Five More Big West Athletes Qualify For Nationals
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The Big West had another successful day at the Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary as five athletes delivered NCAA-qualifying performances at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.
The quintet advanced to next month's NCAA Championship in Eugene, Ore. for an opportunity to compete for a national championship. They are as follows:
Monique Griffiths, CSUN (Discus)
Griffiths posted a career-best discus throw of 175-06 to finish 12th overall, right above the cut line, to earn the final berth to Eugene. The senior qualified for her second event at nationals after finishing fourth in the hammer competition on Thursday.
Erinn Beattie, UC Davis (High Jump)
The sophomore tied for ninth overall with a clearance of 5-10.50 in the high jump. The top 12 high jumpers advanced to Eugene. She succesfully navigated that height on her final attempt, the only Aggie to do so in school history. Beattie set the school record of 5-10.75 at the Big West Championships on May 12.
Lexis Lambert, CSUN (400 Meters)
Senior Lexis Lambert, who has represented CSUN at the NCAA meet in both 4x100 and 4x400 relays, advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time in the 400 meters. The Big West champion clocked 52.82 seconds to finish ninth overall – and third in heat one – to qualify. The top three finishers in each of the three quarterfinal heats, plus the next three fastest times punched their ticket to Eugene. Lambert ran her second sub-53 second race of 2017 as she had a career-best 52.36 at the Big West Championships on May 13.
Rianna Goins, UC Davis (800 Meters)
Goins joined Lauren Wallace as the only Aggies to qualify for the NCAA 800 meters final as she ran a personal best 2 minutes, 5.42 seconds for a ninth place overall finish. However, she placed fourth in her heat, waiting to see if she would have one of the three fastest at-large times that would qualify her for nationals. Five runners went 2:05.30 or faster in the second heat, but the heat three winner posted a 2:05.72, giving the senior the final spot in the NCAA's.
Isaiah Jewett, UC Irvine (800 Meters)
Jewett, a sophomore, advanced to the NCAA's in his first year of running the 800 meters. He placed second in his heat and 10th overall in 1:48.40 – his third sub-1:49 race of the season – and became the first Anteater since Charles Jock in 2012 to reach nationals in the 800m. Jewett led comfortably for a majority of the race until Minnesota's Nate Roese caught him down the backstretch to finish just ahead in 1:48.39. Jewett came tantalizingly close to breaking his career-best of 1:48.22 set at the adidas/Steve Scott Invitational on April 29.
The Big West now has seven athletes competing in eight events at Tracktown USA. The final day of the West Preliminary on Saturday in Austin presents additional opportunities to expand on that number.
Six athletes moved one step closer on Friday to achieving a place in Eugene.
UC Irvine senior Megan George and CSUN sophomore Sydney Mosley advanced out of the first round of the 100 meter hurdles and into Saturday's quarterfinals as two of the top-24 finishers. George was 18th overall – fourth in her heat – matching her season-best time of 13.45. Mosley ran a career-best 13.51 seconds to finish seventh in heat two. Both George and Mosley achieved one of the six fastest at-large times to qualify for Saturday's quarterfinals at 5:05 p.m. (PT).
Two competitors moved on from the first round of the 110 meter hurdles and into the quarterfinals. Three-time 110mH champion Lloyd Sicard of UC Irvine won his heat in 13.77 seconds and finished sixth overall to carve out a spot in Saturday's 5:20 p.m. (PT) quarterfinal race. CSUN junior Joshua Turner finished in a career-best 14.07 seconds for fourth place in his heat. The top three finishers in each of six heats automatically qualified for the quarterfinals, plus the next six fastest times. Turner succeeded in nabbing the third of those at-large bids.
A pair of CSUN 200 meters competitors also advanced into the quarterfinals, as Marie Veale and Lambert finished among the top 24. Veale sprinted to a career-best 23.21 to place third in her heat and automatically qualify. She was 19th overall. Lambert also achieved an AQ as she finished third in her heat in 23.36 seconds, and 19th overall.
Day three of the meet starts at 11:00 a.m. (PT) Saturday with the men's discus. The first track event begins at 4:00 p.m. (PT) with the women's 4x100 relay as CSUN and UC Davis both have quartets entered in that race.