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Track & Field

Track and Field Championship Begins This Weekend at UCR With Multis

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2015 Big West Track and Field Championships Central

5/8/2015

Track and Field Weekly Release No. 7

Big West Combined Entries List

The decathlon and heptathlon competitions signal the beginning of the 2015 Big West Track and Field Championships at UC Riverside Friday and Saturday, while the Long Beach State men and UC Davis women attempt to defend their crowns during next weekend's main meet.

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BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

Multi-Events Begin 2015 Big West Championship at UC Riverside:
A first-time host of the Big West Track and Field Championships, UC Riverside welcomes all conference competitors to the UCR Track Facility for two weekends worth of excitement and anticipation.  This weekend features the multi-events portion (decathlon and heptathlon) Friday and Saturday, while the bulk of the meet will take place on May 15 and 16.

Sixteen entries for the decathlon and 18 for the heptathlon will compete for the crown.  Friday’s decathlon events include the 100-meters, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400-meters, while the 110 meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meters are on tap for Saturday’s schedule.  In the heptathlon, the 100 meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200-meters take center stage Friday, with the long jump, javelin and 800-meters closing out Saturday’s heptathlon competition.

Most schools are represented in both multi-event competitions.  The leading points getter in the heptathlon is UC Riverside senior Danielle Littleton, who totalled 5,074 points at the UCR Spring Classic Invitational on March 26.  In fact, the top three point totals in the heptathlon this season were attained at that same event.  Cal State Fullerton senior Taylor Frank posted 4,672 points, while Highlander junior Jazmine Harper was third with 4,380.  Other competitors who have topped 4,000 points this season include UC Santa Barbara freshman Lolene Swallow (4,122, Westmont Collegiate Classic, Mar. 21), Cal Poly sophomore Jessica Rasmussen (4,104, Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational, Apr. 3) and Hawai‘i sophomore Felicianna Vazquez (4,038, California Invitational Multi Events, Apr. 15).  Littleton was the runner-up in the heptathlon at last year’s championship, while CSUN junior Olympia Jewett, who also is competing in this year’s field, was sixth.

The decathlon appears as if the outcome could be decided with the last event.  The top four point producers in the conference are within 178 points of each other.  UC Santa Barbara sophomore Darion Williams leads all competitors with 6,578 points, which he attained at the California Invitational Multi-Events on Apr. 15.  Prior to that, Cal Poly sophomore Teddy Scranton was the leader as he collected 6,555 at the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational on Apr. 3.  Another Gaucho in the mix for the title is fellow sophomore Zach Tombol.  His best performance also came at the California Invite (6,411).  Long Beach State junior Cameron Pizzica, who placed seventh at the 2014 meet, had his best performance at the UCR Spring Classic Invite with 6,400.  Freshman Connor Higgins of LBSU, and UCSB teammates Ike Okpara and Jeff Oechsli also have topped 6,000 this season.  In addition, Cal State Fullerton senior Alexander Ostrowski makes his season debut in the decathlon after finishing fourth at the conference meet in 2014 with 6,286 points.

National Marks Posted By Big West Athletes: The latest TFRRS rankings show several Big West representatives have turned in performances worthy of top 25 national rankings.  UC Davis senior sprinter Ashley Marshall is the highest ranked Big West athlete – men or women – in any event.  She posted a time of 11.22 at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 16 that ranks No. 6 nationally.  A handful of seniors rank within the top 25 after delivering impressive efforts earlier this season.  UC Santa Barbara’s Thomas Gore-Schreck heaved the javelin a distance of 234 feet, 3 inches at the Big West Challenge to rank No. 15 nationally.  Raquel Lambdin of UC Davis also sits at No. 15 in the 800-meters after clocking 2:04.96 at the Mt. SAC Relays.  Long Beach State’s Chris Low is No. 16 in the country in the 800m following his 1:47.56 performance at the Stanford Invitational.  In all, 11 athletes are ranked top 25 in 12 different events.

NATIONAL TOP 25 RANKINGS MEN (Big West only)
Event Name School Time/Mark Rank Meet Date
800M Chris Low LBSU 1:47.56 No. 16 Stanford Invitational 4/3
110 Hurdles Lloyd Sicard UCI 13.78 No. 21 Mt. SAC Relays 4/16
3000 Steeple Nick Woolf CP 8:48.91 No. 21 Stanford Invitational 4/3
Long Jump Willie Alexander LBSU 25-02.00 No. 17 Cal Opener 3/7
Triple Jump Ryan Sanders LBSU 51-09.25 No. 21 Trojan Invitational 3/20
Javelin Thomas Gore-Schreck UCSB 234-03.00 No. 15 Big West Challenge 4/10
               
NATIONAL TOP 25 RANKINGS WOMEN (Big West only)
Event Name School Time/Mark Rank Meet Date
100M Ashley Marshall UCD 11.22 No. 6 Mt. SAC Relays 4/16
200M Ashley Marshall UCD 23.18 No. 18 Mt. SAC Relays 4/16
800M Raquel Lambdin UCD 2:04.96 No. 15 Mt. SAC Relays 4/16
3000 Steeple Erika Barr UCD 10:09.55 No. 21 Mt. SAC Relays 4/16
Shot Put Breana Jemison UCR 54-03.25 No. 18 Triton Invitational 4/24
Hammer Monique Griffiths CSUN 200-06.00 No. 22 UCR Spring Classic Invite 3/26

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