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Big West Multi Championships On Tap This Weekend

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2011 Big West Track & Field Championship Central

5/5/2011

The first leg of the 2011 Big West Track & Field Championships is this weekend as a total of 20 athletes will descend on Anteater Stadium at UC Irvine for the multi-event championships. The action starts Friday afternoon with five events in the decathlon and four in the heptathlon, while Saturday has the remaining five events in the decathlon and three in the heptathlon.

The action starts at 2 p.m. Friday with the decathlon getting underway with the 100 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400 meters, while the heptathlon starts at 2:30 p.m. with the 100 meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 meters. Saturday’s events in kick off with the decathlon starting at 11 a.m., featuring the 110 meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500 meter run. The heptathlon begins at 1 p.m. with the long jump, javelin and 800 meter run.

The decathlon will feature eight participants including last season’s runner-up Nicholas Armstrong of Long Beach State. The senior has the top showing in the decathlon this season with 7,478 points, while another 2010 returnee, Cal Poly's Corbin Duer is right behind him at 7,225. Also keep an eye on UC Santa Barbara's Derek Masterson who also posted 7000+ points in a decathlong this season (7,159).

The heptathlon features 12 athletes, including the runner-up from last season in Cal State Northridge’s Desirae Gonder. Gonder’s top effort of 5,294 points is second in the Big West this season, trailing only teammate Sherrina Lofton (5,366) who is also entered in the field. The competition will be tough for the CSUN competitors as Long Beach State's Phylicia Johnson (4,911), UC Santa Barbara's Maureen Ajoku (4,875) and LBSU's Kristen Kiefer (4,679) have all posted solid numbers in the event.

Saturday, April 16 Was A Good Day: The Saturday action at the Mt. SAC Relays on Saturday April 16 was quite the big day for two Big West athletes. UC Irvine’s Charles Jock was at it again last as he won the Invitational Elite 800-meter race. His time of 1:45.19 broke his own school record in the event and is the top time in the NCAA this season. Even more impressive is that the time is also the top mark in the entire United States this season, professional or collegiate, and is the fourth-best time in the world this year.

Meanwhile, UC Santa Barbara's Amanda Moreno set the Big West record in the 5000-meter run, finishing in 15:58.02 for sixth place in the Olympic Elite division race. Her time is three seconds better than former teammate Danielle Domenichelli, who set the record a year ago.

Athletes of the Year Return: 2011 brings back a litany of familiar faces across the league, including the majority of last season's major award winners. Three of the four Athletes of the Year return as UC Irvine's Charles Jock (Men's Track), Cal State Fullerton's Ciara Short (Women's Track) and Cal State Northridge's Desirae Gonder (Women's Field) look to defend their crowns.

The Big West also has several All-Americans returning from the 2010 season as Long Beach State's Randi Hicks (javelin) and UC Santa Barbara's Barbara Nwaba (heptathlon) return on the women’s side, while UCI's Jock (800) and the UCSB duo of Ryan Martin (800) and Julian deRubira (steeplechase) come back on the men’s side.

CSUN Aims to Defend Track Titles: Cal State Northridge swept the Big West Track & Field crowns a year ago are poised to do it again in 2011. The men will be looking for their sixth championship in conference history, while the women are aiming for title #7 in Big West lore.

UCI Set to Host Track Championships: After a one year hiatus, the Big West Track & Field Championships will return to Anteater Stadium for the 2011 edition. The meet will kick off May 6-7 with the multi championships, then the rest of the events will be contested on May 13-14.