Track and Field Teams Head To Triton Invitational
Track and Field Release No. 6
With the multi-events portion of the Big West Track and Field Championships two weeks away, conference squads attempt to hit qualifying marks and improve upon personal bests at meets such as the Triton Invitational this weekend.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Big West Teams Travel To Triton Invitational: After an extremely busy week of action, Big West track and field teams return to a more toned down version of the schedule. Contingents from five squads – Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, UC Irvine, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara – are traveling to the Triton Invitational. Cal Poly and CSUN are participating in the Bulldog Invitational while UC Davis treks to Berkeley to take part in the Brutus Hamilton Open and in a dual meet with host California. CSF also makes the furthest trip of any squad, going to Waco, Texas to compete in the Michael Johnson Invite.
Briggs Makes Impact: Long Beach State freshman Kemonie Briggs arrived at school as a highly touted 400-meter sprinter. However, Briggs made his debut at the Big West Challenge two weeks ago for the purpose of securing some additional points for his squad, and finished as the runner-up with a leap of 24-00.75. One week later, Briggs posted the second-best jump in the Big West, improving his distance by a foot with a personal-best 25.00-75. Briggs finished fourth overall behind the 2012 Olympic Champion (Greg Rutherford), 2014 U.S. National Champion (Jeff Henderson) and 2014 NCAA runner-up and Beach teammate Willie Alexander.
Sicard Runs Saturday At Triton: UC Irvine junior Lloyd Sicard returns to action in his signature event, the 110-meter hurdles, this Saturday at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla. He registered his top time of the season last Saturday at the Beach Invitational with a conference-best mark of 13.75 seconds, which also ranks No. 5 in the West Region and No. 12 nationally. Sicard set the school record of 13.60 last season.
Tokar Finds Freshman Form: Junor Holly Tokar tied her personal-best in the pole vault from her freshman season of 2014 when she won the Big West championship in the pole vault. Tokar cleared 13 feet, 0.25 inches to place 15th in a highly competitive field at the Beach Invitational. The mark ties her for No. 3 all-time on the Aggie career list.
Big West Represented On National Leaders List: Several Big West athletes have posted national leading marks in 2016. They are as follows:
Tori Tsolis, UC Santa Barbara – 1500m (4:19.02, Mt. SAC Relays, Apr. 14 - No. 23)
Megan George, UC Irvine – 100H (13.28, UC Riverside Spring Break Invite, Mar. 24 - No. 23)
Erika Barr, UC Davis – 3000 Steeple (10:08.63, Stanford Invitational, Apr. 1 - No. 14)
Jessica Emde, UC Santa Barbara – High Jump (5-10, Bruin Legends Invite, Apr. 2 - No. 20)
Breana Jemison, UC Riverside – Shot Put (54-3.75, UC Riverside Spring Break Invite, Mar. 24 - No. 21)
Brianna Cueva, CSUN – Discus (179-11, Trojan Invitational, Mar. 18 - No. 16)
Felicianna Vazquez, Hawai‘i –Javelin (163-2, Beach Pacific Coast, Apr. 14 – No. 24)
Riley Cooks, Long Beach State – Heptathlon (5569, UC Riverside Spring Break Invite, Mar. 24 - No. 17)
Lloyd Sicard, UC Irvine – 110H (13.75, Beach Invitational, Apr. 15 - No. 12)
Nick Woolf, Cal Poly – 3000 Steeple (8:48.03, Stanford Invitational, Apr. 1 - No. 15)
Michael Montgomery, Long Beach State – Pole Vault (17-5.75, Beach Pacific Coast, Apr. 14 - No. 13)
Conner Rouse, Long Beach State – Pole Vault (17-5.75, Beach Pacific Coast, Apr. 14 - No. 13)
Willie Alexander, Long Beach State – Long Jump (25-10, Trojan Invitational, Mar. 18 - No. 8)
James Hubbard, Long Beach State – Discus (190-2, Trojan Invitational, Mar. 18 - No. 17)
Robert Marlow, Long Beach State – Hammer (215-2, Trojan Invitational, Mar. 18 - No. 21)
Kody Robison, Long Beach State – Hammer (214-1, Trojan Invitational, Mar. 18 - No. 25)
Herman Day, Long Beach State – Decathlon (7249, UC Riverside Spring Break Invite, Mar. 24 - No. 18)
Devin Bennett, Cal Poly – Decathlon (7118, California Invitational Multi Events, Apr. 13 - No. 22)
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.