Kemonie Briggs Ties School Record at USC Trojan Invitational
Long Beach State wins five events in meet
LOS ANGELES – Sophomore Kemonie Briggs tied the Long Beach State school record en route to winning the men’s long jump as he helped pace the Beach in several strong performances at the USC Trojan Invitational on Saturday.
Long Beach State dominated the field events collecting five wins over the two-day meet. On day one, Robert Marlow and De’Ondra Young claimed first in the men’s and women’s hammer throws, respectively, as the duo set the tone going into the final day.
“There is so much to congratulate this team on for its achievement versus solid Pac-12 competition,” Long Beach State head coach Andy Sythe said. “We continue to show our ability and strength against traditionally strong, nationally-ranked programs. This is our goal, and we still have much to work for as we have set very high goals for the athletes we coach.”
On Saturday, the 49ers continued where they left off as Briggs tied the LBSU school record in the men’s long jump with a distance of 7.88m (25-10.25). The record was set a year ago by Willie Alexander who finished his collegiate career as a three-time All-American.
Even more impressive about Briggs’ performance was that he eclipsed the 25-foot plateau with a negative wind reading of -1.1, making it his first outdoor wind-legal mark above 25-feet. He remains first in the nation in the men’s long jump with his current distance.
With Briggs’ event victory, Long Beach State has now won the men’s long jump at the USC Trojan Invitational two years in a row after Alexander claimed first in the event last year.
Briggs set the pace for teammates Jason Smith and Sal Nasser who finished third and fifth, respectively, in the men’s long jump. Smith leaped a new lifetime best distance of 7.45m (24-05.50), while Nasser’s mark of 7.38m (24-02.50) placed him in the top five.
In addition to Briggs’ event victory, the Beach men also earned a win in the men’s high jump as Vincent Calhoun won the event for the second meet in a row. The junior from La Habra, Calif., earned the win with a mark of 2.05m (6-08.75).
On the women’s side, sophomore Bria Palmer turned in yet another solid effort as she won the women’s high jump for the third consecutive outdoor meet with a mark of 1.76m (5-09.25).
Palmer has been on a tear as of late, picking up wins over some of the top teams in the country such as UCLA, USC, Washington, Washington State and BYU.
Long Beach State looks to continue is success as the 49ers head to the UCR Spring Break Invitational. The three-day meet begins on Thursday, March 23 and concludes on Saturday, March 25 in Riverside, Calif.
“We are transitioning in our season right now and face a very grueling schedule in the month of April,” Sythe explained. “We hope to be better for it when conference and NCAAs arrive in May.”
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