March 2, 2013
NORWALK, Calif. - The 49ers had five individual victories in their outdoor season opener at the Beach Classic, which was hosted by Long Beach State at Cerritos College.
LBSU ended up going 1-2-3 in the discus as Fraser led the way with a personal-record 177-02. Jason Harrell was the runner-up at 176-05 and Joel Baez finished third (155-10). Nathan Wright added a fifth-place showing (152-11) and Kody Robison came in eighth (147-07).
Fraser was also the individual champion in the shot put (55-02). Chris Yates (51-00) and Baez (50-01) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
In the hammer throw, Josh Villalobos was second with a toss of 179-04. Yates was right behind him in third at 173-11, while Robison came in sixth (171-00). Baez (8th) and Fraser (9th) also posted top-10 finishes.
Vaughan won the triple jump with a lifetime-best 51-07. His mark ranks ninth in school history. Spencer Gray added a fourth-place showing (44-02).
Rouse claimed the pole vault title with a lifetime-best 16-09. Michael Montgomery also had a personal-record 15-08 to finish second, while Niko Althaus and Kyser Anderson tied for third at 15-02. Colin Cassady rounded out the 49ers' strong vault performances in eighth (14-02).
On the track, Dylan McCloskey won the 400m in 48.16 seconds, while Bryce Van Boxtel came in 10th (50.40). McCloskey was also the top collegiate finisher, and second overall, in the 200m as he finished the race in 21.45 seconds.
On the women's side, Emily Cooper took second in the 400m at 56.00 seconds, while she was also third in the 100m (12.19). Saedra Wright added a fourth-place showing in the 100m (12.44), and Kristina Goosby tied for sixth at 12.56 seconds. In addition, Wright placed sixth in the 200m (25.17).
Alexis Trujillo was LBSU's top finisher in the 1500m, clocking in at 4:47.35 (7th).
Jodi Lambert led the pole vaulters with a third-place performance as she established a lifetime-best 11-09. Amanda Klinchuch tied for fourth (11-03), Carissa Culver was sixth (10-09) and Amber Britt and Danielle Morgan both tied for seventh (10-03).
Four 49ers earned a spot among the shot put's top-10 performers, and were paced by Jessica Rotter, who came in fourth with a toss of 41-00.5. Linda Rueff was sixth (39-05), Shelton was eighth (38-02) and Brianna Viltz was ninth (37-07).
Shelton added her third top-10 finish in the discus (4th, 133-03), and Jerrilynn Stanwood also came in fifth at 133-00.
Long Beach State resumes the outdoor season next weekend when it makes the short trip to Fullerton for the Ben Brown Invitational, March 8-9. The indoor season will also come to a conclusion with the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. (March 8-9).
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