COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Long Beach State track and field team opened the 2017 indoor season with a positive showing at the Air Force Team Challenge on Friday evening as junior transfer De’Ondra Young set a new school record in her Beach debut.
Young set a new standard in the women’s weight throw when she notched a mark of 63-11.50 to win the event and pace the Beach at the Cadet Fieldhouse. Young was one of five 49ers to win their event and one of four on the women’s side to capture a title.
In addition to Young’s event victory, Diana Acholoni won the women’s high jump with a mark of 5-06.50 to move into eighth place in the Long Beach State indoor record book. Meanwhile, teammate Meg Sweeney came in third in the event with a tally of 5-05.25.
Courtne’ Davis set a new personal-best en route to winning the women’s 60-meter dash with a time of 7.52 which moved her from third all-time at LBSU into second. In that event, Ashleigh Chambers also registered a new personal-record time of 7.58 as she moved up in the record book as well, going from seventh all-time to fourth.
Rounding out the women’s first-place finishers was Riley Cooks who won the women’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.54. Cooks is the current school record holder in that event with a time of 8.41. Coming in just behind Cooks was Elijah McDonald who claimed second with a PR of 8.72 as she made her way into fourth place in the LBSU annals.
Senior James Hubbard was the only LBSU male athlete to win an event as he captured first in the men’s weight throw. The current school record holder tallied a mark of 67-07.25 in the field to place in front of teammate Robert Marlow who came in second with a new personal-best of 61-07.25 to move into sixth all-time at Long Beach State.
While the Beach saw a number of event winners, they also posted 15 top three finishes in 13 separate events. Additionally, Long Beach State had several student-athletes best their previous personal best as they set new standards for themselves at the meet.
With five event winners and 15 top three finishes in their season opener, the Beach look to continue their solid efforts moving forward throughout the indoor season.
Long Beach State will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 10 at the Don Kirby Elite in Albuquerque, N.M. The two-day meet is hosted by New Mexico and serves as the Beach’s last tune up before heading to Seattle, Wash., for the MPSF Championship on Feb. 24 and 25.
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