March 29, 2013
LA JOLLA, Calif. - The Long Beach State men and women are among the leaders following the first day of action at the Cal-Nevada Championships Friday at UC San Diego's Triton Track & Field Stadium. The 49er men are first out of 13 teams after five events, while the women are third out of 16 teams after six events.
The throws squad got the LBSU men off to a strong start as they combined for 18 points in the first event of the day (hammer). Joel Baez was the runner-up with a toss of 185-02, while Chris Yates finished fifth at 182-00. Kody Robison (179-07) and Josh Villalobos (179-04) also came in seventh and eighth, respectively.
Jacob Fraser led the way in the shot put with a third-place performance (54-01.75). Yates and Baez added points by finishing among the top-nine. Baez's distance of 52-01 was a personal record.
Camren Woods scored in the long jump, taking eighth overall at 22-04.5.
On the track, three 49ers qualified for the 200-meter finals as Cameron Glasgow (21.53), Dylan McCloskey (21.72) and Michael Perez-Rogers (21.9) all finished among the top-eight in the preliminary round.
The trio did the same thing in the 400m. Perez-Rogers and McCloskey both won their heats to earn an automatic qualifier, while Glasgow had one of the next five fastest times. Perez-Rogers (47.82) and Glasgow (48.00) each notched a lifetime best.
Koree Hines (14.64) and Devin Hickey (14.49) were the top finishers in their respective heats in the 110-meter hurdles, and Davon Wilson-Angel (14.81) had the sixth-best mark as all three will move on to tomorrow's finals.
Jared Long was the runner-up in the 10000m with a personal-record 30:56.10.
On the women's side, Amanda Klinchuch was Long Beach State's top performer in the pole vault, tying for third with a clearance of 11-11.75.
Hillary Zator had a strong showing in the 10000m, finishing third in a lifetime-best 36:17.77. Her time ranks seventh in school history. Prism Garcia also took seventh (37:41.29), while Taylor Goto was 12th (38:48.72).
Emily Cooper was the top runner in the preliminary round of the 200-meter dash with a season-best 24.42 seconds. She also qualified for the finals of the 100m as she took eighth in the prelims (12.02). Kayla Goosby also came in 14th (12.33), while her twin sister, Kristina, established a wind-aided personal-best 12.38.
In the 400-meter hurdles, Taylor Lorack finished two spots out of qualifying as she took 11th with a personal-record 63.37. Alexis Trujillo was also unable to advance in the 800m despite crossing the finish line in a lifetime-best 2:16.31.
At the Stanford Invitational, Meghan Foley had a personal-best 4:33.29 in the 1500m to finish third in her section.
Long Beach State returns to the track at the Cal-Nevada Championships and Stanford Invitational on Saturday, March 30.
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