both events three straight years. Marshall won the 100 in a stadium record 11.52 seconds and the 200 in 23.35 seconds. The senior also participated on the runner-up 4x100 relay and fourth place 4x400 relay, and was solely or partially responsible (relays) for 33 points at the conference meet. Marshall’s season-best 100m time of 11.22 (wind-aided) is tied for ninth-best nationally, and the 23.18 she posted at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 16 ranks No. 24 nationally. Marshall ran the leadoff leg of the 4x100 which set an Aggie record (44.70) in a dual meet versus Sacramento State (May 1). She won the 200m at all five meets she raced this season.
A senior from Inglewood, Calif., Jewett is CSUN’s third Women’s Field Athlete of the Year, following LaShanna Verdon (2006) and Desirae Gonder (2010). Jewett played a key role in CSUN capturing the program’s ninth overall Big West championship as she accumulated 23 points across five events. Her biggest contribution came with her victory in the heptathlon. Jewett scored 4,981 points and won by a single point over teammate Shawnta Barnes. Jewett also finished fifth in the long jump (18-10.75), triple jump (39-08.50) and 100-meter hurdles (14.15), as well as eighth in the high jump (5-03.25) for an additional 13 points at the conference meet.
Anderson garnered his first Coach of the Year accolade, continuing the Matador tradition of greatness that predecessor Don Strametz established with eight Big West titles. In his fourth season at the helm, Anderson presided over championship number nine as the Matadors racked up a program record 212 points at the UCR Track Facility last weekend. It was the highest winning score since 2003. Anderson reshaped the program into a winner as his women’s student-athletes registered at least one point in 18 of 21 scored events at the Big West Championships, including seven event winners – discus, long jump, javelin, heptathlon, hammer, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay.
Hardge joined Morgan Thompson (2012) on the list of Cal State Fullerton individuals to notch Women’s Freshman of the Year accolades. The Colton, Calif. native had an outstanding performance at her inaugural Big West Championship meet, becoming just the second Titan to win gold in the 400-meter hurdles, hitting the finish line in 60.14 seconds. Hardge also medaled in the 100-meter hurdles as her time of 13.81 placed her third. She also helped the Titans score points in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, ultimately contributing to half of CSF’s 42-point total. Hardge season-best time of 60.10 seconds in the 400m hurdles is ranked 49th in the NCAA West Region.
2015 BIG WEST TRACK AND FIELD HONORS
MEN'S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Cameron Glasgow, Long Beach State
MEN'S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Willie Alexander, Long Beach State
MEN'S FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Justin Parker, UC Riverside
MEN'S COACH OF THE YEAR
Andy Sythe, Long Beach State
WOMEN'S TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Ashley Marshall, UC Davis
WOMEN'S FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Olympia Jewett, CSUN
WOMEN'S FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Tyler Hardge, Cal State Fullerton
WOMEN'S COACH OF THE YEAR
Avery Anderson, CSUN