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Track & Field

Long Trips Ahead For Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State Squads

4/23/2014

Track and Field Weekly Release No. 8

Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State seek top performances at a couple of prestigious meets this week as the Titans are headed to the Penn Relays with the 49ers entered in the Drake Relays.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State Squads Pack Their Suitcases: The Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach State track and field squads make the furthest journeys in the conference this week.  The Titans head to Philadelphia, Pa. to participate in the Penn Relays, while the 49ers compete in the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.  Other teams in action include UC Davis, which makes the short trek to the Bay Area to face competition at the Cal-hosted Brutus Hamilton Invitational.  Meanwhile, Cal Poly and Cal State Northridge head to the Bulldog Invitational in Fresno, while LBSU and UC Riverside send representatives to the Triton Invitational.

Strong Performances Highlight Various Meet Action: Big West student-athletes turned in several sterling performances at various meets last week.

Cal Poly senior Chris Frias ran a 13:59.80 in the 5,000-meters at the Mt. SAC Relays, which was a personal-best and ranked No. 5 all-time on the school’s top performances list.  More impressively, Frias ran the majority of the race with one shoe.  He was unheeled during the second lap.

UC Riverside senior Caleb Stuart continued his stranglehold on the hammer throw.  He finished in 10th place of the Elite Division at the Mt. SAC Relays with a toss of 217-05 (66.26m).  He leads the Big West by more than 20 feet in the event.  His toss of 220-7 at the UCR Spring Break Invitational on March 27 ranks No. 11 in the nation.

UC Santa Barbara sophomore Tori Usgaard excelled in the heptathlon at the multi-event portion of the Mt. SAC Relays.  Her score of 4,968, the third-best in school history, was fueled by a lifetime-best performance in the 100 hurdles (14.28) and 800-meters (2:16).

Hawai‘i senior Kaleigh Morrison blossomed at the California Heptathlon.  She placed eighth with a personal-best 5,186 points, which ranks No. 2 in school history and as the top mark in the Big West this season.  Morrison achieved five PR’s in the seven events.  On Day 1, she turned in PR’s in the high jump (5-7.75) and 200-meters (26.35) while turning in a PR first day score of 3,075 points.  On Day 2, she notched PR’s in all three events, including a long jump mark of 18-10, a javelin throw of 124-8 and an 800-meters time of 2:28.58.

At the Long Beach State-hosted Beach Invitational, the 49ers witnessed junior Fatima Vergara win the hammer throw with a toss of 187-5, outperforming a field of 45 competitors.  She is No. 1 in the Big West in the event, and is nationally ranked in the event – No. 41 – with her throw of 192-02 at the March 15 Ben Brown Invitational.

NATIONAL TOP 25 RANKINGS MEN (Big West only)
Event Name School Time/Mark Rank Meet Date
800M Chris Low LBSU 1:48.30 No. 16 Stanford Invitational 4/4
1500M Shyan Vaziri UCSB 3:42.44 No. 10 Bryan Clay Invitational 4/18
10000M Chris Frias CP 28:45.60 No. 9 Stanford Invitational 4/4
Long Jump Willie Alexander LBSU 25-5.25 No. 8 Mt. SAC Relays 4/17
  Ted Hooper UCR 25-3.5 No. 10 UCR Spring Break Invitational 3/27
Discus Jason Harrell LBSU 191-9 No. 17 Anteater Four-Way Meet 3/15
  Jacob Fraser LBSU 189-5 No. 22 Cal-Nevada Championships 4/4
Hammer Caleb Stuart UCR 220-7 No. 11 UCR Spring Break Invitational 3/27
               
NATIONAL TOP 25 RANKINGS WOMEN (Big West only)
Event Name School Time/Mark Rank Meet Date
100M Ashley Marshall UCD 11.32 No. 13 Bobcat Invitational 3/27
3000 Steeple Diana George CP 10:15.93 No. 18 Stanford Invitational 4/4
Javelin Lacey Surak UCI 166-0 No. 19 Beach Invitational 4/19
                                                                                        
Big West Track & Field Chamionship Heads To Davis: UC Daivs will host the 2014 Big West Track and 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 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.

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