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Long Beach Dominates Home Invitational Last Week

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The meet drew over 3,400 athletes and spectators with 32 different states and four countries represented, making it one of the largest home meets in school history. The athletes didn’t disappoint as there were 19 marks which topped the meet record. The 49ers put forth a number of strong performances with three individual victories and a handful of personal and season bests.

Ben Woodruff continued dominance in the javelin, winning the event with a meet record 234-05. The three-time Big West Field Athlete of the Week has surpassed 230 feet and finished at the top of the leaderboard in every meet he has competed in this season. Christopher Lawson claimed the 400-meter hurdle title in 51.81 seconds. He also registered a personal-record 14.14 in the 110m hurdles, while teammate Koree Hines won the event with a lifetime-best 14.06.

Big West MAC SAC Relays Success: The meet attracted more than 900 competitors and closed out a busy weekend of competition for UC Davis which also sent a contingent on Thursday and Friday to the Mt. SAC Relays in Southern California.

Emily Bush’s school record in the pole vault highlighted seven combined wins for the UC Davis men’s and women’s track and field teams at the annual Woody Wilson Classic held during Picnic Day activities on the Aggie campus Saturday afternoon.

Anthony Masci highlighted the men’s distance race for the Gauchos in the 3,000m steeplechase and clocked in 9:04.52 for a new personal best time, placing eighth out of 24 runners.  Andrea Jacobs led the women with her time of 10:42.60 in the 3,000m steeplechase finishing 11th out of 17 runners in the college division.

For Cal Poly, Whitney Sisler cleared 5-feet, 10.75-inches without a miss in winning the high jump in the university/open division on Friday.  She cleared every height on her first attempt until the next height.
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.