Northridge, Calif. - After three days of competition at the 2006 Big West Track & Field Championship, the Cal Poly men and the Cal State Northridge women lead the seven-team field. The Mustangs are first with 74.50 points, with Long Beach State second at 59.50 and UC Santa Barbara with 49.50 to secure third place. On the women's side the Matadors hold the top spot with 96 points, Long Beach State sits in second with 70 points, while UC Santa Barbara rounds out the top three with 49 points.
The men's 3,000 meter steeplechase was won by Cal Poly's Luke Llamas with a time of 9:03.07. Crossing the finish line at 9:04.67, Gaucho Mike Chavez placed second, while UC Riverside's Patrick O'Neil finished third at 9:17.19. The Gaucho squad proved successful on the women's side as well, claiming the top prize with Bethany Nickless' time of 10:40.86. Cal State Fullerton followed with a two-three-four finish with Karina Ortiz leading the Titan trio with a time of 11:08.27.
UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State dominated in the women's 10,000 meters. The Guacho duo of Stephanie Rothstein and Seanna Martin finished one-two with times of 36:41.87 and 36:42.38. Ludi Valdez, finishing third with a time of 37:13.20, was the first of three 49ers to cross the finish line. Kristina Wilson and Meredith Kramon followed to claim the fourth and fifth place spots. The Gauchos continued to represent on the men's side with Micah Tyhurst earning the top spot with a time of 30:54.91. Cal Poly's Jameson Mora and Brian Baker finished two-three with times of 30:56.72 and 31:00.96.
UC Irvine's Mike Beerer claimed his second conseuctive title in the men's hammer with a mark of 209-06, over 25 feet farther than second place finisher Cody Pearce (182-09). On the women's side, Cal State Northridge swept the hammer event with Raquel Sola posting a mark of 189-00 for the top prize. Tatiana Corchet finished second (182-06), followed by Jessica Beach (173-06).
With an impressive mark of 221-7 in the javelin, Cal Poly's Aris Borjas grabbed the first place prize. UC Santa Barbara's Gabe Mann finished second with a distance of 203-4, followed by Long Beach State's Chris Richardson. For the women, Long Beach State finished one-two from the efforts of Kim Heinz and Alex Shaw. Heinz threw a distance of 158-9 to earn her second title in as many years, while 49er teammate Shaw posted a mark of 144-5.
The women's Matador squad posted its second sweep of the day in the long jump. Candyce Babb recorded the top mark at 20-2.25, while Brittany Ricketts finished second with a mark of 19-8.25. Teammate Dominique Calvin claimed the third spot with a distance of 19-5.50. Cal State Fullerton's Aaron Williams recorded a mark of 24-3.50 to win the men's long jump. Ronald Carter's distance of 22-11.75 earned him the second place spot, while Gaucho Ryan Donnelly finished third at 22-8.50.
In the men's pole vault, Mustang Adrian Ruark cleared a height of 16-6.75 to win the event. CSUN's Sean Jones finished second with a mark of 16-0.75, while 49er Tim Burnham and Titan Andrew Little tied for third at 15-7.
With a height of 5-8.75, Long Beach State's Emily Forsythe won first place, while Gaucho Jane Doolittle grabbed second place at 5-7. A two-way tie for third place, between UC Irvine teammates Lauren Collins and Danielle St. John, occured at a height of 5-5.
Last week the decathlon and heptathlon events were showcased in the first two days of the conference meet. Long Beach State junior Chris Richardson and Cal State Northridge junior LaShana Verdon were crowned the decathlon and heptathlon champions. Verdon captured the title by a mere five points over teammate Brittany Ricketts and Long Beach State senior Jaime Cuthbert-Allen. Richardson won the decathlon with 7,194 points, edging out Cal State Northridge junior Justin Johnson (7,135), who had led after day one of the competition. Richardson claimed victories in the javelin (197-08) and discus (133-11) to help him overcome a small 16 point deficit to Johnson.
The Big West Track & Field Championship, hosted by Cal State Northridge, concludes on Saturday, May 13 with the start of the men's shot put and women's discus and triple jump, all of which begin at noon. The running events kick-off with the 4X100 relays at 3:00 p.m. Live results are available on the Big West Conference website at .
Day Three Standings
1. Cal Poly - 74.50
2. Long Beach State - 59.50
3. UC Santa Barbara - 49.50
4. Cal State Fullerton - 38.50
5. Cal State Northridge - 22
6. UC Irvine - 21
7. UC Riverside - 8
1. Cal State Northridge - 96
2. Long Beach State - 70
3. UC Santa Barbara - 49
4. Cal State Fullerton - 26
5. UC Irvine - 20
6. Cal Poly - 8
7. UC Riverside - 4