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Long Beach State Wins Dual Meet with UCLA to Open Outdoor Season

March 5, 2017

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LONG BEACH -- The Long Beach State track and field team kicked off the outdoor season in a big way as the Beach won the dual meet with UCLA at Jack Rose Field on Saturday afternoon. The Beach women outscored the Bruin women 100.50 to 86.50, while the men saw LBSU come out on top with 98 team points to UCLA's 71.

"The meet was a great opportunity to develop the team concept we preach every day to our team," Long Beach State head coach Andy Sythe said. "There is no hiding in head-to-head dual meets, individually or as a team. I am humbled by the outcome in the scores and many individual performances by our athletes today. We work hard at Long Beach State and any success we have, we earn.

"UCLA is a talented team with many great athletes and a terrific coaching staff. We look forward to kicking off the outdoor season with them for many years to come."

The Beach women saw several top-notch performances both on the track and in the field as the sprinters earned five wins out of the seven sprint events and the jumpers picked up three wins out of four events. Additionally, the throwers recorded several personal bests on the day.

Highlighting the day on the track for the women was the 4x100m relay team which won the event with a time of 45.88 to jump into ninth place all-time at Long Beach State. The quartet of Azaria Hill, Ashleigh Chambers, Madison Carney and Courtne' Davis put together the fastest relay team to start the year off in the Sythe era.

Davis was also successful individually as she won the 100m dash with a new personal record time of 11.69. With Chambers coming in second, the Beach claimed the top two spots in the event so set the pace for the rest of the sprint events.

The Beach also won the 400m dash as Anaya Alexander (56.31) and Tavajia Richardson (57.41) took first and second to beat out UCLA in the event. LBSU also won the 400m hurdles as Taylor Lorack came in first with a time of 1:04.87 and Hollie Harris took second with a time of 1:06.49.

Alexander, Richardson, Harris and Hill teamed up to win the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:53.05.

In the field, the Long Beach State women earned wins in the high jump, long jump and triple jump as Bria Palmer claimed the individual title in the high jump with a mark of 1.71m (5-07.25), while Allison Foster won the long jump with a tally of 5.73m (19-09.75), and Jasmine Bass took first in the triple jump with a mark of 11.85 (38-10.50).

On the men's side, the Beach won all three distance events and took first in three of the four jumps events.

Braeden Kraft won the 800m run with a time of 1:56.85 as he narrowly beat out UCLA's Millen Trujillo by .02 seconds.

The 1500m run was another race that came down to the wire as George Martinez edged out teammate Kevin Ramirez to place first with a time of 3:58.86, while Ramirez took second with a time of 3:59.41. Ramirez made up for the second place finish as he went on to win the 3,000m run with a time of 8:38.11 to round out the trifecta of distance victories.

Kemonie Briggs turned in another solid performance as he brought the momentum from the indoor season to the outdoor season competing in four different events while placing in the top two in each of the four events. Briggs won the long jump with a mark of 7.99m (26-02.75).

"Kemonie Briggs was a workhorse today," Sythe said. "He was our only athlete to compete in four events today. He had a monster jump which was .25 inches further than his Big West-leading mark from 2016, which was also one of the top five marks in the nation that year. He just put himself in a position to contend at nationals after just missing the indoor championships last week."

Briggs came in second in his other three events. He posted a time of 21.55 in the 200m dash and helped the 4x100m relay team and the 4x400m relay team to second-place finishes with times of 41.64 and 3:16.57, respectively.

Lastly, Josh Carr had an impressive performance in the discus as he won the event with a heave of 56.70m (186-00). Coming in behind Carr was teammate Robert Marlow who launched the discus 50.31m (165-01).

Marlow went on to win the hammer throw with a toss of 63.30m (207-08) as the Beach claimed the top three places in that event. Nicholas Hudson came in second with a personal-record mark of 58.29m (191-03), while Carr placed third with a tally of 54.55m (179-00).

The Beach look to continue their solid start to the outdoor season as they head to the Ben Brown Invitational next weekend at Cal State Fullerton.



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