LBSU Concludes MPSF Championships, Young Wins in Last Chance Qualifier
De'Ondra Young sets school record in women's weight throw, qualifies for the NCAA Championships
MPSF Indoor Championship Results | SPU Last Chance Meet Results
SEATTLE -- The Long Beach State track and field team concluded its appearance at the MPSF Indoor Championships on Saturday as the men's team finished 11th with 30.50 points and the women's squad placed 14th with 12 points. However, the highlight of the day came after the indoor championships concluded as junior transfer De'Ondra Young set a school record in the women's weight throw on her way to qualifying for the NCAA Championships at the Seattle Pacific Last Chance Qualifier.
The Last Chance Qualifier was a quick addition to the Beach's schedule in order to give both Young and teammate Robert Marlow an opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships and Young did just that.
The Menifee, Calif., native took full advantage of her second chance and launched a new school record mark of 21.02m (68-11.00) to win the event. She has now re-written the record book three times in the last four weeks in the women's weight throw.
Marlow placed second in the shot put with a mark of 15.79m (51-09.00) which is a new indoor personal-best for the senior. He also won the men's weight throw with a mark of 19.57m (64-02.00), but was unable to qualify for nationals.
Palmer recorded a new personal-best mark of 1.75m (5-08.75) in the women's high jump to place fifth. Although she did not turn in a qualifying mark, the sophomore transfer continues to improve her skills and is making strides in the right direction.
"We had many good things happen today," Long Beach head coach Andy Sythe said. "Bria Palmer had a big day and ended up with a lifetime best of 5-08.75. She had great jumps and we're very excited that she's getting a look at that next level that will get her nationals."
On the women's side, Jasmine Bass continued to impress in the field. She finished in the top 10 in the triple jump with a mark of 11.71m (38-05.00). She was just one of two student-athletes from a non-Pac-12 school to place in the top 10 in that event.
Rounding out the women's top performers were Anaya Alexander and Tavajia Richardson who competed in the women's 400m dash and both set new personal-records for themselves. Alexander shaved 1.38 seconds off of her previous PR as she ran the event in 56.56. Richardson followed improving her lifetime best by 1.64 seconds to notch a time of 57.13.
Calhoun had a solid day on the men's side as the junior transfer placed fifth in the high jump, setting a new collegiate personal-best of 2.11m (6-11.00) which tied the lifetime best he had previously set in high school.
The Beach men also received a pair of solid outings in the 400-meter dash as Isaiah Johnson and Kemonie Briggs set the tone on the track. Johnson PR'd in the event with a time of 48.65, while Briggs was less than one second shy of his personal-best time (48.78).
"Vincent Calhoun really did a great job, tying his lifetime best that he set back in high school," Sythe said. "We are glad to see him performing back at that level. The 400m runners saw some good things on both the men's and women's sides, so I was pretty pleased with that."
Overall the Beach had a positive day as they came away with a solid effort at the MPSF Indoor Championships and saw Young earn a spot at nationals.
Young will have two weeks to prepare before heading to College Station, Texas for the NCAA Championships which begin Friday, March 10 and conclude Saturday, March 11.
Long Beach State, meanwhile, looks to begin the outdoor season on Saturday, March 4 when it hosts UCLA in a Dual Meet at Jack Rose Track.
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