ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A week after setting the school record in the women’s weight throw, De’Ondra Young did it again. The junior transfer broke her own standard with a new personal-best in the women’s weight throw and was joined by teammate senior James Hubbard as he also broke his own school record in the men’s weight throw to help lead the Long Beach State track & field team at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational.
The meet, which was hosted by the University of New Mexico, saw another strong showing by the Beach as the team tallied a total of eight new personal records, two new school standards and one event victory.
Hubbard shattered his own school record with a heave of 22.11m (72-06.50) in the men’s weight throw. His previous school record of 67-09.50 was set a year ago when he finished as the runner up at the MPSF Championships.
Young turned in her record-setting performance after setting the tone for the women’s field events with a new personal-record of 20.23m (66-04.50). She bested her previous PR and school record tally by more than 3.5 feet.
Redshirt sophomore Jasmine Bass won the women’s triple jump with a new PR of 12.05m (39-06.50) which moves her into second in the Long Beach State record book. She and Young paced the 49er women which also saw positive results on the track.
Elijah McDonald posted a new personal-best time in the women’s 60m hurdles qualifying round when she came in fourth in her section with a time of 8.77. She moved into third place in the all-time record book with her new PR.
Additionally, Ashleigh Chambers and Courtne’ Davis set new standards for themselves in the women’s 200m dash. Chambers’ personal-best time of 24.71 and Davis’ PR of 24.81 moved the pair into fifth and sixth, respectively, in the LBSU annals.
On the men’s side, Kemonie Briggs joined Hubbard with a new personal-record in the field as Briggs posted a mark of 24-11.00 in the men’s long jump which is good for second all-time at Long Beach State.
The Don Kirby Elite Invitational, served as LBSU’s final tuned up before the Beach head to Seattle, Wash., in two weeks to take part in the MPSF Championships. The conference championships begin on Friday, Feb. 24 and conclude on Saturday, Feb. 25.
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