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Big West Teams Scattered at California-Based Meets


Track and Field Release No. 3

A majority of Big West schools are competing in meets located within the state of California this week.


Big West Teams Scattered at California Meets: This week’s activity has Big West teams at several California-based meets, the one exception being UC Irvine’s participation at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas.  A big contingent of conference squads are heading to the Bruin Legends Invitational.  Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, UCI, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara all have entrants at that meet. 

The Stanford Invitational, another meet that attracts comers from across the nation, has Big West representation as Cal Poly, CSUN and UC Davis is sending contingents to compete there.  Those same three schools are sending competitors to the San Francisco State Distance Carnival.  Wrapping up a busy week of Nor Cal competition, the Aggies also look to perform strongly at the Mondo Mid-Major Challenge, an annual meet hosted by Sacramento State.

Big West Represented On National Leaders List: Several Big West athletes have posted national leading marks to start out the 2016 season.  They are as follows:

Tori Tsolis, UC Santa Barbara – 1500m (4:23.67, No. 16)
Megan George, UC Irvine – 100H (13.28, No. 11)
Jessica Emde, UC Santa Barbara – High Jump (5-9.25, No. 8)
Danielle Taylor, Cal Poly – High Jump (5-9.25, No. 8)
Tayler Fleming, UC Riverside – Long Jump (20-3.5, No. 11)
Jorden O’Neal, UC Riverside – Long Jump (20-3, No. 12)
Kendal Nielsen, Cal Poly – Triple Jump (41-4.25, No. 10)
Breana Jemison, UC Riverside – Shot Put (54-3.75, No. 12)
Brianna Cueva, CSUN – Discus (179-11, No. 9)
Barbara Coward, UC Irvine – Discus (170-11, No. 20)
Vesta Bell, UC Riverside – Hammer (194-1, No. 25)
Riley Cooks, Long Beach State – Heptathlon (5569, No. 1)
Tayler Fleming, UC Riverside –Heptathlon (5121, No. 4)

Thaddeus Smith, Cal State Fullerton – 200m (20.92 - No. 19)
Darion Zimmerman, Cal State Fullerton – 400m (47.01, No. 19)
Justin Parker, UC Riverside - 400m (47.19, No. 21)
Thaddeus Smith, Cal State Fullerton - 400m (47.19, No. 21)
Shyan Vaziri, UC Santa Barbara - 1500m (3:47.54, No. 20)
George Baier, UC Santa Barbara - 1500m (3:48.06, No. 24)
Lloyd Sicard, UC Irvine - 110H (13.91, No. 12)
Myles McDonald, UC Santa Barbara - 400H (51.55, No. 18)
Long Beach State (Briggs, McCloskey, Perez-Rogers, York-Mouton) - 4x400 Relay (3.09:23, No. 9)
Cal State Fullerton (Zimmerman, Matos, Smith, Gordon) - 4x400 Relay (3:09.67, No. 14)
Michael Montgomery, Long Beach State - Pole Vault (17-1.5, No. 8)
Willie Alexander, Long Beach State - Long Jump (25-10, No. 2)
James Hubbard, Long Beach State - Discus (190-2, No. 5)
Matt Seawright, UC Irvine - Discus (183-4, No. 15)
Robert Marlow, Long Beach State - Hammer (215-2, No. 11)
Kody Robison, Long Beach State - Hammer (214-1, No. 12)
Herman Day, Long Beach State - Decathlon (7249, No. 4)
Devin Bennett, Cal Poly - Decathlon (7087, No. 6)
Jacob Rickman, Cal Poly - Decathlon (6653, No. 11)
Taylor Cudequest, CSUN - Decathlon (6278, No. 20)

Renovated Jack Rose Track To Host Big West Championships: Long Beach State’s Jack Rose Track recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation that will allow the school to host the 2016 Big West Track and Field Championships in May on FOX Sports Prime Ticket.  For the first time since 2005, the Beach will also be able to hold their annual home meet, the Beach Invitational, on campus.  The centerpiece is the track, but when all phases are complete, the stadium will sport a seating capacity for 5,000 that ultimately will be able to host major invitational meets as well as the NCAA and U.S. Track and Field Championships.