March 15, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - The Long Beach State track & field team defeated Big-10 member Purdue, Big West rival UC Irvine and Cerritos College Saturday at the Anteater 4-Way Meet in Irvine.
LBSU had a handful of notable performances, including Kayla Kamaka's individual victory in the women's pole vault. Kamaka improved her lifetime best by over seven inches, clearing 13-01.5. She is just the third 49er to surpass 13 feet and is now tied for second in school history.
Jason Harrell, the reigning Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Week, established a personal-record 191-09 to claim the men's discus title. That mark ranks sixth among the program's all-time top-10. In addition, Harrell notched a personal-best 52-08 to take fourth in the shot put.
Chris Low also finished ahead of the pack in the 800m as he established the seventh-best mark in school history at 1:49.43.
Cameron Glasgow continued to race well, finishing second in both the 200m (21.44) and the 400m (47.62). Dylan McCloskey added a third-place showing in the 200m (21.71) as well as the 100m (10.92). His 100m mark was just .01 seconds off his lifetime best.
Long Beach State's trio of 110m hurdlers claimed three of the top-five spots on Saturday. Davon Wilson-Angel led the way in second (14.28), while Devin Hickey (14.53) and Koree Hines (14.60) were third and fourth, respectively.
Jose Herrera was the 49ers' top finisher in the 1500m, clocking in at 3:59.08.
Both relay teams also placed third overall.
On the women's side, Emily Cooper swept top honors in the 100m (11.93) and 200m (24.59). Kayla Goosby made it a 1-2 finish for The Beach in the 100m as she was the runner-up with a personal-record 12.03 seconds. Goosby added a fourth-place showing in the 200m (24.99).
Alex Kruthers led a quartet of 49ers in the 400m, registering a lifetime-best 55.78 to take third. She was also third in the 200m where she notched another PR of 24.97 seconds.
Caitlin Turner was third in the 1500m, crossing the finish line 4:36.42, while Catherine Martine wasn't far behind in fifth (4:39.58).
Amber Clark established a personal-record 14.20 in the 100m hurdles to come in fourth. She also had a top-10 performance in the 200m where she ran a personal-best 25.68.
LBSU won the 4x100 relay (46.63), and was the runner-up in the 4x400 (3:44.54).
Long Beach State took the top three spots in the hammer throw. Fatima Vergara won the event (183-01) one day after establishing a personal-record 192-02 at the Ben Brown Invitational. Marina Shelton was second at 170-07, and Chaylene Bruggeman was third with a lifetime-best 162-09.
Vergara chipped in a runner-up finish in the discus (149-00), while Linda Rueff was third (147-09).
Tiffany Forbito claimed the javelin title with a toss of 138-05. Koquise Richards was the runner-up in the long jump, notching a personal-best 19-01.25, and Aundrea Yancy tied for second in the high jump at 5-03. Amber Britt also posted a personal-record 11-03 to finish fourth in the pole vault.
Long Beach State is back in action next weekend when it sends a split squad to the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., and the UCI Spring Break Invitational in Irvine.
Anteater 4-Way Meet
Long Beach State 108, Cerritos College 70
Long Beach State 86, Purdue 82
Long Beach State 104, UC Irvine 54
Long Beach State 123, Cerritos College 65
Long Beach State 96, Purdue 77
Long Beach State 103, UC Irvine 80
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