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Big West Track & Field Championship Returns to Irvine

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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.

adidas/Steve Scott Invitational Recap :
The 18th annual adidas/Steve Scott Invitational was scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday (April 28-29) at UC Irvine’s Anteater Stadium. On Saturday, field events began at 2:00 p.m. with the first track event at 6:00 p.m.  Field and track events both begin at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.

UC Irvine senior Charles Jock took down a 10-year meet record in the 800 meters in the 18th annual adidas/Steve Scott Invitational at Anteater Stadium Sunday. Jock had a winning time of 1:46.59, breaking the previous meet record of 1:46.82 set by Khadevis Robinson in 2002. He also ran a 45.7 anchor leg on UCI’s winning 4x400 relay that posted a season-best time of 3:09.89.  Dominic Jester, Jacob Yowell and Chris Carson ran the first three legs of the relay.

Other top-10 finishes for UCI Sunday included Itos Aikhionbare placing third in the shot put with a mark of 44-1 ¼ and 10th in the discus throw (138-6), Sakia Sailinuu finishing seventh in the 800 meters (2:12.40), and Kelsi Sando’s ninth-place showing in the high jump at 5-1.

Raquel Hefflin and Damajeria Dubose finished first and second in the women’s 1,500m with times of 4:24.27 and 4:24.41. Alisha Brown’s time of 4:28.73 was good for fifth place.

The 49ers also added five Big West qualifying marks in their final meet before the conference championships. Rosa Del Toro established a school record in the women’s 1500m run to lead the Long Beach State track & field team on the final day of the Steve Scott Invitational at Anteater Stadium. Del Toro continued to etch her name in the program record books as she topped the LBSU all-time charts with a lifetime-best 4:24.97 in the 1500m.

UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly Dual: Senior Kyle Inks set a new personal-best in winning the pole vault in the dual meet with UC Santa Barbara on Saturday at the Cal Poly Track. UCSB  defeated Cal Poly in both the men’s and women’s competition. UCSB prevailed on the men’s side, 104-96 and defeated the Cal Poly women’s team, 116-86.

The Gaucho men and women both dominated in their first and only dual meet of the season against Cal Poly State University. Notable performances today were highlighted by Barbara Nwaba who competed in the 100m hurdles, high jump and javelin events, and winning all three in clear fashion.

The women’s and men’s 4x400m relay squad both beat out Cal Poly with the women finishing in 3:48.60 and the men in 3:15.80. In the 4x100m relay event, the women’s squad beat out Cal Poly while the men crossed the line nine-tenths of a second after the Cal Poly men’s 4x100m team.

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.