Feb. 24, 2012
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Long Beach State track and field team completed the first day of events at the 2012 MPSF Indoor Championships Friday at the University of Washington's Dempsey Indoor stadium.
Tyler Wallace led the 49ers with a runner-up performance in the pole vault, clearing a lifetime-best 17-01.75. That mark moved him up one spot to No. 4 on the school's all-time top-10 list.
Josh Villalobos also scored for LBSU with a seventh-place finish in the weight throw. His toss of 57-08.50 was a personal record and ranks him fourth in program history.
Koree Hines qualified for the finals in the 60-meter hurdles as he took fourth in the preliminaries with a time of 8.15 seconds. He was just .01 seconds off his lifetime best, which he established earlier this year at the Husky Classic (Feb. 11).
Garrett Demirjian currently sits in fifth with 2,894 points after four events of the heptathlon. Demirjian's best showing of the day came in the high jump where he took second (6-07). He also finished eighth in the shot put, 12th in the 60-meter dash and 14th in the long jump.
On the women's side, Kristen Kiefer established a school-record 3,585 points in the pentathlon. Kiefer had three top-five finishes as she placed third in the 60m hurdles (8.78), fourth in the long jump (18-01.50) and fifth in the 800m (2:24.64). Her mark in the hurdles was a personal best and ranks fourth in Long Beach State history.
Wendy Izquierdo also competed in the pentathlon, amassing 3,410 points to put her second behind Kiefer on the 49er all-time charts.
Phylicia Johnson advanced to the finals of the 60-meter hurdles with a seventh-place performance in the preliminary round. Johnson clocked in at 8.49 seconds. Shakina Phillips also took 16th overall with a lifetime-best 8.71.
Rosa Del Toro had an 11th-place showing in the 5000-meter run, crossing the finish line in 17 minutes, 8.26 seconds. Her mark was a personal record and ranks second in program history. Del Toro already owns the school record in both the mile and the 3000m.
Emily Cooper notched a pair of top 20 performances in the short sprints. Cooper was 17th in the 200m with a lifetime-best 25.05, moving her up to No. 6 on the all-time list. She also finished 19th in the 60m (7.78).
Long Beach State concludes its stay at Dempsey Indoor tomorrow with the second and final day of the MPSF Indoor Championships. Competition gets underway at 10:30 a.m.
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