Cal Poly Seniors Break CP Records, Irvine Hosts Big West Challenge Cup
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Everything’s Better At The Beach: The Long Beach State men claimed the team title at the Cal-Nevada Championships with 164.5 points. Jacob Fraser led the 49ers with his second individual win of the weekend in the discus throw with a personal-best in the discus throw with a mark of 198-05. While it was a PR, Fraser’s mark also ranks wighth in program history. Teammate Jason Harrell finished just behind Fraser with a toss of 189-01. Sophomore Willie Alexander claimed the long jump title Friday and placed second in the triple jump with a 48-00.75 finish. Further widening the gap between Long Beach and runner-up UC San Diego came in the forl of Dylan McCloskey who won the 400m with a time of 48.30 seconds.
Writing Records, Taking Names: Cal Poly senior Chris Frias ran a 28:45.60 in the 10,000 meters to break a 31-year-old record set in 1983. Frias’ time ranks ninth in the nation after the senior shaved over 47 seconds off of his best time from his junior campaign. Making it the second CP record to be shattered last week, fellow Mustang senior Diana George finished the 3,000 steeplechase in 10:15.93 to claim the No. 1 spot in the Cal Poly record book after beating out a three-year-old mark of 10:17.24 that previously held the title. George’s time also ranks nationally, coming in at No. 11.
FRESH Finishes: UC Irvine freshman Lloyd Sicard captured first place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.60 in the Cal/Nevada Championships Saturday. Sicard earned 29 points for the ’Eaters as UCI finished in fifth place with 68 points in the 23-team field.
Irvine Host to Big West Chappenge Cup: UC Irvine will host the 22nd annual Big West Chappenge Cup at Anteater Stadium in Irvine, Friday. The field will consist of participants from Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara in addition to the Anteaters. Seniors will also be recognized on Friday evening at 8:45pm.
CSUN Hurdles Into Finals: Cal State Northridge Hurdlers Stephanie Hicks and Mearie Veale advanced to the 100 meter hurdle finals in Stanford last weekend. Hicks finished seventh with a season-best 14.06 whille Veale did not finish. Veale had previously run 14.00 in the prelims for her second-best time of the season.
Big West Track & Field Championship Heads To Davis: UC Davis will host the 2014 Big West Track & Field Championships with the multi-events on May 9-10 and will continue with the bulk of the events on May 16-17.
Recapping the 2013 Big West Championships: The Long Beach State men and the UC Davis women captured the 2013 Big West Track & Field titles on the final day of competition at Cal State Northridge’s Matador Track & Field Complex. UC Davis pulled away from UC Santa Barbara for its second consecutive team title after dominating performances from the Aggie sprinters and distance runners to score 172.50 points. UCD claimed victories in the steeplechase, 10,000 meters, 1,500 meters, 100 meter hurdles, 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 800 meters and 4x400 meter relay.
On the men’s side of things, the 49ers claimed their seventh team title and third in the last six years. LBSU’s seven titles ties with former member Utah State for the third-most in Big West history. Led by throwers, 82.5 of the team’s 176.5 points originated with the field contingent to help bolster the 49ers over UC Santa Barbara who finished with 152 points. Cal Poly came in third with an 146-point total.