Big West Sends 22 Individuals To Eugene For Nationals
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Track and Field Weekly Release No. 9
Twenty-two individuals will be vying for national championships in their respective events when the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships commence Wednesday, June 10 in Eugene, Oregon.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Twenty-Two Big West Athletes Head To Oregon For Nationals: Sending the largest combined men’s and women’s contingent since 2007, the Big West will bring 22 representatives to Eugene, Oregon, for the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Historic Hayward Field.
The contingent is evenly split as 11 men and 11 women will compete in 17 events on the University of Oregon campus. Oregon is hosting the event for the third straight year and 13th time in meet history. A variety of the action will be broadcast across the ESPN family of networks on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3. The 22 Big West representatives qualified for nationals based off of performances at the West Prelims last weekend in Austin, Texas.
A handful of competitors will be making repeat appearances at the national meet. Long Beach State junior Willie Alexander is participating in the NCAA Championships for the third time, his first in the triple jump. Alexander competed in the long jump in each of the last two years, and was the national runner-up in 2014. CSUN senior Carl Horsley will run the 100- and 200-meters in a repeat of 2013, while Long Beach State senior Chris Low will attempt to earn his second consecutive All-American citation in his signature event – the 800 meters. On the women’s side, UC Davis senior Raquel Lambdin will appear at nationals in the 1,500 meters for the second straight year, as will the CSUN 4x100 relay team.
Big West Records Broken At NCAA West Prelims: Two long standing Big West records were broken at last weekend’s NCAA West Prelims in Austin, Texas. CSUN senior Carl Horsley obliterated his own school record and rewrote the Big West history book in the 100 meters. Horsley, running out of lane 6 in heat 4, ran a blistering 10.03 in the opening round of the 100 for the third-fastest time among 48 sprinters. Horsley’s performance removed Cal Poly’s Kaaron Conwright from the No. 1 spot in the Big West record book. Conwright ran a 10.07 in 2000.
A 32-year old conference record also was wiped out on the final day of competition at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus. The Long Beach State 4x400 relay team comprised of Dylan McCloskey, Cameron Glasgow, Michael Perez-Rogers and Jahmani Lockett posted a time of 3:06.20, outpacing host Texas to finish third in their heat and 11th overall. The performance removed the 1983 San Jose State quartet of Robinson, Decatur, Armstrong and Holloway from the top spot. That foursome set the previous record of 3:06.50 in 1983.
Sicard Lowers School Record In 110 Hurdles: One of the favorites to bring home a national championship from Oregon is UC Irvine sophomore Lloyd Sicard. A school record holder in the 110 meter hurdles, which he set on May 2 in 13.79 seconds at the adidas/Steve Scott Invitational, Sicard shattered that mark at the West Prelims in a scorching 13.60 seconds. He won his heat and finished second overall with the effort, and he heads into the NCAA Championships seeded second in the event.
Low, Alexander Seek All-American Status Again: Long Beach State is sending a conference-high seven representatives to this year’s NCAA Championships. Senior Chris Low and junior Willie Alexander seek to achieve All-American First Team status for the second straight year. Low became the school’s first-ever All-American in the 800-meters after finishing seventh in a time of 1:48.28 at last year’s national meet. Alexander was the national runner-up in the long jump, soaring to a mark of 25-04.50 on his first attempt. After appearing at the NCAA’s in the long jump in each of his first two years with the 49er program, Alexander is now looking to make history in a different event – the triple jump.
Two Athletes Represent Big West In Women’s 1,500: The lone event featuring two Big West participants will be the women’s 1,500-meters. Cal Poly junior Ashley Windsor and UC Davis senior Raquel Lambdin are contenders for gold. Windsor finished third overall in the quarterfinals of the West Prelims with the third-fastest time in school history (4:15.90), while Lambdin was fourth in her heat in 4:18.62. Lambdin is appearing at the NCAA’s in the 1,500 for the second consecutive year.
National Marks Posted By Big West Athletes: Big West representatives have populated the national top 25 in various events, according to the latest TFRRS rankings. UC Davis senior sprinter Ashley Marshall is the highest ranked Big West athlete – men or women – in any event. She posted a time of 11.22 at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 16 that ranks No. 9 nationally. Long Beach State junior Michael Montgomery established the No. 12 mark in the NCAA when he posted a lifetime-best of 17-09 to take gold at the Big West Championships on May 15. A total of seven Big West athletes are ranked in the national top 25 in eight events.