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Track & Field

Big West Championships Continue at Jack Rose Track

Links associated with this release:
2016 Track and Field Championships Central

5/12/2016

Track and Field Weekly Release No. 8  |  Championship Program Heat Sheets

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With the Multi-Events portion complete, the main program for the 2016 Big West Track and Field Championships gets underway at Long Beach State's Jack Rose Track on Friday.

Big West Championships Continue At Jack Rose Track
The main meet of the 2016 Big West Track and Field Championship takes place May 13-14 at Long Beach State’s Jack Rose Track.  The host 49er men are seeking their fourth consecutive title, and striving to become the first program to do so since Fresno State won a whopping 10 straight championships from 1983-92.  LBSU is second all-time in Big West history with nine men’s titles, including six in the last 10 years.

On the women’s side, CSUN owns a record nine Big West titles, and aims to repeat after winning the 2015 crown, the first in four seasons.  The 212 points the Matadors scored last year was the most by a winning squad since former member Idaho tallied 213 in 2003.

Fox Sports Prime Ticket will showcase the final day of the track and field championship for the fourth straight year.  The regional telecast home of the Big West will air the competition from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday with Justin Alderson (play-by-play), Milena Glusac (analyst) and Lindsey Thiry (sideline) calling the action.

Event Champions Look To Repeat
A number of athletes are hoping to repeat as champion in respective events from the 2015 meet.  In addition, Cal Poly’s Nick Woolf is seeking to become just the second three-time champion in the 3,000 men’s steeplechase, although he did not win the event in 2015.  Woolf won in 2013 (9:01.33) and 2014 (8:55.97).  Those who won at last year’s championship, and are currently ranked No. 1 in the Big West this season are as follows:

WOMEN
Name, School Event 2015 Winning Mark Top 2016 Mark
Megan George, UC Irvine 100 Meter Hurdles 13.51 13.28
Erika Barr, UC Davis 3,000 Steeplechase 10:47.13 10:08.63
Jessica Emde, UC Santa Barbara High Jump 5-10.5 5-10
                                          
MEN
Name, School Event 2015 Winning Mark Top 2016 Mark
Lloyd Sicard, UC Irvine 100 Meter Hurdles 14.05 13.70
Michael Montgomery, Long Beach State Pole Vault 17-9 17-5.75
Willie Alexander, Long Beach State Long Jump 25-5.5 25-10
                                       
Long Beach State Field Contingent Makes Huge Impact
The last two Big West men’s championships have featured some impressive performances from the Long Beach State field contingent.  In 2015, a 49er finished first or second in all of the eight disciplines, and placed one-two in three of them (pole vault, triple jump, discus).  The 49ers accumulated 116 of their 185 winning point total last year thanks to a scoring breakdown that featured the following: hammer (15 points); long jump (16); shot put (13); high jump (5.5); javelin (8); pole vault (22.5); triple jump (18); and discus (18).  The 2014 men’s field contingent tallied 113.5 of the school’s record total 218.5 points.
   
Big West Represented On National Leaders List
Several Big West athletes have posted national leading marks in 2016.  They are as follows:

WOMEN
Erika Barr, UC Davis – 3000 Steeple (10:08.63, Stanford Invitational, Apr. 1 - No. 21)
Tayler Fleming, UC Riverside – Long Jump (20-11.75, Big West Multi Championship, May 6 – No. 16)
Breana Jemison, UC Riverside – Shot Put (54-3.75, UC Riverside Spring Break Invite, Mar. 24 - No. 25)
Brianna Cueva, CSUN – Discus (179-11, Trojan Invitational, Mar. 18 - No. 20)
Riley Cooks, Long Beach State – Heptathlon (5569, UC Riverside Spring Break Invite, Mar. 24 - No. 18)

MEN
Lloyd Sicard, UC Irvine – 110H (13.70, Steve Scott Invitational, Apr. 29 - No. 15)
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. 19)
Conner Rouse, Long Beach State – Pole Vault (17-5.75, Beach Pacific Coast, Apr. 14 - No. 19)
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. 23)
Herman Day, Long Beach State – Decathlon (7249, UC Riverside Spring Break Invite, Mar. 24 - No. 23)
Tyler Nelson, UC Santa Barbara – Decathlon (7220, Big West Multi Championship, May 6 - No. 24)

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.

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