Sprinters Lead Beach to Strong Results in Arizona
Long Beach State had a successful weekend of competition at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Arizona and the Trojan Invitational hosted here in Southern California.
TEMPE, Ariz. - Long Beach State faced a talented field of competitors at the Baldy Castillo Invitational on Saturday, posting some strong results at the meet hosted by Arizona State. LBSU also competed in the Trojan Invitational this weekend, with a group of throwers competing at Long Beach State.
The best results from Saturday's action in the desert came on the track, where LBSU had a number of high finishers, saw a number of PR's fall and posted strong wind-legal times.
"This was a terrific day for our men's and women's sprint corps," said LBSU head coach Andy Sythe. "They really showed the preparation and their abilities today in a great setting with some very good teams. Some of these schools we competed against have some really dominant runners and we held our own and even shined in some of these events with our top runners. Associate head coach LaTanya Sheffield really had them prepared. We still know that there are faster times and better performances ahead of us, but it felt good to come out today and get some good work done and represent the Beach."
On the men's side, Kent Harris had a strong day in the men's 100- and 200-meter dash. The sophomore took it to another level on Saturday, recording personal-best times in both events. He finished second in the 200 with a time of 21.40, and was sixth in the 100 with a time of 10.59. Teammates Isaiah Johnson (21.53) and Daniel York-Mouton (21.68) also ran lifetime bests in the 200, with Johnson finishing fifth in the race. Johnson was also a fifth-place finisher in the 400-meters thanks to his PR of 47.04. York-Mouton also ran his fastest 400 ever with a time of 48.16.
Raleigh Adams was the second-place finisher in the men's 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 14.38. The 4x400 relay of Kemonie Briggs, Johnson, Faris Babineaux and York-Mouton ran a solid race to take second, finishing just behind Texas A&M's quartet while beating out Minnesota for the second spot. It was Briggs' first 400 of the season, but the quartet ran a strong time of 3:10.30, the fastest for the men's 4x400 since 2016.
In the field, Sal Nasser took third in the long jump with a mark of 24-03.50. He was followed closely by teammate Jason Smith who claimed fourth place with a leap of 23-09. In the throws, Josh Carr was fifth in the men's discus with a mark of 176-09.25.
For the women's team, there were a lot of great performances on the track, but Long Beach State's event win came from the field. Sophomore Bria Palmer won the women's high jump by clearing 5-08.75 with teammate Meg Sweeney taking fourth place at 5-05.
It was a great day on the track for junior Courtne' Davis, who finished second in the 100-meter with a time of 11.54, leading a group of four Long Beach State sprinters who finished in under 12 seconds. Madison Golden set a PR with an 11.94 in that race, as did Azaria Hill with her 11.98. Davis really excelled in the 200, getting out front early before being edged by just .01 by Texas A&M's Julia Madubuike to finish second. Her time of 23.31 is a new personal best and it ranks second in program history behind former Olympian Andrea Lynch. Golden also PR'd in the 200 with a time of 24.28, as did Hill with her time of 24.60. Ashleigh Chambers also went under 12 seconds in the 100 and finished fifth in the 200 with a time of 24.11.
The women's sprinters united for a strong showing in the 4x100-meter relay as the Beach took second place with a time of 45.15. That time, run by Chambers, Golden, Hill and Davis, ranks fourth in school history and put LBSU in ahead of relay teams from UNLV, Arizona State and Louisville. Elsewhere on the track, freshman Shyann Reynolds was second in the grueling 400-meter hurdles, posting a time of 1:01.59. In the women's 400-meters, Anaya Alexander posted a personal-best time of 55.02 to finish fourth, while teammate Shalee Reynolds took fifth with a time of 55.51.
In Friday action in the Trojan Invitational, Long Beach State has some throwers put up some personal bests. Brianna Uipi posted a mark of 136-02 in the women's discus for a new personal best. Amanda Truong was fifth in the event, as her best throw of 146-11 was less than a foot from her career-best throw. Crystal Rodriguez placed sixth in the women's hammer throw with a PR of 167-05 in the event.
For the men's throwers, Jackson Potter posted a PR in the men's discus with a throw of 100-05. In the men's hammer, Nicholas Hudson was the top finisher for LBSU, taking fourth with a throw of 190-08.
Long Beach State will return to action at the Spring Break Invitational in Riverside Mar. 22-24.
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