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Track and Field Championships Continue at Cal State Fullerton

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The 2017 Big West Track and Field Championships take place at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Track Complex this weekend with FOX Sports Prime Ticket providing a live telecast at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Big West Championships Resume At Cal State Fullerton: Hosting for the first time since 1999, Cal State Fullerton is the site for the 2017 Big West Track and Field Championship this weekend at Titan Track Complex.  The event runs May 12-13 with the Long Beach State men looking to extend its school record for consecutive championships to five straight, and the UC Davis women seeking their fifth title in the last six years.

FOX Sports Prime Ticket will televise the final day of the championship for the fifth straight year.  The regional telecast home of the Big West will carry Saturday’s program beginning at 2:00 p.m. with Justin Alderson (PxP), Milena Glusac (analyst) and Courtney Sweet (sideline) providing commentary.

A Historical Perspective – Long Beach State Men: Long Beach State’s four straight men’s titles represents the second-longest streak of success in Big West Championship history.  Only former member Fresno State had a longer streak – 10 straight titles from 1983-92.  The Beach and Fresno State are tied for most titles all-time with 10.

A Historical Perspective – UC Davis Women: The four titles in five years for the UC Davis women rivals the successful run that the CSUN program had with eight championships in a 10-year stretch (2002-11).  The Aggies are tied for fourth all-time with their four titles.

Combined Events Review: The Big West Track and Field Championship began last weekend with the heptathlon and decathlon competitions.  Long Beach State senior Riley Cooks won the heptathlon for the second straight year with a career-best 5,671 points, the second-highest winning score in the 33-year history of the event.  She missed Barbara Nwaba’s record 5,709 total from 2012 by a mere 38 points.  Cooks became the second two-time heptathlon champion from Long Beach State, joining Ami Ice (1989, 1991).  She was the first Big West athlete to win back-to-back titles since Nevada’s Janel Chandler (1997-98).  Teddy Scranton of Cal Poly took gold in the decathlon with 7,143 points, dethroning last year’s champion, Tyler Nelson of UC Santa Barbara.  The senior became the fourth Mustang to earn the decathlon title.

CSUN Trio Seeks To Restore Championship: The one program to interfere with the UC Davis run on women’s titles was CSUN in 2015.  That year, the Matadors scored a program championship meet record 212 points, which also represented the highest winning score since 2003.  Three competitors played a vital role in the hoisting of that trophy – Marie Veale, Lexis Lambert and Monique Griffiths.  All three exercised a redshirt season in 2016, and the Matadors went from first to last in the championship standings.  The trio accounted for 67 of the 212 points from the 2015 meet, including first-place finishes in the discus, hammer, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay.  The list below shows how each athlete accumulated points in 2015, and where they rank on this season’s best marks list.

Monique Griffiths
Event 2015 Placing Time/Mark Points Scored 2017 Rank Top Mark
Discus 1st 170-06 10 3rd 171-01
Hammer 1st 204-06 10 1st 209-03
         
Marie Veale
Event 2015 Placing Time/Mark Points Scored 2017 Rank Top Mark
100mH   2nd 13.57 8 6th 13.73
100m 2nd 11.80 8 3rd 11.52
200m 3rd 23.76 6 2nd 23.30
                                    
Lexis Lambert
Event 2015 Placing Time/Mark Points Scored 2017 Rank Top Mark
200m     8th 24.12 1 1st 23.27
400m 5th 54.59 4 1st 53.16
       
Veale & Lambert
Event 2015 Placing Time/Mark Points Scored 2017 Rank Top Mark
4x100R 1st 44.74 10 1st 44.65
4x400R 1st 3:40.11 10 1st 3:42.46

Event Leaders By School: CSUN leads all Big West women’s programs with top marks or times in nine of the 21 events that will be scored at the Big West Championship.  UC Davis, the defending women’s champion, is tops in four.  On the men’s side, Long Beach State has the conference’s top mark in five events, all of those in the field disciplines.  UC Irvine also leads in five events thanks in large part to stalwarts Lloyd Sicard and Isaiah Jewett on the track.  Of course, the leaderboard does not predict a team’s depth in any particular event, and overall ability to accumulate points on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system.

