Track and Field Competition Takes Place Near and Far This Week
Track and Field Weekly Release No. 5
With Big West teams competing in meets as close as California and Arizona, and as far away as Florida, the competition heats up as athletes seek qualifying marks for next month's conference championship meet.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Big West Schools Travel To Sun Angel Classic: UC Davis and UC Riverside are traveling to the 34th Annual Sun Angel Classic at Arizona State. The Sun Angel Classic is one of the biggest meets in Arizona, and features top competition from around the country. The Aggies are sending 13 women and seven men to Arizona State. Among the Aggie competitors is 100-meter school record holder Melanise Chapman, who lowered her mark at the Stanford Invitational last weekend with a time of 11.61.
The Highlanders are sending a contingent to Arizona State as well. A total of 16 women and 14 men have posted qualifying marks for next month’s Big West Championships, including Amber Wright, who has qualified in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay. Senior Damajeria DuBose competed well at last year’s Sun Angel Classic as she finished second in the women’s 800m with a mark of 2:09.08.
Cal State Fullerton Heads Across Country To Pepsi Florida Relays: Cal State Fullerton makes the cross country trek to Gainesville, Fla. to participate in the 69th Annual Pepsi Florida Relays, hosted by the University of Florida. The Titans are sending a small group of six athletes to compete in seven different events. Katie Wilson, who owns a time of 55.33 in the 400m, ranks second in the Big West. The Titans men are led by Javon May’s time of 53.29 in the 400m hurdles, a mark set at last weekend’s Cal/Nevada Championship that rates as the third-best performance in the Big West this season.
Schools Line Up For Multi-Event Meets: In anticipation of the first leg of the Big West Track and Field Championship, the multi-events on May 3-4, a few conference teams get some additional preparation this week. Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara will send participants to the Sam Adams Multi’s hosted at Westmont College. The high-powered event includes top collegians, American elites and international performers at one of the premier multi-event competitions in America. This year’s Sam Adams combined event will feature four Olympians and the world record holder and reigning Olympic champion in the decathlon, Ashton Eaton. UCSB has a top competitor in senior Derek Masterson, who notched a lifetime best 7,558 points at last year’s Sam Adams Multi. Masterson went on to compete at the NCAA Championship. Cal State Northridge will make an appearance at the Jim Click Multi-Events in Tucson, Ariz.
Hawai’i Hosts Rainbow Relays: The Hawai’i women’s track and field program returns home to host the Rainbow Relays this weekend. The Rainbow Relays is an all-comers event with open and invitational divisions. The event started in 1924 and lasted for more than 50 years until UH dropped the men’s track and field program in 1976. With the return of women’s track and field in 2000, the Rainbow Relays was reintroduced several years ago. The Rainbow Wahine has been led by senior Amanda Alvarez, who established the school’s triple jump record for the second consecutive week, and earned Field Athlete of the Week accolades for those performances.
Recapping The 2012 Big West Championships: The UC Davis women and UC Santa Barbara men captured the first team titles in their program histories to highlight action at the 2012 Big West Track and Field Championships. The Aggies won by just one-half point over runner-up UC Santa Barbara – 170-169.50 – helped by first place finishes in the 100m and 200m by Melanise Chapman. Sarah Sumpter also helped UCD with her second meet record at the championships, running a 16:35.07 in the 5,000 meters and erasing the old mark of 16:38.19 held by Beth McGrann in 1989.
UC Santa Barbara outdistanced runner-up Long Beach State by 29 points to capture the men’s title. The marquee event involved the Gauchos as Ryan Martin lined up against rival Charles Jock of UC Irvine in the 800 meters. Jock won by a narrow two one-hundredths of a second at the finish line in a memorable race by two of the top runners in the country.
Big West Track & Field Championship Heads To Northridge: After a two-year stint at UC Irvine, the 2013 Big West Track and Field Championships head to Cal State Northridge. The 2013 championship begins with the multi-events on May 3-4 and continues with the bulk of the events on May 10-11.