Jewett, Sicard, Kuskey Earn Second Team All-American Honors
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The Big West trio of Isaiah Jewett, Lloyd Sicard and Matthew Kuskey collected second-team All-America accolades on the first day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field Wednesday.
All three earned All-America status by virtue of placing among the top-16 in their respective events.
Jewett, a UC Irvine sophomore, posted a career-best time 1:47.43 in the men’s 800 meters to finish 11th overall. He placed fifth in the first semifinal heat. Ranked 22nd entering his first NCAA Championship meet, Jewett came up just .24 seconds short of the eighth and final qualifying time. The top-two finishers from each of the three heats plus the next two fastest times advanced to Friday’s finals.
Jewett eclipsed his previous best of 1:48.22, and moved past Steve Scott (1:47.6) for No. 2 on the Anteater all-time list in the 800. He now sits behind only Olympian and NCAA Champion Charles Jock.
Sicard concluded his decorated UCI career with his third consecutive NCAA Championship appearance in the men’s 110-meter hurdle semifinals. After placing 17th in his two previous trips to Eugene, Ore., Sicard moved up three spots to 14th as he clocked 13.70 seconds.
The senior finished fifth overall in his section, needing a top-two finish in his heat or one of the two next fastest at-large times to move onto the final. He came up short by .20 seconds, but earned All-America accolades for the third year in a row. He was an honorable mention All-America recipient in 2015 and 2016. Just the third three-time Big West champion in the 110H, Sicard leaves UCI as the school record holder at 13.60.
Kuskey, a UC Santa Barbara senior, exceeded his seed mark of 24 by nine places as he landed in 15th place overall with a final throw of 223-11 (68.25m) in the men’s javelin. That was the second-best throw of Kuskey’s career after fouling in his two previous attempts. The former walk-on ended his Gaucho career No. 2 on the school’s all-time list.
Big West women’s athletes are entered in six events Thursday at Hayward Field as action will be available live on ESPN3 and ESPN2. The schedule is as follows and all times are Pacific:
Women’s Hammer (Finals) – 2:00 p.m.
Monique Griffiths, CSUN
Women’s 4x100 Relay (Semifinals) – 4:32 p.m.
Courtney Robinson/Asheley Bamberg/Lexis Lambert/Marie Veale, CSUN
Women’s 1500 Meters (Semifinals) – 4:46 p.m.
Jenna Hinkle, UC Santa Barbara
Women’s 400 Meters (Semifinals) – 6:00 p.m.
Lexis Lambert, CSUN
Women’s Long Jump (Finals) – 6:00 p.m.
Tayler Fleming, UC Riverside
Women’s 800 Meters (Semifinals) – 6:14 p.m.
Rianna Goins, UC Davis