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2018 Track and Field Release No. 6

The Big West Track & Field schedule churns along with several schools heading south to participate in the Triton Invitational this weekend.

Five Schools Head South For Triton Invitational: A quintet of Big West schools have made the Triton Invitational their meet of choice for this weekend’s competition.  Cal State Fullerton, CSUN, Long Beach State, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara all will send contingents to the two-day meet in La Jolla.  

Remainder Of Schedule: In other action this week, CSF also will send squad members to the Highlander Twilight and Cerritos Invitational.  UC Riverside, as host of the Highlander Twilight, welcomes in Southern Utah and Azusa Pacific in addition to CSF.  UC Davis is also hosting its own Woody WIlson Classic.  Cal Poly is the lone Big West squad competing in the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational.  Brooke Tjerrild will attempt to win for the fifth straight time in the pole vault in as many competitions.

Record Breaker: UC Irvine junior Barbara Coward’s improvement in the women’s hammer dovetailed into a school record performance last Friday at the Big West Challenge.  On her home track at Anteater Stadium, Coward uncorked a mammoth throw of 187-07 to establish a UCI record, breaking Bridget Devaney’s two-year old record of 182-05.  Coward ranks first in the Big West in that event, as well as the discus, which she also won at the Big West Challenge with a season-best throw of 169-03.

Davis, Smith Run Fast At Big West Challenge: Long Beach State junior Courtne’ Davis tied her personal best of 11.50 in the 100-meter dash to win the event at the Big West Challenge last weekend.  That time ranks No. 1 in the Big West.  She leads a strong Beach sprinter corps that sports the No. 1 conference performer in the 100-meters, 200-meters, 400-meters, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay.  On the men’s side, Cal State Fullerton junior Thaddeus Smith, who is the Big West co-leader in the 100-meters, took over the top spot on the 200-meter leaderboard with a time of 21.00 at the Big West Challenge.

Big West Athletes Rank Nationally: The Big West features some of the nation’s top performers in a variety of track and field events, based on reported marks in Track & Field Reporting Results System (TFRRS).  Six women and five men are appearing in the national top 25 entering this week’s meets.  UC Santa Barbara senior Jenna Hinkle is the lone Big West athlete to be represented in two events – No. 13 in the 1,500 meters (4:19.11 at Aztec Invitational) and No. 18 in the 5,000 meters (16:07.85 at Stanford Invitational).  Along with Hinkle, the other highest nationally ranked Big West female atheltes are CSUN freshman De’Andreah Young and Hawai‘i sophomore Lily Lowe.  Young achieved her No. 13 mark in the 400 hurdles at the Stanford Invitational after clocking a 58.15.  Lowe’s signature event, the high jump, resulted in a distance of 5-10.00 at the Rainbow Relays.  On the men’s side, Cal Poly senior Swarnjit Boyal is No. 16 nationally in the 10,000 meters as he ran 29:05.54 at the Stanford Invitational.  Joining him atop the list of Big West men’s competitors is UC Davis sophomore Steven Childs, who leapt 25-05.25 in the long jump at the Titan Team Challenge.



Name, School Event Time/Mark Rank Meet
Jenna Hinkle, UC Santa Barbara 1500m 4:19.11 13 Aztec Invitational
Jenna Hinkle, UC Santa Barbara 5000m 16:07.85 18 Stanford Invitational
De’Andreah Young, CSUN 400 Hurdles 58.15 13 Stanford Invitational
Hope Bender, UC Santa Barbara 400 Hurdles 58.68 17 Big West Challenge
Lily Lowe, Hawai‘i High Jump 5-10.00 13 Rainbow Relays
Brooke Tjerrild, Cal Poly Pole Vault 13-07.25 20 Cal Poly Invitational
Kiely Gode, UC Santa Barbara Long Jump 20-02.50 24 Aztec Invitational

Name, School Event Time/Mark Rank Meet
Swarnjit Boyal, Cal Poly 10,000m 29:05.54 16 Stanford Invitational
Steven Childs, UC Davis Long Jump 25-05.25 16 Titan Team Challenge
Kordell Hampton, UC Santa Barbara Discus 186-09 17 Aztec Open
Jonathan Broadhead, Long Beach State Decathlon 6,822 points 23 UCR Spring Break Classic
Drake Foote, UC Davis Decathlon 6,759 points 24 Hornet Invitational

Big West Track & Field Championship Visits CSUN: CSUN will serve as the host of the 2018 Big West Track and Field Championships.  The Matadors last hosted the event in 2013.  The Matador Track & Field Complex will host the multi-events competition on May 4-5 and the full portion of the meet on May 11-12.  FOX Prime Ticket will air four hours of coverage on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 2:00 p.m. (PT) and continuing through the awards ceremony for both winning squads.