Three School Records Fall Among Track and Field Weekly Awards
Three of the winners in the Big West Track and Field Athlete of the Week announcement established school records.
UC Santa Barbara junior Myles McDonald (Long Beach, Calif./Loyola HS) broke a 37-year old school record in the 400 hurdles to earn Big West Men’s Track Athlete of the Week honors. He finished in 51.55 seconds, third overall and first among collegians at the Aztec Invite to replace Jamie Starmer atop the Gaucho record book. Starmer had run a 51.59 in 1979. McDonald’s 51.55 ranks No. 10 in the West Region and No. 1 in the Big West.
UC Irvine junior Megan George (Inglewood, Calif./Serra HS) secured the Big West Women’s Track Athlete of the Week award after breaking her own school record in the 100-meter hurdles. George posted a time of 13.28 seconds at the UC Riverside Spring Classic Saturday, improving upon the 13.51 that she set last year. The 13.28 ranks No. 10 nationally and leads the Big West. George also contributed to both Anteater relays, running the second leg in the 4x100 (45.71) and 4x400 (3:46.69) races. UCI finished third in the 4x100 and sixth in the 4x400.
Notching Big West Men’s Field Athlete of the Week honors for his performance in the decathlon, Long Beach State sophomore Herman Day utilized a lifetime-best to win the event at the UCR Spring Break Classic. Day’s score of 7,249 points wiped out his old PR by 855 points. Over the two days, he equalled or improved upon seven lifetime-best efforts in the individual events to include the 100-meters, shot put, high jump, 400-meters, 110-hurdles, pole vault and 1500-meters. In the shot put, he increased his PR from 42-6 to 45-6.25 for a more than three-foot improvement. Day’s performance places him No. 4 on the national list and No. 1 in the Big West. He also now ranks No. 4 all-time at LBSU in the decathlon.
Long Beach State junior Riley Cooks (Coarsegold, Calif./Cuesta College) earned Big West Women’s Field Athlete of the Week honors with a winning effort in the heptathlon that also set the school record. She scored 5,569 points at the UCR Spring Break Classic, unseating Ami Ice’s mark of 5,521 points.
Ice won the 1991 Big West Heptathlon and became an NCAA Heptathlon All-American. Cooks eclipsed her lifetime-best in the heptathlon by 459 points. She equalled or improved upon five PR performances over the two days – 100 hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-meters and javelin. In the latter event, she bettered her PR from 127-0 to 146-6, an increase of 19-6. Cooks is the NCAA leader in the heptathlon by 122 points.
Others nominated (Men’s Track): Clayton Hutchins (Cal Poly); Eli Penick (Cal State Fullerton); Lloyd Sicard (UC Irvine)
Others nominated (Women’s Track): Katie Izzo (Cal Poly); Asha Giles (UC Riverside); Tori Tsolis (UC Santa Barbara); Louise Mulvey (Hawai‘i)
Others nominated (Men’s Field): Arnie Sambel (Cal Poly); Carl Nahigian (UC Riverside); Matthew Kuskey (UC Santa Barbara)
Others nominated (Women’s Field): Kendal Nielsen (Cal Poly); Breana Jemison (UC Riverside); Melissa Rake (UC Santa Barbara); Tiziana Ruiz Dominguez (Hawai‘i)