2011 Big West Track & Field Championships Set For Irvine This Weekend
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2011 Big West Track & Field Championship Central
The last championship of the 2010-11 Big West calendar takes place this weekend as eight schools gather at UC Irvine for the league's Track & Field Championships. After holding the multi-event finals a week ago, UCI's Anteater Stadium will host the Championships' second weekend as a multitude of athletes look to gain recognition as the league's best.
Cal State Northridge swept the Big West Track & Field crowns a year ago and stand 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.
The men's competition already has an early leader and it is not the defending champion as Long Beach State collected 17 points following the decathlon. The 49ers could stand as a tough challenger to CSUN's title hopes as they have a solid group of athletes led by Colin Dunbar (throws), Nicholas Armstrong (jumps), Tyler Wallace (pole vault) and Nimrod Piggee (hurdles). CSUN has its typical breed of elite sprinters in Carl Horsley and David Reid, while also having the depth in hurdles (Michael Woodham) and jumps (Thomas Johnson).
The women's side has the Matadors as an early leader as the club gained 20 points following the heptathlon. The race could be an exciting one that comes down to depth as several clubs own the top time or mark in events. Cal State Fullerton has Ciara Short as the leader in the 100, 200 and 400, UC Santa Barbara owns the top times in the 800 (Justine Diaz) and both long distance runs (Amanda Moreno, Breanne Strenkowski), while Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, UC Davis, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara all have athletes leading in the throws and jump events.
Last week's multi-events saw Long Beach State's Nicholas Armstrong win the decathlon and Cal State Northridge's Sherrina Lofton come away with the title in the heptathlon.
Tickets for the Main Event are $10 for adults and $5 for youth for each day. Spectators can also purchase an All-Event pass for $15 (Adult) or $8 (Youth).