Long Beach State Ready to Compete at MPSF Indoor Championships
The Long Beach State track and field team heads to Seattle, Wash., to take part in the MPSF Indoor Championships this weekend hosted by the University of Washington. The Beach are sending 36 student-athletes - 22 women and 14 men - to represent LBSU at the conference meet which begins on Friday, Feb. 24 and concludes on Saturday, Feb. 25.
The MPSF Championships
The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field championship will be held at the Dempsey Indoor Facility on the campus of the University of Washington for the 15th straight year. The 2017 MPSF Championship features 20 universities comprised from members of the Pac-12, Big West and West Coast Conferences. A total of 35 teams will compete for a conference title, 20 for the women and 15 for the men.
Catch All the Action
For fans wanting to follow the MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships, live results will be available on GoHuskies.com and a live video stream will be available via FloTrack at FloTrack.org.
Schedule of Events
The two-day MPSF Conference Championship begins Friday, Feb. 24 at noon with the women's weight throw and concludes at 7:25 p.m. with the men's Distance Medley Relay. The first event on Saturday kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with the men's heptathlon 60-meter hurdles. The men's 4x400-meter relay will end the 2017 championship meet at 2:40 p.m.
Just Throwing it Out There
Long Beach State has excelled in the field during the indoor season as James Hubbard owns the MPSF's furthest weight throw this season. The senior hurler tallied a heave of 22.11 meters (72-06.50) two weeks ago at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational to set the LBSU school record. Not to be outdone by her teammate, junior transfer De'Ondra Young set a new school record on the women's side in the weight throw, not once, but twice in as many meets. Young first set the standard in her Beach debut at the Air Force Team Challenge with a mark of 19.49m (63-11.50). A week later, she outdid herself with a heave of 20.23m (66-04.50) to rewrite the record books once again.
Following this weekend's conference championships, those student-athletes who are ranked in the top 17 will automatically qualify for the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championships. James Hubbard's ranking of seven in the men's weight throw almost surely secures his spot. De'Ondra Young goes into the weekend ranked 20th in the nation in the women's weight throw as she is just shy of reaching that lucky No. 17 ranking.
Heading into the 2017 MPSF Indoor Championships, Long Beach State boasts a trio of school record holders. In addition to James Hubbard and De'Ondra Young in the weight throw, senior Riley Cooks also owns the current school record in the women's 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.41. Cooks set the standard a year ago en route to setting the LBSU record in the pentathlon with 3,690 points. This season, Cooks posted a season-best time of 8.47 in the event just three weeks ago at the Air Force Team Challenge.
Looking Ahead To The Outdoor Season
Following the indoor season, the Long Beach State track and field team will kick off the outdoor season on its home field at the Jack Rose Track on Saturday, March 4, when the Beach host the LBSU-UCLA Dual meet. During the outdoor campaign, the Beach will host four meets including the dual meet. The remaining three home meets will take place in April when LBSU hosts the Big West Challenge (April 7), the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate (April 13) and the Beach Invitational (April 14-15).
Long Beach State has two weeks to prepare for its next indoor competition at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship in College Station, Texas. The Indoor Championships will begin on Friday, March 10 and conclude on Saturday, March 11.
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