Impressive Marks Posted At UCR Spring Track Classic
A majority of the track and field Athlete of the Week winners excelled at the UC Riverside Spring Track Classic.
Cal State Fullerton sophomore Diego Courbis (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo HS) and UC Irvine senior Lloyd Sicard (Gardena, Calif./Serra HS) shared the Big West Men’s Track Athlete of the Week award. Courbis posted a winning time in the 400 meter hurdles at the UC Riverside Spring Track Classic. He finished in 52.52, the top time in the Big West by .84 seconds, and ranked him No. 15 in the West Region and No. 23 in the NCAA.
Sicard earned his sixth career Track Athlete of the Week award – and first this season – on the strength of being a double champion at the UC Riverside Spring Track Classic. Running into a -1.3 headwind, Sicard still managed a season-best 13.93 in the 110 meter hurdles to post his second straight individual victory in the event. The time placed him No. 1 in the Big West, No. 8 in the West Region and No. 9 in the NCAA. Sicard then contributed to a meet record in the 4x400 relay, running the opening leg for the Anteaters and helping the quartet to its second-fastest time of the season in a first-place 3:12.43.
UC Santa Barbara Jenna Hinkle (Cottonwood, Calif./West Valley HS) collected Big West Women’s Track Athlete of the Week accolades after posting personal-best marks in two races at the Aztec Invitational. She finished the 1500 meters in 4:20.85, just one second off the school record, and the fifth-fastest time in the NCAA this season. Hinkle also ran the 800 meters in 2:09.66. She finished in second place in both events.
A personal-best throw from UC Riverside senior Carl Nahigian (Lodi, Calif./St. Mary’s HS) netted him Big West Men’s Field Athlete of the Week honors. At his home meet, the UC Riverside Spring Track Claasic, Nahigian uncorked a top distance of 61-06.50 (18.76m) in the shot put. In addition to being a winning mark, it tops the rest of the conference by two feet, while ranking seventh in the West Region and 10th nationally. Nahigian also participated in the hammer throw, and finished a respectable fifth with a distance of 191-01.50 (58.26m). That was his best mark of the year, and ranks No. 6 in the Big West.
Long Beach State senior Riley Cooks (Coarsegold, Calif./Cuesta College) posted a second place finish in the heptathlon at the UC Riverside Spring Track Classic to earn Big West Women’s Field Athlete of the Week recognition. The 5,432 points Cooks accumulated over the two days of competition represented her second-best score ever and currently leads the Big West by more than 100 points. It also ranks second in the region and nationally. Cooks won a pair of events, posting a 100 meter hurdles time of 13.83 seconds and finishing with a top mark of 5-05.25 in the high jump.
Others nominated (Men’s Track): Mikey Giguere (Cal Poly); Justin Parker (UC Riverside)
Others nominated (Women’s Track): Peyton Bilo (Cal Poly); Samantha Huerta (Cal State Fullerton); Madison Carney (Long Beach State); Kenady Jackson (UC Riverside); Tristan Setzer (Hawai‘i)
Others nominated (Men’s Field): Arnie Sambel (Cal Poly); James Hubbard (Long Beach State); Kordell Hampton (UC Santa Barbara)
Others nominated (Women’s Field): Abi Iriafen (Cal Poly); Ty’Jalayah Robertson (Cal State Fullerton); Barbara Coward (UC Irvine); Tayler Fleming (UC Riverside); Karen Bulger (Hawai‘i)