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Big West Teams Flock To So Cal Based Meets


2017 Track and Field Release No. 6

The Pacific Coast Intercollegiate and Beach Invitational (Long Beach), Mt. SAC Relays (Torrance) and Bryan Clay Invitational (Azusa) are drawing the majority of Big West track and field student-athlete participation this week.


So Cal Becomes Hub For Track And Field Meets:
All nine Big West schools participate in meets this week with most of the action central to the southern California area.  Several schools are competing in the Mt. SAC Relays, Bryan Clay Invitational and the California Invitational Combined Events.  Long Beach State hosts a pair of meets in the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate and Beach Invitational.  CSUN is the one outlier, traveling to the Lone Star State to battle at the Texas Invitational in Austin.

Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Features Top Notch Competition: The Long Beach State track and field team hosts the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate at Jack Rose Track on Thursday.  The meet features some of the top teams in the country including No. 4 Alabama (men)/No. 18 Alabama (women), No. 4 USC (women)/No. 11 USC (men), No. 13 Washington (women), No. 18 UCLA (men) and No. 25 Colorado State (men).  The Long Beach State men are the highest ranked squad in the Big West, sitting 64th out of nearly 200 Division I schools.  The Beach men just came off a solid performance at last week’s Big West Challenge, in which they won the meet for the 10th year in a row.

National Rankings Feature Big West Athletes: A number of Big West athletes are ranked nationally in the top 25 according to the Track and Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS). 

• UC Irvine senior Lloyd Sicard is 11th in the country in the 110-meter hurdles (13.74).
• Long Beach State junior Vincent Calhoun ranks No. 18 in the high jump (7-01.00).
• Long Beach State sophomore Kemonie Briggs ranks No. 2 in the long jump (26-02.75).
• Cal State Fullerton junior Anthony Applequist is No. 21 in the triple jump (51-02.75).
• UC Riverside senior Carl Nahigian has the 17th-farthest throw in the shot put (61-06.75).
• Long Beach State sophomore Josh Carr is No. 20 in the discus (186-00).
• Beach teammates Robert Marlow and James Hubbard rank No. 15 and No. 23 in the hammer with marks of 219-07 and 217-03, respectively.
• UC Irvine junior Persis William-Mensah is tied for No. 25 in the 100-meters with a top time of 11.44.
• UC Santa Barbara junior Jenna Hinkle owns the No. 10 time in the 1,500-meters at 4:16.62.
• Cal Poly sophomore Peyton Bilo is 10th in the 5,000-meters in 15:52.01.
• UC Irvine senior Megan George is tied for No. 23 in the 100-meter hurdles at 13.37.
• UC Irvine sophomore Barbara Coward ranks No. 13 in the discus with a top throw of 180-08.
• In the hammer, CSUN senior Monique Griffiths and Long Beach State junior De’Ondra Young are ranked No. 13 and No. 23 with marks of 207-01 and 201-06, respectively.
• Long Beach State senior Riley Cooks is No. 13 in the heptathlon with 5,432 points.

Big West Challenge Revisited: At last week’s Big West Challenge hosted by Long Beach State, a total of 14 new conference top marks were established, eight on the men’s side and six on the women’s.

Big West Track & Field Championship Comes To Cal State Fullerton: Cal State Fullerton will host the Big West Track and Field Championships for the first time since 1999.  The Titan Track Complex will be home to the multi-events portion of the meet (May 5-6) and the full portion (May 12-13).