SEATTLE – The Long Beach State track and field team got a solid performance from sophomore Kemonie Briggs as he set a new school record en route to winning the men’s long jump all while helping the Beach men finish in third place with 27 points after the first day of competition at the MPSF Indoor Championships.
The Beach men are just one point shy of second place as they sit behind UCLA (32 points) and Arizona State (28 points). Meanwhile, the women’s squad is in 13th place with a total of eight points, while USC (51 points), Colorado (32 points) and UCLA (26.33 points) own the first three spots.
Briggs was the highlight of the day for the Beach as he turned in an all-around great effort in the men’s long jump tying or besting the school record in three out of six jumps with his top mark of 7.70m (25-03.25) eclipsing the standard by 3.25 inches to win the event.
The Long Beach, Calif., native set the pace in the event for teammates Jason Smith and Sal Nasser who placed eighth and 11th, respectively. Smith, a freshman from San Bruno, Calif., turned in a solid performance in his MPSF Indoor Championship debut as he posted a mark of 7.18m (23-06.75) in the event.
In addition to winning the men’s long jump, the Beach men also captured first in the weight throw as senior James Hubbard launched a toss of 21.31m (69-11.00). Long Beach State also earned a third-place finish in the event as junior Robert Marlow tallied a heave of 19.78m (64-10.75).
“I’m very proud of Kemonie,” Long Beach State head coach Andy Sythe said. “He did very good in the final as did James Hubbard. We had a multitude of student-athletes finish higher than anticipated. For our men to have 27 points and be just one point out of second in this meet is very good.”
In the heptathlon, LBSU received stout performances out of junior Herman Day and senior Jonathan Broadhead. Day started out well and posted a lifetime best of 14.58m (47-10.00) to place first in the shot put, but was later pulled due to injury.
With Day out, Broadhead stepped up and tallied a total of 2,864 points for 10th place in the heptathlon as the product out of Telluride, Colo., is on pace for a new personal record in the event. The heptathlon will conclude tomorrow morning.
On the women’s side, Long Beach State got a pair of solid outings from sophomores Melanee Williams, Jasmine Bass and Allison Foster. The trio all finished in the top 15 in the event as Williams led the way with a mark of 5.66m (18-07.00), which was just .01 meters shy of her personal best, for an eighth place finish.
Bass set a new PR for herself in the long jump as she came in ninth with a tally of 5.61m (18-05.00), besting her previous personal-best mark by 5.44 meters. Rounding out the Beach top three was Foster who placed 12th with a mark of 5.52m (18-01.50).
On the track, Courtne’ Davis turned in a pair of good performances in the 60m dash and the 200m dash. The sophomore out of Riverside, Calif., hit a new personal-best time of 7.50 in the 60m to finish 12th in the event as the 49ers’ top finisher, then came out and registered another lifetime-best in the 200m for an 11th place finish with a time of 24.77.
In the pentathlon, senior Riley Cooks got off to a hot start winning the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.49. She followed that with a third-place performance in the high jump (1.67m / 5-05.75) and a second-place finish in the shot put (12.42m / 40-09.00). However, in the long jump, Cooks fouled out by a hair and was unable to recover as she finished 21st in the 800m with a time of 2:49.88 and finished with a total of 3,592 points for sixth place.
Long Beach State returns to action, concluding the MPSF Indoor Championships, on Saturday, Feb. 25. The men’s heptathlon 60-meter hurdles begin the day at 10:30 a.m., and the men’s 4x400-meter relay will end the championship meet at 2:40 p.m.
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