Big West Sends 16 Individuals to NCAA Track and Field Championship
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Track and Field Weekly Release No. 11
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The 2017 NCAA Track and Field Championships begin Wednesday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., and 16 Big West individuals will be there seeking national titles.
NCAA Track and Field Championships Begin In Eugene: A total of 16 athletes and one relay team will represent the Big West at the 2017 NCAA Track and Field Championship in Eugene, Ore., which will be contested June 7-10 at the University of Oregon’s historic Hayward Field.
This is the fifth straight year and the 15th time overall that Oregon is hosting the event. The meet will be split into men’s and women’s competition days, with the men competing on Wednesday and Friday while the women will participate on Thursday and Saturday.
The meet will be broadcast live on the ESPN family of networks. Wednesday and Thursday’s action will air on ESPN2, Friday’s will be on ESPN and Saturday’s will appear on ESPN3.
The 16 Big West representatives advanced to Eugene on the basis of their performances at the West Preliminary in Austin, Texas, two weeks ago. Twelve individuals from each event in the west qualified for nationals, joining the 12 who advanced from the east regionals. The Big West participants are as follows:
Courtney Robinson/Asheley Bamberg/Lexis Lambert/Marie Veale, CSUN – 4x100 Relay
Monique Griffiths, CSUN – Hammer, Discus
Tayler Fleming, UC Riverside – Long Jump
Erinn Beattie, UC Davis – High Jump
Lexis Lambert, CSUN – 400 Meters
Rianna Goins, UC Davis – 800 Meters
Jenna Hinkle, UC Santa Barbara – 1500 Meters
Peyton Bilo, Cal Poly – 5000 Meters
Riley Cooks, Long Beach State – Heptathlon
Tori Usgaard, UC Santa Barbara – Heptathlon
Matthew Kuskey, UC Santa Barbara – Javelin
Isaiah Jewett, UC Irvine – 800 Meters
Vincent Calhoun, Long Beach State – High Jump
Lloyd Sicard, UC Irvine – 110 High Hurdles
Conference Record Holder Griffiths To Compete In Two Events: CSUN senior Monique Grifffiths is one of two Big West athletes competing in two events at the NCAA Championships. Matador teammate Lexis Lambert is a dual participant in the 400 meters and 4x100 relay. Griffiths established a new Big West meet and overall record with a heave of 215-11 (65.82m) in the hammer at the conference championship on May 12. She came close to that mark at the West Preliminary, finishing fourth overall with a top distance of 215-02. Griffiths also qualified for nationals in the discus after finishing 12th overall with a career-best throw of 175-06.
Sicard Looks To Hurdle Into Finals: UC Irvine senior Lloyd Sicard, a two-time Honorable Mention All-American in the 110 meter hurdles, makes his third straight trek to the NCAA Championships seeking national glory. The Big West champion for three straight years in the event, Sicard finished with the fourth-fastest West Preliminary time in 13.60 seconds, which matched his own school record. He is just the third individual in Big West history to win the event three times.
Cooks Returns To Heptathlon Event: The Big West will have two competitors in the heptathlon for the first time since 2010 as seniors Riley Cooks of Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara’s Tori Usgaard display their talents. Cooks is making her second trip to nationals after finishing 20th overall in 2016. She ranks No. 12 in the country this year with 5,671 points attained at the Big West Championship.
Big West Represented On National Leaders List: Several Big West athletes have posted national leading marks in 2017. They are as follows:
BIG WEST NATIONAL RANKINGS – TOP 25 ONLY
Name, School Event Time/Mark Rank Meet
Lexis Lambert, CSUN 400m 52.36 18 Big West Championship
Peyton Bilo, Cal Poly 5000m 15:52.01 16 Stanford Invitational
Brianna Cueva, CSUN Discus 184-00.00 14 Triton Invitational
Barbara Coward, UCI Discus 180-08.00 22 Ben Brown Invitational
Monique Griffiths, CSUN Hammer 215-11.00 6 Big West Championship
Riley Cooks, LBSU Heptathlon 5,671 points 12 Big West Multis
Tori Usgaard, UCSB Heptathlon 5,551 points 22 Big West Multis
Name, School Event Time/Mark Rank Meet
Lloyd Sicard, UCI 110mH 13.55 10 adidas/Steve Scott Invitational
Vincent Calhoun, LBSU High Jump 7-02.50 9 adidas/Steve Scott Invitational
Kemonie Briggs, LBSU Long Jump 26-02.75 8 Beach vs. UCLA Dual