Feb. 22, 2013
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Long Beach State track & field team had a number of strong performances on the first day of the MPSF Indoor Championships at Dempsey Indoor on Friday. The men are currently seventh, while the women are in 13th place.
Freshman Willie Alexander scored in the long jump with a third-place showing. Alexander had a huge leap of 25-00, bettering his own school record of 24-11.25, which he established two weeks ago at the Air Force Team Challenge (Feb. 9).
Junior Joel Baez and senior Josh Villalobos both scored in the weight throw, coming in fifth and sixth, respectively. Baez notched a personal-record 59-11, which ranks fourth in program history, while Villalobos matched his lifetime-best at 59-05.5.
On the track, freshman Devin Hickey tied for seventh in the 60-meter hurdle prelims with a lifetime-best 8.19 seconds. Hickey, who will compete in the finals tomorrow, moved up one spot to No. 5 on the 49er all-time charts. Junior Koree Hines just missed out on qualifying as he clocked in at 8.26 seconds to place 11th overall.
Freshman Dylan McCloskey was 14th in the 200m with a season-best 22.01, while classmate Michael Perez-Rogers was right behind him with a season-best 22.07 (19th). McCloskey also came in 21st in the 60-meter dash (6.95).
Senior Rosa Del Toro led the LBSU women as she scored in the 5000-meter run with a seventh-place performance (16:43.29).
Senior Sara Macey finished 21st in the pentathlon with 2,782 points. She placed among the top-10 in the high jump (T8th, 5-03) and the 60-meter hurdles (9th, 9.04), while taking 12th in the shot put with a toss of 35-06.75. Macey then tweaked her hamstring in the long jump and did not compete in the final event of the day (800m).
Sophomore Emily Cooper had a pair of top-15 performances, placing 12th in the 200m with a personal best and the second-fastest time in school history (24.63). She was also 13th in the 60m prelims at 7.65, while sophomore Kayla Goosby ran a season-best 7.91 to come in 29th.
Long Beach State wraps up action at the MPSF Indoor Championships on Saturday, Feb. 23. The first event is slated for 10:30 a.m.
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