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Big West Track and Field Continue In Spring Competition

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UC Irvine plays host to the annual UC Irvine Spring Break Invite this week, March 23-24 at Anteater Stadium. UCI’s track is an eight-lane (48” wide) polyurethane track surface, where 20 track events will take place in the two-day meet. The invitational begins Friday with the men’s and women’s hammer throws, set to start at 3:00 p.m. PT. The first track event of the day is the women’s 5,000m slated for 6:00 p.m. The meet attracts attention from teams and individu.als from across the nation including conference foes, UC Riverside and Long Beach State. 

Last season, UC Riverside's Caleb Stuart broke the school record in the hammer throw by more than seven feet (198’ 9”) at the Spring Break Invitational.  Since then Stuart has made a mark as high as 204’ 10.”

Cal Poly Crushes Competition: Cal Poly showed dominance in both the men’s and women’s events in a Dual last week against Fresno State.  The men outscored the Bulldogs 99-87, while the women finished going 97-88 over the women’s competitors of Fresno State.

The Mustangs swept many events, including the 1500 meter run, men’s 110 meter high hurdles and the 800 meter race.  The Cal Poly men won the 4x100 relay (42.42), as well as the women taking home first place in the 4x400 relay (3:55.57).  Cal Poly will continue the spring season competing on March 24th at the ShareSLO Invitational at home.

The Beach Qualifies:  After three weeks of competition, the 49ers already have 40 Big West qualifying marks. Qualifying in multiple events are Kristen Kiefer (200m, 100 hurdles), Rosa Del Toro (1500m, 5000m), Shakina Phillips (100 hurdles, 400 hurdles), Sara Macey (high jump, javelin) and Jacob Weintraub (shot put, discus). Ben Woodruff won the javelin at the Beach Classic (March 3) with a personal-record 235-04. His mark was an Olympic Trials “B” standard and ranks third in all of NCAA Division I. Woodruff topped his previous lifetime best by 14 feet and was just two feet shy of the school and conference record. For his effort, Woodruff was named the Big West Men’s Field Athlete of the Week.

New Face At Helm Of Northridge Track & Field Program: 
Avery Anderson, who for the last seven years has been a major contributor to one of the Big West Conference’s most prolific track & field programs, was named head track and field coach at Cal State Northridge last summer. Anderson succeeds Don Strametz who retired after 31 years as the head coach of the women’s team and 26 at the helm of the men’s program.

During the past seven seasons, the Matadors have won 11 conference championships including six Big West Women’s Outdoor Championships. In addition, The CSUN men have won four Big West Outdoor titles since Anderson began his second stint on the coaching staff in 2005.

Since arriving at Northridge, Anderson has helped the Matador track & field program to unprecedented levels of success. He has coached two NCAA Champions including 2007 NCAA Outdoor Long Jump Champion DaShalle Andrews who became the first individual men’s NCAA Champion in school history. The following spring, Anderson made it back-to-back NCAA Long Jump champions as freshman Reindell Cole won the 2008 NCAA Indoor title.

Big West Track & Field Championship Returns to Irvine:
For the second consecutive year the Big West Track & Field Championships takes place at Anteater Stadium on the campus of UC Irvine.  The 2012 championship begins with the multi championships (decathlon/heptathlon) on May 4 & 5  and is followed by the remainder of the events taking place May 11-12.

Last year, The Long Beach State men and Cal State Northridge women proved to be too tough for the competition as the two clubs took home their respective Big West Track & Field Titles.  The 49ers won the league meet for the first time since 2008 and won their sixth title overall. LBSU amassed 177.50 points for the championship, outdistancing UC Davis which had 156 points. Cal Poly was third with 131 points, while UC Santa Barbara stands in fourth with 116.5 points. Fifth belongs to Cal State Northridge with 80 points, with host UC Irvine (79), UC Riverside (54) and Cal State Fullerton (25) complete the men’s standings.

The Matadors claimed their sixth consecutive championship and now own a league-record eight overall. CSUN’s championship defense had it post 165.5 points, with UC Santa Barbara coming in second with 126 tallies. UC Davis was third with 105 points, while Long Beach State (98.5), UC Riverside (97) and Cal Poly (88) are bunched in fourth through sixth. UC Irvine’s 75 points and Cal State Fullerton’s 61 points wrap up the women’s standings.