UC Irvine Hurdlers Seek Three-Peat: Plenty of competitors at this year’s meet are in contention to become a two-time event champion at the conference meet.  Only two athletes have a shot at becoming a three-time champion in this year’s field.  Both are UC Irvine hurdlers.  Senior Lloyd Sicard is the two-time 110-meter hurdles champion, having won the event in 2015 (14.05) and 2016 (13.64).  He owns the eighth-fastest time in the nation this year, clocking 13.55 at the Steve Scott Invite.  Sicard is attempting to become the third three-time champ in Big West history, joining San Jose State’s Dedy Cooper (1976-78) and CSUN’s Anthony Brown (2004-06).  He also is chasing Cooper’s Big West meet record 13.60 time from 1976.  Megan George is a two-time champion in the 100-meter hurdles for the Anteaters.  She captured gold in 2015 (13.51) and 2016 (13.33), but comes in ranked No. 2 this year on the Big West best marks list (13.30).  CSUN junior Courtney Robinson (13.13) is No. 1 on that list.  George looks to join select company, as only UNLV’s Tanya Davis (1987-88, 90), Cal Poly’s Willimena Cisco (2004-06), and Cal State Fullerton’s Lauren Williams (2008-11) have won the event at least three times.

A Look At Long Beach State’s Depth In The Field Events: The four-time defending Long Beach State men’s team has been typically solid in the field events, and this year’s no lineup appears to be no different.  The Beach boast the Big West’s No. 1 performer in five different events – high jump, pole vault, long jump, discus and hammer.  However, even more importantly, LBSU possesses incredible depth in those five events.  The Beach have four of the top eight high jumpers, including Big West leader Vincent Calhoun.  They have the top three pole vaulters, and three of the top four performers in the long jump.  The ability to pick up additional points in the 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system is immense with all that depth.

LBSU IN SELECTED FIELD EVENTS
Based on TFRRS Big West rank

HIGH JUMP
1. Vincent Calhoun 7-02.50
t-4. Jason Smith 6-09.50
7. Herman Day 6-08.00
t-8. Jonathan Broadhead 6-07.50
t-8. Jackson Potter 6-07.50
                                                        
POLE VAULT
1. Xander Cooper              17-04.50
2. Bo Haddock 17-00.75
3. Paul Thenard 16-08.75
t-5. Dustin Wert 16-00.75
                     
LONG JUMP
1.   Kemonie Briggs              26-02.75
2.   Jason Smith 25-00.00
4.   Saladin Nasser 24-04.50

DISCUS
1.  Josh Carr                      186-00.00
4.  James Hubbard          175-10.00
7.  Charlie Vernoy              170-04.00
8.  Nicholas Hudson 170-02.00

HAMMER
1.  Robert Marlow              219-07.00
2.  James Hubbard 217-03.00
7.  Josh Carr 192-05.00
8.  Nicholas Hudson 191-03.00

Set Up To Repeat: Besides UC Irvine’s Lloyd Sicard and Megan George, who are seeking a third straight gold in the 110- and 100-meter hurdles, respectively, a number of Big West athletes are aiming to become two-time event champions.  A look at those who won at last year’s championship, and are currently ranked No. 1 on the Big West best marks list this season:

WOMEN
Name, School Event 2016 Winning Mark  Top 2017 Mark
Rianna Goins, UC Davis                  800 Meters 2:09.04 2:05.72
Tayler Fleming, UC Riverside Long Jump 20-02.50 20-07.00
Gardenia Centanaro, CSUN Pole Vault 13-03.75 13-04.25
Brianna Cueva, CSUN Discus 180-04 184-00
                                                    
MEN
Name, School Event 2016 Winning Mark Top 2017 Mark
Kemonie Briggs, Long Beach State 800 Meters 26-02.25 26-02.75
Carl Nahigian, UC Riverside Shot Put 59-05.50 61-06.75

Other athletes who won at last year’s meet but are not ranked No. 1 in their respective Big West event this season are as follows:

WOMEN
Courtne’ Davis, Long Beach State – 100m
Courtne’ Davis, Long Beach State – 200m
Megan Mooney, Cal Poly – Javelin

MEN
Eli Penick, Cal State Fullerton - 100m
Andre McBride, CSUN - 200m
Darion Zimmerman, Cal State Fullerton - 400m
Kyle Clancy, UC Davis - High Jump
Daniel Swarbrick, CSUN – Discus

The Long Beach State men’s 4x400 relay team is attempting to win the event for the fourth straight year.