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Big West Track & Field Championship Concludes This Weekend





Friday, May 12 marks the start of the second and final weekend of the 2006 Big West Track & Field Championship on the campus of Cal State Northridge. The two-day event will conclude on Saturday, May 13. The Matadors looks to defend their title on the men’s side, while the Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara return as the defending champions on the women’s side.

Friday's field events begin at 9:00 a.m. with the men's hammer throw, while the track events start with the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase at 2:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the competition gets underway with the men's shot put and women's discus, both starting at noon. The runners return to the track at 3:00 p.m. with the 4X100 relays, beginning with the women. The 2006 champions will be crowned following the 4X400 relays, which concludes the four-day extravaganza.

You can follow this year's track & field championship with live results posted on the Big West website at

Ticket prices for the 2006 Big West Conference Championships are $8 per day for adults and $4 per day for student/youth/seniors. A championship pass, which covers the entire meet, is also available for $14 for adults and $6 for students.

Big West Track & Field Championship Preview
Men's Defending Champion – Cal State Northridge

Sprints - Cal State Fullerton’s Marques Barosso currently holds one of the top three times in both the 100 and 200 meter dash. Mirroring Barosso’s efforts is Long Beach State’s Charles Lewis, who has secured top three spots in the 200 and 400 meters.

Distance - In the 5,000 meters, Cal Poly has dominated throughout the year, posting three of the conference’s top five times with the efforts of Troy Swier, Nathan Brassmassery and Brian Baker. Long Beach State holds a 15-plus second lead in the 10,000 meters over second place’s J.D. Krawczyk from UC Santa Barbara.

Hurdles - Cal State Northridge dominates in the 110 meter hurdles with the top three times of the season. Matador Anthony Brown earned Big West Player of the Week honors twice for his marks in the 100 hurdles. UC Irvine’s Dayne Comrie, the lone Anteater in the top eight, enters this week’s meet with the top time in the 400 meter hurdles. With a .20 second lead over second place’s James Fredrickson, Comrie looks to be a top contender for the first place spot in the 400 meter hurdles.

Relays - Defending champions Cal State Northridge have combined their talents to record the top Big West times in both the 4X100 and 4X400 meter relays. In the 4X100 CSF is a close second, while the Matadors carry a one-second lead over LBSU in the 4X400 meter hurdles.

Jumps - Forty-Niners Chris Richardson (long jump) and John Temidara (triple jump) look to be fighting for the top spot in the their respective events. Richardson has three other LBSU athletes joining him in the top eight and could challenge them for the first place prize. Matt Turner (CSF) has held the top spot in the high jump for most of the year, while Matador Sean Jones enters the championship with the top mark in the pole vault, but BJ Vandrovec (CSF) and Adrian Ruark (CP) are biting at his heels.

Throw - Long Beach State has proven strong in the discus, while UC Santa Barbara has been successful in the shot put, javelin and hammer throws through out the outdoor season. In the javelin, Gaucho Gabe Mann has carried the top spot for a majority of the season. UC Irvine’s Brian Moon (shot put) and Michael Beerer (hammer) will also be fighting for the top prize in their events.

Women's Defending Champion – UC Santa Barbara

Sprints - Cal State Northridge owns the 100 meters, earning the top three times. The Matadors are led by Deanna Goodwin, while she also holds a top three Big West time in the 200 meters. The battle for the 200 meter title will be a close one. Fighting for the crown will be Kylie McCuen (UCSB), Goodwin and Jasmine Winfield (LBSU). McCuen and Winfield, along with Nancy Blake (CSF) are in the hunt for the 400 meters.

Distance - Cal Poly’s Deidre Byrne has proven successful in both the 800 and 1,500 meters. The middle distance runners from UC Santa Barbara hold four of the top eight fastest times in the 1,500 meters. Gaucho Bethany Nickless looks as if she is a shoe-in for the top prize in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. She leads the field by over 30 seconds. The Gauchos also seem to control the 5,000 meters, displaying the Big West’s top five times. Stephanie Rothstein holds the top spot in the 10,000 meters, leading the pack by two minutes.

Hurdles - With five-tenths of a second difference between the top two times in the 110 meter hurdles, we could see a battle for the top spot between Willimena Cisco (CP) and Ashleigh McGrew (CSUN). In the 400 meter hurdles, UC Riverside’s Uchechi Egeonuigwe enters this weekend’s competition as holder of the season’s fastest time. Also fighting for the top spot will be Titan Destany Cearley and Gaucho Stellamarie Hall.

Relays - Cal State Northridge has posted the fastest time in the 4X100 relays by a narrow margin, while UC Riverside holds nearly a one-minute advantage over the other schools in the 4X400 relays.

Jumps - Cal State Northridge has a chance to go one-two-three in the long jump, as they have five of the six top marks. Not as dominant in the triple jump, CSUN still has a chance at getting a top-three finish. There is a slim margin that separates the top two, Lacey Wilborn (CSF) and LaShana Verdon (CSUN). With three women successfully reaching the 12-foot plateau in the pole vault, this could be an exciting event to watch.

Throws - Jere’ Summers (CSUN) has dominated in the shot put and discus, while teammate Bobbie Patton has proven successful in the shot put and the javelin. The two Matadors could battle it out for the first place prize. In the javelin, Kim Heinz threw an impressive 159-9 earlier in the year to lead the field by a twenty-foot margin. The hammer throw might be a lock for the Matador squad, seeing how they have posted the top four marks of the season. Raquel Sola holds the top spot, followed by Jessica Beach and Tatiana Crochet.