Beach Wraps Up Competition at Don Kirby Invitational
Long Beach State concluded its final indoor meet before the MPSF Championships, finishing up day two of the Don Kirby Invitational on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Beach finished up the Don Kirby Invitational on Saturday, with sprints and hurdles headlining day two of competition. Courtne' Davis and Raleigh Adams each had a solid day on the track for Long Beach State, reaching the finals of their events.
Davis ended up taking fifth in the 60-meter dash, running an altitude-adjusted time of 7.48 in the final. She finished just behind three-time NCAA Champion and US Olympian Ariana Washington of Oregon, who ran a converted 7.40. LBSU's Elijah McDonald ran a PR in the 60 during prelims, recording a time of 8.04.
It was a busy day for Adams, who competed in both the men's 60-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles. He ran his best time of the day in the semifinals for the 60 hurdles, breaking his own school record with an altitude-adjusted time of 8.01. He ended up placing sixth in the finals, running a respectable time of 8.15 after a tiring day of action.
McDonald also reached the semifinals of the women's 60 hurdles alongside teammate Melanee Williams. It was Williams who had a better run in the semis, establishing a new personal best in the event with a converted time of 8.70 to rank fourth in school history.
The talented 4x400-meter relay had another nice showing, moving closer to the school record with a recorded time of 3:47.20. The young quartet is comprised of freshman Shyann Reynolds, sophomore Anaya Alexander, freshman Shalee Reynolds, and sophomore Tavajia Richardson.
In the only field competition of the day, Jason Smith set a new PR in the triple jump to close out his successful weekend. On his fifth jump of the day, Smith posted a mark of 48-09.50, which added an inch-and-a-half onto his lifetime best.
Long Beach State will be back in action on Feb. 23-24 for the MPSF Championships in Seattle.
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