Big West Journeys To Tracktown USA For NCAA Championships
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NCAA Track and Field Championships Feature Six Big West Athletes
Six Big West athletes seek national champion status as the 2016 NCAA Track and Field Championship take place June 8-11 at the University of Oregon’s historic Hayward Field. This is the fourth straight year and the 14th time overall that the city of Eugene is hosting the event.
For the second straight year under the new format, the meet will be split into men’s and women’s competition days. The men will compete on Wednesday and Friday while the women will compete on Thursday and Saturday. The men’s decathlon will be contested Wednesday-Thursday with the women’s heptathlon Friday-Saturday.
The six Big West athletes heading to Tracktown USA are as follows:
Lloyd Sicard, UC Irvine – 110 Meter Hurdles
Robert Marlow, Long Beach State – Men’s Hammer
Fatima Vergara, Long Beach State – Women’s Hammer
Erika Barr, UC Davis – 3000 Meter Steeplechase
Jessica Emde, UC Santa Barbara – High Jump
Riley Cooks, Long Beach State – Heptathlon
The meet will be broadcast live on the ESPN family of networks. Wednesday’s action will air on ESPN2 from 4:30-8 p.m. PT. The first hour of Thursday’s competition can be seen on ESPNU from 4:30-5:30 p.m. PT before switching to ESPN from 5:30-8 p.m. ESPN will broadcast Friday’s action from 5:30-8 p.m. and Saturday’s from 3:30-6 p.m.
Sicard Makes Second Straight Trip To Nationals
UC Irvine junior Lloyd Sicard, the 2016 Big West Men’s Co-Track Athlete of the Year, makes his second straight appearance in the NCAA Track and Field Championships. In 2015, as a sophomore, Sicard finished 17th overall with a time of 13.75 seconds. Sicard sported the third-fastest time at the West Preliminary to automatically qualify for this year’s nationals, as he won his heat in a season-best 13.61.
Sicard posted his previous season-best time of 13.64 seconds at the Big West Championships to win gold in the 110 hurdles for the second straight year. The 2014 Big West Freshman of the Year, Sicard’s career-best of 13.60 was achieved at last year’s West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas.
Three Beach Athletes Head To Eugene
Long Beach State is sending half of the Big West contingent to the NCAA meet, with junior Riley Cooks (heptathlon), junior Robert Marlow (hammer) and senior Fatima Vergara (hammer) representing the black and gold. Cooks and Vergara are LBSU’s first women’s representatives at nationals since 2012. Cooks gives the program its first heptathlon competitior at the NCAA’s since Marion Reneau in 1999. Vergara is the first LBSU female to compete in the women’s hammer at nationals, while Marlow joins Colin Dunbar (2011) as the only two 49ers to participate in the hammer on the men’s side.
Emde Represents UC Santa Barbara At NCAA’s
Senior Jessica Emde carries the UC Santa Barbara flag into competition at this week’s national meet. She is the first Gaucho high jumper since Jane Doolittle earned All-American honors thanks to her fourth place finish in 2010. Emde, the two-time Big West champion, qualified for Eugene on the strength of tying for eighth place at the West Preliminary with a mark of 5-09.25.
Barr Continues Aggie Run Of National Qualifiers
UC Davis senior Erika Barr gets the chance to compete in her first NCAA Track and Field Championship thanks to finishing among the top 12 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the West Preliminary. Barr posted the 10th-fastest time in 10 minutes, 12.41 seconds as she came up just shy of her career-best 10:08.63 set at the Stanford Invitational.
Barr’s appearance continues a string of Aggie qualifiers in the NCAA Championship. It is the fifth straight year that at least one UC Davis athlete has reached the national meet. Barr follows Katie Fry (2013) as the second Aggie to compete in the steeplechase.
Big West Represented On National Leaders List
Several Big West athletes have posted national leading marks in 2016. They are as follows:
Tayler Fleming, UC Riverside – Long Jump (20-11.75, Big West Multi Championship, May 6 – No. 18)
Breana Jemison, UC Riverside – Shot Put (56-11.50, Big West Championship, May 13 - No. 8)
Brianna Cueva, CSUN – Discus (180-04, Big West Championships, May 13 - No. 19)
Riley Cooks, Long Beach State – Heptathlon (5569, UC Riverside Spring Break Invite, Mar. 24 - No. 23)
Lloyd Sicard, UC Irvine – 110H (13.64, Big West Championships, May 13 - No. 14)
Kemonie Briggs, Long Beach State – Long Jump (26-02.25, Big West Championships, May 13 – No. 4)
Willie Alexander, Long Beach State – Long Jump (25-10.25, Big West Championships, May 13 - No. 12)
James Hubbard, Long Beach State – Discus (190-2, Trojan Invitational, Mar. 18 - No. 20)
Robert Marlow, Long Beach State – Hammer (215-2, Trojan Invitational, Mar. 18 - No. 25)