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Track and Field Teams Flock To Beach Invitational, Mt. SAC Relays


Track And Field Weekly Release No. 7

A busy week of track and field is ahead with Big West track and field squads participating in the Beach Invitational, Mt. SAC Relays and Bryan Clay Invitational, among others.


Busy Week Ahead In Track And Field:
All Big West track and field squads are in action this week at various meets around the southern California area.  Representatives from each school are participating in the Mt. SAC Relays with others slated for meets such as the California Invitational Decathlon and Heptathlon, the Bryan Clay Invitational and the Long Beach State-hosted Beach Invitational.  The 20th annual Beach Invitational will be hosted at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif.

Long Beach State Sweeps Big West Challenge Cup: The Long Beach State track and field team won both the men’s and women’s Big West Challenge Cup titles at Anteater Stadium last weekend.  The 22nd annual four-team meet also featured Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara and host UC Irvine. The Long Beach State men collected 194.5 points to win the meet for the seventh straight year, while the women gathered 194 points.

LBSU posted individual victories in 13 different events.  Senior Adam Bianchessi, who returned from elbow surgery 11 months ago, competed in his first meet of the year and won the javelin competition with a throw of 199-11.  Sophomore Michael Perez-Rogers set two meet records.  His 46.77 time in the 400 meters tied the meet record set by former 49er and three-time NCAA 200m All-American Brent Gray (2008).  Perez-Rogers also ran a leg on the 4x400 relay team, which finished first in 3:10.75 and erased the previous meet record of 3:11.29 set by UC Santa Barbara in 2012.  On the women’s side, senior Jasmyne Davis claimed victories in the long jump (18-03.75) and triple jump (37-10.00), and junior Kayla Goosby moved onto the school’s all-time top-10 list with a winning time of 24.35 in the 200 meters.

The meet featured a number of other strong performances.  The Cal State Fullerton women’s 4x100-meter relay quartet of Ashley Sims, Alexandria Stewart, Katie Wilson, and Destinee Brown recorded a meet record time of 45.72.  Senior Jasmyne Davis was a double winner for the Titans in the long jump and triple jump.  UC Santa Barbara junior Shyan Vaziri won his fourth straight race in the 800 meters, posting a personal-best 1:50.08.  UC Irvine junior Itos Aikhionbare won two events for the fourth time this season as she captured first in the shot put (50-5.25) and the discus throw (160-11).

Bennett Records PR In Decathlon:
Cal Poly junior Devin Bennett finished second in the decathlon with a personal-best score of 7,069 points at the Sacramento State Mid-Major Challenge Multi’s.  The mark ranked No. 5 in school history, and is currently 11th-best in the West Region and No. 17 in the country.

UC Riverside Jumpers And Throwers Excel: UC Riverside had a solid showing at the 35th annual Sun Angel Track Classic hosted by Arizona State with the jumpers and throwers making the most noise.  Senior Ted Hooper won the “Premiere” long jump competition as he cleared 24-3.50, while freshman Jacquelyn DuBois had a personal-best leap of 39-11.25 to move into the No. 3 spot on the school’s Top Performers List.  Senior Caleb Stuart racked up a victory in the “Premiere” division of the  hammer throw with a toss of 215-02.

Recapping The 2013 Big West Championships: The Long Beach State men and the UC Davis women captured the 2013 Big West Track and Field titles on the final day of competition at Cal State Northridge’s Matador Track and 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.  The Aggies 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 the throwers, 82.5 of the team’s 176.5 points originated with the field contingent to help bolster the 49ers over UC Santa Barbara, which finished with 152 points.  Cal Poly came in third with a 146-point total.