Track and Field Championships Begin With Multi-Events
Links associated with this release:
2016 Track and Field Championships Central
Track and Field Weekly Release No. 7
Big West Combined Entries List
Long Beach State hosts the 2016 Big West Track and Field Championships at Jack Rose Track, welcoming 31 athletes to compete in the heptathlon and decathlon this Friday and Saturday.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Big West Championships Begin With Multi-Events: Long Beach State is set to host the 2016 Big West Track and Field Championships at its newly renovated facility, Jack Rose Track, and the first round of competition is this weekend with the heptathlon and decathlon.
The Multi-Events will be contested on Friday and Saturday – May 6-7 – with 17 entries for the heptathlon and 14 for the decathlon vying for their respective crowns. Friday’s heptathlon events include the 100 meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 meters, while the decathlon schedule incorporates the 100 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400m. On Saturday, the heptathlon concludes with the long jump, javelin and 800 meters, while the decathlon will contest the 110 meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500 meters.
A majority of schools are represented in both competitions. CSUN, which featured last year’s heptathlon champion Olympia Jewett and three others who finished among the top five, does not have an entry in this year’s event. The top returning finisher is UC Davis junior Tori Edwards, who placed fourth last year with 4,767 points.
The Big West leader in points is Long Beach State junior Riley Cooks, who totalled a school-record 5,569 at the UC Riverside Spring Break Invitational on Mar. 24. She is the top seed for the heptathlon. UC Riverside sophomore Tayler Fleming is the only other participant to exceed 5,000 points, as she collected 5,121 at the same meet as Cooks.
The 2015 decathlon champion, Darion Williams, returns to defend his crown for UC Santa Barbara. Williams edged Cal Poly’s Teddy Scranton by the slimmest of margins, 6,844 to 6,768 points, to take home the title. While he has not competed in a decathlon this year, and sparingly overall, Williams has set new personal bests in the high jump, shot put and long jump.
In addition to Scranton, the Mustangs look to accumulate key points from senior Devin Bennett and junior Ivy Adair. Bennett is the No. 2-ranked points getter in the decathlon with 7,118 at the Mt. SAC Relays on Apr. 13. Adair finished third at the 2015 championships.
However, the favorite’s tag goes to Long Beach State sophomore Herman Day. He ranks No. 20 nationally with his score of 7,249 points at the Mar. 24 UCR Spring Break Invite. That mark was a personal-best for him and ranked fourth in school history. Day has recorded lifetime bests in 11 different events this year. He finished fifth at last year’s championships with 6,394 points.
Big West Represented On National Leaders List: Several Big West athletes have posted national leading marks in 2016. They are as follows:
Erika Barr, UC Davis – 3000 Steeple (10:08.63, Stanford Invitational, Apr. 1 - No. 20)
Jessica Emde, UC Santa Barbara – High Jump (5-10, Bruin Legends Invite, Apr. 2 - No. 23)
Breana Jemison, UC Riverside – Shot Put (54-3.75, UC Riverside Spring Break Invite, Mar. 24 - No. 24)
Brianna Cueva, CSUN – Discus (179-11, Trojan Invitational, Mar. 18 - No. 19)
Riley Cooks, Long Beach State – Heptathlon (5569, UC Riverside Spring Break Invite, Mar. 24 - No. 17)
Lloyd Sicard, UC Irvine – 110H (13.70, Steve Scott Invitational, Apr. 29 - No. 14)
Nick Woolf, Cal Poly – 3000 Steeple (8:48.03, Stanford Invitational, Apr. 1 - No. 21)
Michael Montgomery, Long Beach State – Pole Vault (17-5.75, Beach Pacific Coast, Apr. 14 - No. 17)
Conner Rouse, Long Beach State – Pole Vault (17-5.75, Beach Pacific Coast, Apr. 14 - No. 17)
Willie Alexander, Long Beach State – Long Jump (25-10, Trojan Invitational, Mar. 18 - No. 12)
James Hubbard, Long Beach State – Discus (190-2, Trojan Invitational, Mar. 18 - No. 18)
Robert Marlow, Long Beach State – Hammer (215-2, Trojan Invitational, Mar. 18 - No. 22)
Kody Robison, Long Beach State – Hammer (214-1, Trojan Invitational, Mar. 18 - No. 25)
Herman Day, Long Beach State – Decathlon (7249, UC Riverside Spring Break Invite, Mar. 24 - No. 20)
Devin Bennett, Cal Poly – Decathlon (7118, California Invitational Multi Events, Apr. 13 - No. 25)
Renovated Jack Rose Track To Host Big West Championships: Long Beach State’s Jack Rose Track recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation that will allow the school to host the 2016 Big West Track and Field Championships in May on FOX Sports Prime Ticket. For the first time since 2005, the Beach will also be able to hold their annual home meet, the Beach Invitational, on campus. The centerpiece is the track, but when all phases are complete, the stadium will sport a seating capacity for 5,000 that ultimately will be able to host major invitational meets as well as the NCAA and U.S. Track and Field Championships.