A Look Back At The 2015 Track And Field Season
2015 Final Track and Field Release
The Long Beach State men won the Big West title for the third straight time, two major conference records were broken, and UC Davis senior Raquel Lambdin earned First Team All-American honors to highlight a successfull 2015 track and field season.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Lambdin Corrals First Team All-American Honors: UC Davis senior Raquel Lambdin, a three-time Big West champion in the 1,500 meters, polished off a decorated career with a fifth place finish in the finals of her signature race at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. Lambdin earned First Team All-American status from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Assocation (USTFCCCA) as a result of placing within the top eight.
Lambdin clocked a school record time of 4 minutes, 15.28 seconds, obliterating the previous record of 4:17.09 she set at the Big West Championships last month. In her second consecutive NCAA appearance in the 1500, Lambdin recorded the best finish by a UC Davis athlete in a track event at the NCAA Finals during the school’s Division I era. It was the second-best finish overall behind Ashley Hearn’s third-place showing in the discus in 2012. Lambdin is the third first-team All-American in program history, joining Hearn and Lauren Wallace (800m, 2013) on the prestigious list.
More All-American Chatter: Cal Poly junior Ashley Windsor garnered Second Team All-American honors with her 16th place finish in the 1,500 meters at the NCAA Championships. She is the highest ranked Mustang All-American since Jasmine Pickett achieved first team status in the triple jump in 2011. Twenty other Big West athletes – 11 men and nine women – claimed honorable mention All-America recognition. CSUN senior Carl Horsley doubled in the 100 and 200 meters on the Hayward Field track at the University of Oregon, while Long Beach State junior Cameron Glasgow also was a dual awards recipient via his participation in the 400 meters and 4x400 relay.
Long Beach State Breaks 32-Year-Old Record: Long Beach State rewrote the Big West record book in the men’s 4x400 relay thanks to the foursome of Dylan McCloskey, Cameron Glasgow, Michael Perez-Rogers and Jahmani Lockett. That group posted a time of 3:06.20 at the NCAA West Preliminary in Austin, Texas to shave three-tenths of a second off the previous record. San Jose State’s Frank Robinson, Eric Decatur, Craig Armstrong and Bernie Holloway set the initial mark of 3:06.50 in 1983.
Horsley Becomes All-Time King In 100 Meters: CSUN senior Carl Horsley obliterated his own school record and sloughed off the all-time conference mark in the process at the NCAA West Prelims. Horsley, running out of lane 6 in heat 4 of the quarterfinals, ran a blistering 10.03 in the 100 meters for the third-fastest time among 48 sprinters. Horsley’s performance nudged Cal Poly’s Kaaron Conwright from the No. 1 spot in the Big West record book. Conwright had held the mark since 2000 with a career-best of 10.07.
Sicard Shatters School Record In 110 Meter Hurdles: UC Irvine sophomore Lloyd Sicard proved to be one of the nation’s top performers in the 110 meters hurdles this season. Setting the school record in the event on May 2 at the adidas/Steve Scott Invitational in 13.79 seconds, Sicard obliterated that mark at the West Prelims in a scorching 13.60. He won his heat and finished second overall with the effort, and qualified for the NCAA Championships for the first time in his career. Sicard ran 13.75 in his national meet debut to finish 17th overall.
Long Beach State Men Clinch Third Straight Big West Title: Long Beach State clinched its third consecutive Big West championship, fourth in the last five years, and sixth in the last 10 after accumulating 185 points and outdistancing runner-up UC Santa Barbara, which finished with 167 points. The 49ers became the first men’s track and field program to reel off three straight titles since former member Utah State accomplished the feat from 1994-96. The 49ers now have nine Big West titles overall, the most for any current Big West member, and second only to Fresno State (10). LBSU dominated in the field events, earning gold in the long jump, triple jump, discus, pole vault and hammer. Jacob Fraser’s victory in the discus marked the fifth straight year LBSU claimed gold in the event.
CSUN Women Return To Winner’s Circle: Winning the Big West title for the first time since 2011, the CSUN women captured its ninth overall championship with a program record 212 points scored. That also represented the highest point total by a winning squad since 2003. Matador field competitors picked up 105 of those points with the sprinting core contributing 77 more. Junior Marie Veale, the inaugural Women’s Track Athlete of the Meet, scored for the Matadors in a variety of ways. She had a role in 38 of CSUN’s overall point total, finishing fifth in her first-ever heptathlon (4), contributing to two first-place finishes in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays (20), and placing second in the 100 meter hurdles (8) and 100 meter dash (8). Oh, and she also finished third in the 200 meter dash (6).
Littleton Concludes Career With School Record: UC Riverside senior Danielle Littleton established a school record in the long jump with a mark of 20 feet, 5 inches at the Mt. SAC Relays. She knocked off previous record holder Lauren Reid, who held the record of 20-4.25 since 2010. Littleton qualified for her first NCAA Championship in the long jump after clearing 20-04.50 at the NCAA West Preliminary. Littleton finished in 20th place at the national meet.
Alexander Named All-American For Third Straight Year: Long Beach State junior Willie Alexander, the 2015 Big West Men’s Field Athlete of the Year, became the Big West’s first three-time All-American since UC Irvine’s Charles Jock and UC Santa Barbara’s Ryan Martin did so from 2010-12. Alexander received First Team All-American distinction in 2014 in the long jump when he finished as the runner-up at the NCAA Championship. He was an Honorable Mention All-American in the long jump as a freshman in 2013. This year, Alexander missed out on qualifying for the long jump competition, but sizzled at the NCAA West Preliminary in the triple jump. He finished third overall with a season-best leap of 51-11.00, easily advancing to the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Oregon.