Four Schools Represented In Track And Field Weekly Honors
CSUN, Long Beach State, UC Davis and UC Irvine each had a representative honored as a Big West Track and Field Athlete of the Week for their performances across three meets in the state of California.
UC Irvine sophomore Isaiah Jewett (Inglewood, Calif./Cathedral Catholic HS) posted a personal record time in the 800-meters to capture his fourth Big West Men’s Track Athlete of the Week honor this season. He finished the race in 1:48.22 to cruise to victory in a loaded field of 59 athletes, including a couple of former Big West champions, one of which was UCI school-record holder and 2016 Olympian Charles Jock. Jock was the runner-up at 1:49.98. Jewett’s career-best leads the Big West by over a second, while also ranking No. 11 in the West Region and No. 31 in the NCAA. His performance placed him third on the UCI all-time list behind only Jock and Steve Scott. Jewett has an unblemished record in the 800m this year with wins in all four races. Jewett also contributed to a UCI first-place finish in the 4x400 relay, taking the anchor leg and running a 46.0 split as the Anteater quartet posted a season-best and Big West-leading 3:10.79.
CSUN senior Lexis Lambert (Lake View Terrace, Calif./Taft HS) earned Big West Women’s Track Athlete of the Week accolades after a pair of top two finishes at the Fresno State Invitational. She won the 400-meters in 53.16 against competition from the host Bulldogs, Cal State Fullerton, Nevada and UC Riverside. That time ranks No. 1 in the Big West by one and a half seconds and represents a career-best. It also ranks No. 18 in the West Region and tied for No. 34 nationally. Lambert also was a runner-up in the 200-meters, second only to teammate Marie Veale. Lambert clocked a wind-aided 23.50 as the Matadors finished 1-2 in the event.
Long Beach State junior Vincent Calhoun (La Habra, Calif./Cerritos College) enjoyed perhaps his finest day as a collegian in collecting Big West Men’s Field Athlete of the Week honors. He racked up two first-place finishes and one runner-up showing at the Steve Scott Invitational, but most impressively he posted a national top-10 mark in the high jump. Calhoun cleared 7 feet, 2.5 inches (2.20m) to set a PR and obliterate his previous best by an inch and a half. The effort vaulted him to No. 4 on the LBSU all-time list, moving ahead of 1964 Olympic Bronze Medalist John Rambo. Calhoun’s mark is the third-best in the West Region and No. 8 in the NCAA. He has cleared 7 feet outdoors four times in 2017, and he has won the high jump at seven meets this season. In addition, Calhoun won the triple jump with another lifetime-best, a mark of 49-03.50 (15.02m). That bettered his previous PR by more than a foot. Rounding out his successful meet, Calhoun placed second in the long jump in 23-09.50 (7.25m)
In just her third meet of the outdoor season, UC Davis junior Morgan Bertsch (Santa Rosa, Calif./Santa Rosa HS) established a school record in the high jump to earn recognition as the Big West Women’s Field Athlete of the Week. Bertsch, who joined the team after the conclusion of the UC Davis basketball season, cleared 5 feet, 10 inches (1.78m) to win the high jump at the Cal-hosted Brutus Hamilton Challenge. She successfully negotiated that height on her second attempt, granting her the meet win over Sacramento State’s Candice Dominguez. Bertsch took over the lead in the Big West rankings, and moved into a tie for 18th on the West Region list and into a tie for 35th nationally. The two-sport student-athlete is also known for her sparkling play on the basketball court, as she earned first-team All-Big West honors last season in addition to ranking among the league’s top five in scoring, field goal percentage and blocked shots while helping the Aggies to the round of 16 in the WNIT.
Others nominated (Men’s Track): Garrett Migliozzi (Cal Poly); Mason Rollins (Cal State Fullerton); Kemonie Briggs (Long Beach State); Peter Manu (UC Riverside)
Others nominated (Women’s Track): Daijah Joe-Smith (Cal Poly); Ashleigh Chambers (Long Beach State); Jazmen Bunch (UC Davis); Megan George (UC Irvine); Weslie Pearce (UC Riverside)
Others nominated (Men’s Field): Arnie Sambel (Cal Poly); Dennis Hicks (CSUN); Steven Childs (UC Davis); Silviu Bocancea (UC Riverside)
Others nominated (Women’s Field): Abi Iriafen (Cal Poly); Naiah Boardingham (Cal State Fullerton); Brianna Cueva (CSUN); Bria Palmer (Long Beach State); Lily Lowe (Hawai‘i)