Track and Field Championships Begin With Multi-Events
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2017 Track and Field Release No. 8
Thirty-three athletes will participate in the heptathlon and decathlon to begin the multi-events portion of the 2017 Big West Track and Field Championships at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Track Complex this weekend.
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
Multi-Events Kick Off Big West Championships: Cal State Fullerton hosts the multi-events portion of the 2017 Big West Track and Field Championships this week at the Titan Track Complex, as the heptathlon and decathlon events begin Friday.
The heptathlon starts at 1:00 p.m. with 17 entries representing seven different schools. The field includes defending Big West champion Riley Cooks of Long Beach State, who became the school’s first winner since Ami Goldhammer in 2004. Cooks compiled 5,414 points on the strength of event victories in the 100-meter hurdles, 200-meters and javelin.
Friday’s schedule begins with the 100m hurdles, followed by the high jump, shot put and 200 meters. The competition closes on Saturday, beginning at noon with the long jump, javelin and 800 meters. Cooks will face a tough road to repeating. UC Riverside sophomore Tayler Fleming and UC Santa Barbara teammates Hope Bender and Tori Usgaard finished second through fourth in last year’s standings, respectively. All topped the 5,000 point mark.
Usgaard is the Big West’s top performer in the heptathlon this season, posting 5,551 points at the CA Invitational Multi-Events on Apr. 12. Cooks is No. 2 on the list with a season-best 5,432 points at the UCR Spring Track Classic on Mar. 23. Bender (5,212) and Fleming (5,131) also had high-scoring competitions.
Usgaard’s total is tied for No. 14 in the country, while Cooks is No. 20 on the national list.
Leading the field of 16 entries for the decathlon is Big West defending champion Tyler Nelson of UC Santa Barbara. The junior will be making his season debut in the event at the Big West meet. In 2016, he scored 7,220 points to nip Long Beach State’s Herman Day, who had 7,198. Nelson trailed Day going into the final event, the 1,500 meters, but picked up a 44-point advantage thanks to a runner-up finish to take the dramatic win.
Other returners from last year’s top 10 to battle Nelson and Day include Cal Poly senior Teddy Scranton, Kyle Clancy of UC Davis, and CSUN teammates Taylor Cudequest and Re’Quan Harley. However, the two current leaders in the Big West standings are also entered in this event – Long Beach State junior Cole Hicks and UC Santa Barbara junior Jeff Lam. Hicks tallied 6,826 points on Mar. 23 at the UCR Spring Track Classic, while Lam collected 6,616 at the Northridge Multi’s on Mar. 16.
Impressive Results Continue To Take Place: The Big West top marks list changed with last week’s competitions as eight men’s and two women’s events improved their top times and marks. UC Irvine senior Lloyd Sicard ran a lifetime-best 11.55 (3.3 wind) in the 110-meter hurdles at the Steve Scott Invitational to move up to No. 8 nationally. Long Beach State junior Vincent Calhoun cleared 7-02.50 in the high jump to win the Steve Scott Invitational, a mark that ties him No. 8 in the NCAA.
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). The final day of the competition on Saturday, May 13 will be televised on FOX Sports Prime Ticket beginning at 2:00 p.m.