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Long Beach State has successful start to indoor season at Run for the Dream meet

Senior Jacob Weintraub won the men's shot put with the second-best mark in school history at the Run for the Dream Meet on Friday.

Jan. 21, 2012


FRESNO, Calif. - The Long Beach State track and field team had a successful start to its indoor season as it competed in the Run for the Dream meet at Fresno State's Save Mart Center on Friday.

Senior Jacob Weintraub won the men's shot put with a meet-record 58-09.25. That mark was also a career best and ranks second in school history.

Junior Josh Villalobos had a runner-up showing in the weight throw with a toss of 54-05.25, putting him eighth on the 49ers' all-time top 10 list.

Senior Manny Neizer came in ahead of the pack in the long jump (22-04.25), and was followed by senior Mark Horist (20-07.75) and sophomore Dillon Fox (20-07.25).

Neizer added a third-place finish in the triple jump with a lifetime-best 49-08.25, which ranks him fourth in LBSU history. Junior Michael Vaughan also moved up to No. 5 on the all-time list with a leap of 48-03.5.

Fox placed third in the pole vault with a personal-best 15-04.25.

Over on the track, junior Bryce Van Boxtel took top honors in the 600-yard run as he clocked in at 76.45 seconds.

Sophomore Koree Hines posted a runner-up performance in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.71 seconds. In the 55-meter dash, junior Nathan Alade (6.55) and freshman Jahmani Lockett (6.84) finished third and sixth, respectively.



The quartet of Jake Talley, Connor Naasz, Bryce Van Boxtel and Jahmani Lockettalso won the 4x400 meter relay (3:34.77).

On the women's side, senior Katrina Graves-Johnson won the high jump, matching her lifetime-best at 5-08. That mark ties her for seventh on the school's indoor all-time top 10 list. Sophomore Stephanie Armstrong added a runner-up finish, clearing a personal-record 5-06.

Senior Phylicia Johnson took the top spot in the long jump with a leap of 18-08. Classmate Kristen Kiefer also placed third with a lifetime-best 17-11.75, putting her ninth in school history. Juniors Wendy Izquierdo (17-04.75) and Goziam Okolie (17-03.5), and sophomore Iesha Iwobi (16-11.5) added top 10 finishes.

Juniors Kayla Kamaka (11-10.5) and Amanda Klinchuch (10-08) took fourth and fifth, respectively, in the pole vault.

In the track events, Phylicia Johnson was second in the 55-meter hurdles (7.91 seconds), while freshman Emily Cooper was the 49ers' top finisher in the 55-meter dash as she placed fourth overall with a time of 7.09 seconds.

Long Beach State continues the indoor season next weekend when it heads to USAF Academy, Colo., for the Air Force Multi-Events (Jan. 26-27) and the Air Force Team Challenge (Jan. 28). The 49ers will also send a group to Seattle, Wash., for the UW Invitational (Jan. 27-28).

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