Big West Qualifies 100 Athletes For NCAA West Prelims
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The Big West will have 100 athletes competing at next week’s NCAA West Preliminary Championships in Austin, Texas, as the list of accepted entries was released today.
Forty-eight male athletes and 52 female comprise the conference contingent heading to Mike A. Myers Stadium for three days of competition, May 25-27. The top-12 finishers in each event will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 7-10.
CSUN is bringing the largest contingent – 19 individuals – with Long Beach State (17), UC Davis (15), Cal State Fullerton (12) and UC Santa Barbara (11) sending double-digit athletes. UC Irvine has nine participants, Cal Poly and UC Riverside are sending seven apiece, and the Hawai‘i women three.
Among the entries for the West Preliminary Round, which includes schools west of the Mississippi River, there are seven Big West athletes ranked in the top-10 regionally. Those are as follows:
• UC Irvine senior Lloyd Sicard is poised to make his fourth appearance at the West Prelims. He ranks No. 4 in the West in the 110-meter hurdles with a wind-aided personal-best 13.55, which he posted at the adidas/Steve Scott Invitational on April 29. Sicard became a three-time Big West champion in the 110m hurdles last weekend at Cal State Fullerton when he clocked in at 13.61 seconds. He is just the third three-time champion in the event, joining San Jose State’s Dede Cooper and CSUN’s Anthony Brown on the exclusive hist.
• Long Beach State junior Vincent Calhoun ranks No. 3 in the region – and No. 9 nationally – in the high jump with a top mark of 7 feet, 2.5 inches (2.20m). Calhoun finished second at the Big West Championships with a height of 6-11.50.
• Long Beach State sophomore Kemonie Briggs, the Big West Men’s Field Athlete of the Year, will compete in dual events as a qualifier in the long jump and 400-meters. The Long Beach product owns the No. 5 long jump effort in the region (No. 8 nationally) this year, a wind-aided distance of 26-02.75 which he set in the season opener. He owns the wind-legal school record of 26 feet set on April 14 at the Beach Invitational.
• The Beach has a third top-10 regionally ranked athlete in senior hammer thrower Robert Marlow. Marlow, who owns a mark of 219-07 (66.94m), ranks No. 8 in the west and No. 26 nationally. He sits third on the Long Beach State all-time list.
Three women’s standouts are perched in the West Region top-10.
• Cal Poly sophomore Peyton Bilo ran a career-best 15:52.01 in the 5,000-meters on March 31 at the Stanford Invitational. She just missed breaking the Big West overall record of 15:49.05 set by Alycia Cridebring of UC Davis in 2013. Bilo ranks No. 9 in the West Region.
• Two-time Big West discus champion Brianna Cueva competes for CSUN with a top distance of 184-0 (56.08m) set on April 21 at the Triton Invitational. Cueva posted a winning mark of 181-06 at the Big West Championship. Cueva, who also won the shot put competition at the conference meet, is one of seven Matadors who will compete in at least two events at the West Prelim Round. She is ranked No. 8 regionally in the discus.
• CSUN senior Monique Griffiths is tied with UCI’s Sicard for the highest regional ranking of any Big West male or female athlete. She moved up to No. 4 on the regional list – and No. 6 nationally – with a gargantuan throw at the Big West Championships. She established a new Big West meet and overall record with a heave of 215-11 (65.82m) at Titan Track Complex. That broke the previous meet record (206-03) and overall benchmark (213-10), both owned by UC Santa Barbara’s Amy Haapenen (2007). Griffiths will also participate in the discus at the West Prelims.