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Beach Track Begins Outdoor Season at Beach Opener

March 3, 2018

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LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Long Beach State track & field team began its outdoor season on Saturday at the Beach Opener, competing against a host of schools from around Southern California. Long Beach State had 13 event winners on Saturday, part of a full day of competition.

The men's 4x400-meter relay team of Daniel York-Mouton, Faris Babineaux, Isaiah Johnson, and Raleigh Adams took a victory with a time of 3:14.36. Also on the track for the men, Kent Harris took three full seconds off his previous career best time in the 400 by running a 49.42. Braden Kraft also set a PR in the 1,500-meter, running a 4:02.32, and Sal Nasser had a lifetime best in the 100-meter with a 10.92.

The men's 100 was won by Mt. SAC's Deondre Spruill, who posted an impressive time of 10.56. It was a good day for the Mounties in the sprints as Daniel Stokes also won the 200-meter for Mt. SAC, recording a 20.85 in the event.

Nasser also picked up event win in the field, posting a mark of 23-09.50 in the long jump. Newcomer Tavi Kamarullah also won his event in his first competition for the Beach, recording a 52-06.00 in the men's shot put. Josh Carr won the men's discus with a mark of 171-06.00 as Long Beach State had six of the top seven finishers in that competition. Also in the field for the men, Nicholas Hudson won the men's hammer throw with a personal-best heave of 193-08.00.

For the women, Anaya Alexander won the 800-meter with a time of 2:17.80, and freshman Shyann Reynolds finished first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.20. In the women's 400, Azaria Hill and Whitney Knox both set PR's with rimes of 58.27 and 59.17, respectively. Mt. SAC's Tatyana Pooler ran a strong rime of 23.70 in the 200-meter dash to win that event.

Amanda Truong led an all-Long Beach top four in the women's discus, winning the event with a throw of 143-11.00. Cassandra Nychay won the women's javelin with a mark of 134-07, and Erykah McNairy won the women's hammer throw with a heave of 159-10. Lauren Bartsch was the winner in the pole vault, clearing 12-05.50, Bria Palmer was tops in the high jump with a mark of 5-08.00 and Allison Foster won the triple jump with a best jump of 37-11.25.

Long Beach State returns to action at the Ben Brown Invitational next Friday and the San Diego Collegiate Challenge next Saturday.



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