Toney Earns Second Team All-America Honors In Pole Vault
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UC Davis senior Marc Toney finished day one of NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field with second team All-America status.
Toney earned 10th place in the men's pole vault competition, breaking the Aggie record with a clearance of 17 feet, 10.5 inches. The distance actually tied for the third-highest, but he finished 10th out of 24 participants due to total attempts.
He is the first Aggie to achieve second team All-America recognition since 2011 when Thomas Phillips and Alex Wilright placed 13th and 15th in the 400 meter hurdles, respectively.
Toney's mark not only obliterated that the previous school record of 17-06.50 that he had shared with two others, it represented the best pole vault performance by a Big West competitor since 1999 when Long Beach State Borya Celentano cleared 17-10.50. Toney is the first athlete in school history to compete in pole vault at the NCAA Division I Championships.
Toney cleared the opening height of 16-10.75 on his first attempt. On the ensuing two progressions, Toney missed his first two attempts before getting over the bar at 17-04.50 and 17-10.50. Toney's previous PR was earlier this season at the Beach Invitational.
He is the first Big West pole vaulter since Cal Poly's John Prader (2012) to be named a second team All-American.
Six other individuals achieved honorable mention All-America designations on Wednesday.
Long Beach State teammates Saladin Nasser and Jason Smith competed in the men's long jump. Nasser finished in 18th place with a top leap of 24-06.50 (7.48m), while Smith came in 20th at 24-04.25 (7.42m). Their participation marked the first time since 2006 that a pair of Beach men appeared in the same event at NCAA's.
The Cal State Fullerton 4x100 relay team also was in action. The quartet of Luis Matos, Thaddeus Smith, Rasaun House and Marcel Espinoza finished 21st overall in a time of 40.10 seconds. It was their second-fastest time of the season. The group clocked a school-record time of 39.86 – the first sub-40 second race in Titan history – at the West Preliminary meet in Sacramento that qualified them for nationals.
The foursome gave CSF its first representation at nationals on the men's side since 2009. In addition, they were the first 4x100 Titan contingent to compete at NCAA's since 2003.
Five Big West women's competitors take to the track on Thursday in semifinal action. The Long Beach State 4x100 relay team of Courtne' Davis, Ashleigh Chambers, Azaria Hill and Madison Golden will race at 4:02 p.m. in heat three. UC Santa Barbara senior Jenna Hinkle will compete in heat one of two in the 1500 meters at 4:16 p.m.
In the relay, the top two finishers from each of three heats plus the next two fastest times advance to Saturday's final. Hinkle is seeking a top five finish in her heat, or one of the two next best times outside of the automatic qualifiers to reach Saturday's final.